updated 06:53 pm EDT, Tue June 17, 2014
Cases feature aluminum design with modular 5.25-inch cage, removable drive bays
Lian Li has announced two new brushed aluminum mid-tower computer cases today that will be available for purchase later in the month. The company introduced the PC-B16 and PC-A61 chassis, both featuring modular 5.25-inch and removable hard disk drive (HDD) bays. Each case features a tool-less design for moving the HDD tray system, and offers ample space for water cooling.
The new cases come with HDD trays, allowing for the installation of five 2.5 or 3.5-inch drives. Each tray can be moved individually, allowing more space for video cards or removing airflow obstacles for the two 120mm fans at the front of the case. The HDD trays can also be moved vertically, allowing them to be mounted in the same spot as the three-drive, 5.25-inch cage when it is removed. The cases offer a hidden 5.25-inch bay at the top, as well as allowing for a 2.5-inch drive to be installed behind the motherboard tray.
Both cases feature the same dimensions in addition to the the same internals. Measurements for each of the cases are 9.0 x 19.29 x 20.86 inches, with a weight of 14.33 pounds. Internal space is bountiful inside, allowing cards up to 16.5 inches in length to be installed in one of the seven expansion slots. CPU coolers up to 6.7 inches can be installed as well.
The PC-B16 and PC-A61 offer support for water cooling, allowing for an install of either a 240mm or 280 mm radiator in a recessed area accessed at the top of the cases. Those who prefer traditional cooling can fit two fans in the same location in either 120mm or 140mm sizes. A 240mm or 360mm radiator can also be installed at the front of the case.
Each of the Lian Li cases offer four USB 3.0 ports and 3.5 mm input/output connections on the top. A stealth cover can be slid into place to hide the port area when it isn't being utilized. Each case can fit ATX, XL-ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards with a space for the power supply to be installed below. The motherboard trays have standoffs pre-installed for easier system building.
The PC-A61 is available as a solid case or as a variant with a side window installed. Consumers that want a closed chassis will be able to purchase the PC-A61 in either black or silver. The company only offers the windowed version of the PC-A61 in black.
Lian Li's PC-B16 features essentially the same design as the PC-A61, but the chassis offers quiet operation with the help of internal padding. The company installed "sound-absorbing foam" in the side panels, top panel and front door of the case. The PC-B16 lacks the color options of the PC-A61, as it is only available in black.
Lian Li says that the cases will be available in early June, with pricing at $240 for the PC-B16, $240 for the PC-A61 with a window and $200 for the silver or black PC-A61.