Today we’ll be taking a look at the Lian Li PC-Q17 WX SFF case, with the build quality of a Lian Li combined with the branding of Republic of Gamers this really is a case that is niche and aimed at those wanting to complete the ROG line-up. With the release of the new ITX ROG boards I’m actually very impressed Lian Li released this case, from the ground up it does boast SFF origins but with a smart design the case feels very big.. even though it really is small.
The features that jump out at you straight away are the incredible PSU mounting options, the spacious compartment in the center of the case, 270mm GPU support, and the ability to run some seriously large ATX and SFX PSU’s with ease. Which is really nice for those who plan on running hefty graphics cards, and large power supplies to take their gaming to the next level.
We actually felt really impressed they opted for this design, as it means cooler support is quite varied and so is the variety of hardware that can be installed. In fact we even managed to fit one of the largest top down coolers into our build which you can see later on in the review.
|Case Type||Mini Tower Chassis|
|Front bezel Material||Aluminum|
|5.25″ drive bay (External)||1 Slim ODD (Slot-In)
or 3.5″ HDD x1
or 2.5″ HDD x1
|3.5″ drive bay (External)||None|
|HDD bay||3.5″ HDD x3
2.5″ HDD x5
|System Fan(Rear)||80mm x2(Optional)|
|System Fan(Top)||140mm x1
|System Fan(Base)||120mm x2(Optional)|
|I/O Ports||USB 3.0 x 2
|PSU Type||ATX /SFX|
|Maximum Compatibility||VGA Card length: 270mm
CPU cooler height: 140mm
PSU length: 150mm
THE BUILD & CLOSER LOOK
Given that this is one of our first case reviews on Plexus Hub we wanted to give you a feel for how we feel a product should be reviewed. You won’t find pesky benchmarks here, but you will find a one off custom build that we feel suits the case. We’ll run through things we liked, and things we disliked. Most importantly we’ll try to summarize our points to keep it brief and easy to read. But first, here are some pictures of the case and if you want to know more watch the unboxing of the case in the previous section.
We really enjoyed building in this case for a number of reasons, the first is most likely the gorgeous machining of the case making it really light and almost fun to take apart. Almost everything can be done by hand excluding any screws to attach components like the motherboard, making it super easy and quick to build. The general layout of this case is incredible, with options to install drives just about everywhere we didn’t have a complaint with the functionality and expandability.
For our cooling we actually used a Noctua C14 which is a little big for the board but just fit in the case with a short PCB graphics card, two rear mounted 80mm Noctua Redux fans and an additional top 140mm fan. Which when you take a step back, is a lot of cooling for such a small space. And generally speaking the performance of all this cooling is taken to another level given the way Lian Li cases are milled, giving huge amounts of ventilation.
We didn’t really find anything we disliked, although we will say that wearing gloves is probably recommended when working with a case of this material. Also when you spend this much on a case additional or preinstalled LEDS would have been nice, given the included ones don’t illuminate that much. And the last thing we disliked? Well that would sadly be the top mounted 240mm radiator – because external radiators aren’t cool
Bottom line – This is one incredible case, from the design to the aesthetics it simply feels like Lian Li with a hint of ROG. No expense has been spared with the incredible machining, and if you have a ROG based ITX board we highly recommend this case to complete the build.
From a performance point of view this case is incredible, being one of the largest SFF cases in terms of efficient use of space to allow for larger coolers without any problems. Even cases like the SG13 can’t mount the C14, which isn’t that much smaller. And the mesh design of the case allows for plenty of airflow, so there should be no problems if you decided to overclock and install a massive GPU.
Lastly the design, as I’ve touched on it in the previous section I’ll just say it was impeccable in every aspect. We do find the external radiator strange, but looking past this you can use every inch of the case and that in my eyes makes an SFF case truly perfect. Aesthetically it fits so well with many different product lines and we love how it looks with our Redux fans, but can see products like Corsair 120mm ring fans looking awesome. From start to finish it has been a pleasure to build in this case.
So the price, I know that is what will catch most people’s eye. Well in truth I can’t really say if a case is worth this much as that is really down to the buyer, in my eyes? The money has been well spent on quality machining and a fantastic design. Most people will think the price comes from the ROG features, but I think if you want to own an iconic case like this? Money isn’t really an issue. Not to mention this case will out live the components you put in it.
Big thanks to Lian Li for sending us this case to review, it has been so much fun reviewing such a fantastic product. We’ve decided to give this several awards, being the editors choice, performance award, and design award. We would love to see this case also launched in other colour schemes and designs?