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Lian Li announces the PC-B12

Lian Li announces the PC-B12

Lian Li's PC-B12 features vents on the base, rather than the front - meaning it's not a case to sit on your carpet.

Lian Li has revealed the first images of the PC-B12, its latest micro-ATX/ATX case and one which uses a clever bottom-facing vent for a smooth front finish.

Described by the aluminium-shaper as 'a silent case with a bottom vent,' the PC-B12 has a novel cooling system: two 140mm fans behind the front panel pull cool air through a 120mm vent under the case. The result, Lian Li claims, is a case that can offer significantly reduced noise levels while still maintaining a cool interior.

Rubber-bottomed aluminium feet keep the base of the case above ground level - although this is still a case you'd be better off not sitting directly on a carpet, thanks to the small intake vent's lack of dust filter. A rear-facing 120mm fan takes care of exhaust, and features a downward-facing adjustable baffle for, Lian Li claims, even further noise reductions. Noise dampening foam inserts are also included on the front and side panels, as well as forming part of the baffle system.

Internally, the tool-free design includes room for an ATX or micro-ATX motherboard, three 3.5in hard drives - with hot-swap support an option - and a single 2.5in drive for SSD users. Externally, the case includes two 5.25in drive bays, but no 3.5in bays for those who still use a floppy drive, Zip drive or - heaven help you - an LS120 drive.

The case adopts the increasingly popular upside-down layout with the power supply fitting at the bottom rather than the top. PSUs up to 240mm in length are supported, with an angled vent with dust filter underneath for improved cooling. Eight expansion slots with tool-free clamps are included at the rear, while the case supports PCI Express cards of up to 360mm in length. Finally, an IO panel at the top of the case features two USB 3.0 ports and the usual analogue HD audio connections.

So far, Lian Li has confirmed just a single version of the PC-B12 in black aluminium and clocking in at a hefty 6.4KG. The overall dimensions of the case are 210mm x 472mm x 498mm, with CPU coolers of up to 160mm posing no problem.

UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, with Lian Li setting a suggested US retail price of $169 (around £109 excluding taxes) ahead of its September launch.

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cgp2000 26th July 2012, 17:23 Quote
A vent bigger than than the case?
Valinor 26th July 2012, 17:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by cgp2000
A vent bigger than than the case?

Yep, 1.2m would make for a very large vent. Good cooling though :)
SMIFFYDUDE 26th July 2012, 17:51 Quote
"sniggers" Bottom vent "sniggers"
Gareth Halfacree 26th July 2012, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by cgp2000
A vent bigger than than the case?
D'you know, I corrected that - by adding a comma, rather than by removing the extra 0.
azrael- 26th July 2012, 19:29 Quote
More images here.

Although I find the PC-V650 more exciting.

Not really sure what they mean by "bottom vent", by the way. It's the intake for the PSU and Lian Li has been doing that for some time. Same with the baffle, which usually doesn't amount to much.
Gareth Halfacree 26th July 2012, 19:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Not really sure what they mean by "bottom vent", by the way. It's the intake for the PSU and Lian Li has been doing that for some time. Same with the baffle, which usually doesn't amount to much.
No, that's the vent at the back of the base; they're talking about the holes at the front of the base (as seen in the image,) which are in place of the usual holes in the front panel of the case.
azrael- 26th July 2012, 20:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
No, that's the vent at the back of the base; they're talking about the holes at the front of the base (as seen in the image,) which are in place of the usual holes in the front panel of the case.
Oh, I see now. Silly me. Although I first noticed the vent on a large image of the bottom. :)
jimmyjj 27th July 2012, 00:51 Quote
Love Lian Li.

Pictures do not seem to do justice to their cases.

In photos a black case just looks like a black case, but in reality that brushed black aluminium is sexy as hell.
docodine 27th July 2012, 08:06 Quote
What's the point of the baffle on the back?

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...for those who still use a floppy drive, Zip drive or - heaven help you - an LS120 drive.

Why write this fluff and not mention what people actually use a 3.5" bay for nowadays, fan controllers, multi-card readers, USB hubs, etc
Bindibadgi 27th July 2012, 08:28 Quote
Ohh I get it, it's a silent case. The fans directed to the floor means less direct sound out the front and the flap at the back has sound matting directly behind it to collect dust kill the noise bouncing off the wall behind. I would guess it's also matted inside the front fascia too.
Gareth Halfacree 27th July 2012, 09:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Why write this fluff and not mention what people actually use a 3.5" bay for nowadays, fan controllers, multi-card readers, USB hubs, etc
Because it made me smile - and because I still use an LS120 (well, an LS240.)
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