Lian Li announces PC-CK101 Train Case

Lian Li announces PC-CK101 Train Case

Lian Li's bonkers PC-CK101 train-themed mini-ITX case is to launch in October in both stationary and moving flavours.

If the highlight of this year's Computex event for you was Lian Li's remote-controlled train-themed mini-ITX case, we've got some good news: the company has officially announced that it will be selling the case through its retail channels.

The PC-CK101 Train Themed Aluminium Chassis, to give the creation its full title, is - as the name suggests - a computer case designed to look like an old-fashioned steam train. Inside buyers will find room for a mini-ITX motherboard, room for one 3.5" and one 2.5" hard drive, and two externally-accessible USB 3.0 ports on the side. A 300W 80 Plus-certified small-form factor power supply is also included.

The case itself is separated into two sections: the car, which holds the motherboard and a 120mm cooling fan, and the engine, which includes the power supply, hard drives and room for a slim optical drive at the front. The dual LED power button sits on the front of the engine, glowing blue when powered on and red during read access. Cable management between the two case portions is achieved through a hidden tunnel.

Lian Li has confirmed that two versions of the PC-CK101 will be available at launch: a Standard Edition, which comes with a single length of track, and the Premium Edition, which comes with six interlocking lengths of track and the ability - and we're honestly not kidding here - to move itself up and down the track via remote control.

The case itself is constructed from aluminium - as you would expect from a Lian Li case - weighs 4.1kg and measures 185mm wide by 258mm high and 515mm long - minus the track length. Due to launch in the middle of October, the case will cost £160 in Standard Edition guise or £265 for the ambulatory Premium Edition.

If you're not quite enamoured enough to shell out that much cash, there's one final bit of good news: Lian Li's giving away a single model through its Facebook page under the 'PC-CK101 Contest' tab.

Full specifications, an image gallery and a downloadable user manual are all available on Lian Li's official product page.


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coolius 19th September 2012, 10:08 Quote
notmeagain 19th September 2012, 10:12 Quote

Who fed the RnD team crack that morning?
GuilleAcoustic 19th September 2012, 10:16 Quote
Go Lian Li, Go !! They really have b0ll0ck5 to release it. We need original, less towerish, cubish ... computerish cases.
Krikkit 19th September 2012, 10:20 Quote
Even for LiLi that's a new level of crazy. :D
GeorgeStorm 19th September 2012, 10:21 Quote
This is awesome.

Makes me want to build a pc in it, family media pc maybe, only issue being the crazy price :(
coolius 19th September 2012, 10:27 Quote
Can it run Steam?
Gareth Halfacree 19th September 2012, 10:28 Quote
Originally Posted by coolius
Can it run Steam?
GuilleAcoustic 19th September 2012, 10:40 Quote
Originally Posted by coolius
Can it run Steam?

Can it run Railroad tycoon from Steam ? :o
XXAOSICXX 19th September 2012, 11:06 Quote
That's so awesome. I love it.
Kacela 19th September 2012, 11:18 Quote
If I had somewhere to put it, I 'd buy it just as a collector's item, and put it under the Christmas tree...
The_Crapman 19th September 2012, 11:53 Quote
This would make an awesome steampunk build.
Sc0rian 19th September 2012, 12:15 Quote
watercool it and create steammmm!!!!

am I the only one thinking that?

Woodspoon 19th September 2012, 13:06 Quote
Hmm, different is good, we need more different shaped cases but I'm not sure this different is the way to to go.
Amsalpedalb 19th September 2012, 13:54 Quote
Gotta buy this, watercool it, install Steam and then Railworks. Because CHOO CHOO.
GuilleAcoustic 19th September 2012, 14:06 Quote
Another crazy thing that could match the ChuChu

Shirty 19th September 2012, 15:11 Quote
I think I crammed most of my train puns in to my first reaction to this case in June:
Originally Posted by Shirty
That Lian-Li case is loco. Like, completely off the rails. I think the designers have gone down the wrong track, lost their train of thought.

Perhaps they were just letting off steam, but if they worked for me then they'd be shunted.

[PUNK] crompers 19th September 2012, 15:19 Quote
Its a headline grabber, they do it all the time and it gets them loads of free publicity.

I'd definately have one!
l3v1ck 19th September 2012, 16:49 Quote
They've made the case specifically for my father-in-law, I'm sure of it.
Mankz 19th September 2012, 16:59 Quote
I have to get one for my dad. Have to have to have to.
longweight 19th September 2012, 17:07 Quote
digitaldunc 19th September 2012, 18:54 Quote
If you bought me one, I'd be chuffed to bits.
Sloth 19th September 2012, 19:48 Quote
I hope to never see the pricing for this or else I'll start finding ways to budget for picking it up. The last thing I need to do is feed my twisted fetish for Christmas tree circling model trains.
xxxsonic1971 19th September 2012, 23:32 Quote
It must be powered by AMD
JohnDribble 20th September 2012, 01:36 Quote
Originally Posted by xxxsonic1971
It must be powered by AMD

I think Fermi would be a better choice.
ZERO <ibis> 20th September 2012, 06:39 Quote
What they should do is improve the design so they can actually deliver the power via the tracks like in an actual model train! Who cares about the possible electrical risk just toss a warning sticker on it. Then if they sell some tracks and extra cars you can have a wifi file server train rolling around your house!!!!!11

Not getting good signal to the server just wait for the wifi train to roll by and hope your files transfer in time. Enjoy the fun of literally having your files delivered via train right to your room. Evade physical hacking attempts by keeping your server literally moving at all times. Those hackers are going to need to get some horses b/c now they got to catch the train before they can hack it! Protect your home with a high power electric rail defense system, unknowing intruders might stun themselves on the rail lines.

Coming soon a high speed version to deliver your files faster!
Bindibadgi 20th September 2012, 07:58 Quote
Can we get a team of buyers together, overclock the motors and race them?
GuilleAcoustic 20th September 2012, 08:44 Quote
Use the Chimney as an LN2 pot ^^ .. chuuuu chuuu
whatsthatnoise 20th September 2012, 12:01 Quote
I remember seeing this a few month ago. Anyway the price point is new.

They really should have made it compatible with some of the bigger model train railway sizes. Maybe they have but I doubt it. Because if anyone would want to get this, it's some train enthusiasts. For them using this on a model railway would be way more awesome than a train moving back and forward a few centimeter.

[x] put in a real steam engine and use it to power the PSU/PC and let the train move freely on a model railway

Now how's that for a crazy idea. :p
GuilleAcoustic 20th September 2012, 12:09 Quote
I think it would be perfect for some steampunk mod
whatsthatnoise 20th September 2012, 13:21 Quote
Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
I think it would be perfect for some steampunk mod

Yeah, definitely. :)
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