Lian Li PC-P80 Review

A good quality system case is crucial for a computer system, as it is responsible for the airflow in the  whole system and has the connectivity buttons for power and reset operations. Furthermore, it always depends on the system case whether it will be easy to change hardware parts. Today we will be taking a look at the Lian Li PC-P80 Armorsuit, a full tower computer case.

 

 

Lian Li was founded in 1983 and their headquarters are located in Taiwan. Their product range includes PC cases, notebook accessories, HDD enclosures, coolers and more.

Below we see the PC-P80’s main specs:

Brand: LIAN LI
Model: PC-P80

Spec

Type: ATX Full Tower
Color: Black
Case Material: Aluminum
With Power Supply: No
Power Supply Mounted: 
Top
Motherboard Compatibility: E-ATX, m-ATX, ATX
With Side Panel Window: No

Expansion

External 5.25″ Drive Bays: 12
External 3.5″ Drive Bays: No
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays: 6 (using 6 x 5.25″)
Expansion Slots:
 10

Front Ports

Front Ports: USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 / e-SATA

Cooling System

80mm Fans:
 No
120mm Fans:
 1 x 120mm rear fan
140mm Fans: 
3 x 140mm Blue LED front fans
                     1 x 140mm Blue LED top fan

Physical Spec

Dimensions(L x W x H)
   25.24″ x 8.66″ x 24.92″

Features

   ARMORSUIT PC-P80 has 2mm thick aluminum front panel with world first and only three 14cm fans in the front to intake cool air into the system.

   These fans have blue LED to illuminate the whole front panel.

   ARMORSUIT PC-P80 features a huge internal space, user can fit the large, most powerful hardware, it can accommodate 12″ x 13″ EATX dual processor server board, and still leave room for other hardware.

   It also features 10 PCI slots, to suit the most advance graphics systems, it can hous up-to four dual slot graphics cards, ARMORSUIT PC-P80 designed for today’s and tomorrow latest hardware.

   There are twelve 5.25″ slots in ARMORSUIT PC-P80. There are also two modularized HDD cages, which can hold three 3.5″ HDD each. The user can adjust the position of the HDD cage to suit their need.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts:
 1 year limited
Labor: 1 year limited

In a nutshell, we understand that the PC-P80 has space for everything. The 3 large fans on the front and the 10 PCI slot space are nice to have.

 

 

A Closer Look – Package and Contents

 

The Lian Li PC-P80 came to us in a gigantic box, which offers maximum protection during shipment. On it we find a photo of the actual case and a brief description of its main characteristics.

At the back side we find small pictures of the case’s key characteristics.

Inside the package we find all the usefull accessories,screws,antivibration kit  and generally everything we need to set up our case.

 

A Closer Look – Exterior

 

Here is what the Lian Li PC-P80 looks like from the front. We have to do with a well built aluminium made PC case.

The three impresive, especially in dark conditions, 140mm fans insert enough airflow in the case to keep the system cool.

The front panel lock is also welcome as it prevents damage or theft during your lan games.

We notice that there is also a ventilation system at the top of the PC case.

The ventilation system does ea good job extracting the hot air outside the system with the help of a 140mm fan. 

The power and reset buttons are located at the top side of the box, with a front panel lying near it

At the front side there is also a fan controller to control the 3 140mm fans from maximum RPM to silent mode. We found out that the fans are quite noisy anyway  The PC-P80 offers an ergonomic panel on top, including 1 e-SATA, 4 USB, 1 Firewire, and 2 audio connectors.

The rear side of the case feels neat and well made. It is easy to distinguish the  impressive 10 PCI slot space.

 

A Closer Look – Interior


At the above pictures we see the inodized aluminium frame of the Lian Li PC-P80 with the side panels taken off. Generally the chassis has a nice finish and there are no flaws in the structure of the case.

Behind the front panel we find the 3 140mm fans, which assist a lot in inducing cold air inside the system. There is also a washable air filter, to prevent dust from going inside the system.

At the back of the box we find a 12cm rear Lian-Li fan, which is not illuminated.

A middle aluminium bracket is included, that is used to hold lengthy cards with stability.

We can notice the 10 PCI slot space. We doubt if anyone will use all these PCI’s, but it is surely a nice thing to know that everything will fit inside the case. Lian Li have also included 2 holes to be used for watercooling.

Even after using big after-market coolers for our GTX480 and some accessories, like the big  Lian Li BS-08 PCI Cooler, we found out that there is plenty of space inside the PC-P80. Of course, if you use a modular PSU it is a plus, as you can save some extra space.

 

Verdict

We were absolutely satisfied with the Lian Li PC-P80. It is a well made aluminium case, which is relatively light to carry due to the material’s natyre, with impressive space that can hold all your PCI cards, hard disks and drives. Another plus is that due to the 3 large fans at the front, the system runs in a low temperature compared to fanless PC cases. Costing around 300 euros, for sure is not considered cheap, but it offers everything you could expect from a PC case.


Pros

(+) Full aluminium structure
(+) 10 PCI slots
(+) Low system temperature due to effective cooling
(+) Ergonomy

Cons

(-) Noisy
(-) Price

 

Thus, we give the Lian Li PC-P80 a rating of  9.5/10 and our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

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