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Tons of room for hardware inside both cases

Lian Li has pulled the covers off a pair of new full tower computer cases for computer enthusiasts: the PC-A75X and the PC-A76X. Both cases are made completely from aluminum and have plenty of space for hard drives and other hardware.
The cases are very similar with the difference being that the A75X has a removable front panel and the A76X has a lockable front bezel door.

Lian Li PC-A75X
Inside the cases is space for 12 3.5-inch hard drives. The case also has space for up to three 2.5-inch hard drives. That means the user can install normal desktop hard drives or smaller SSDs without having to use adapter rails. The cases have tool-less features and are all black on the inside. Both the cases are 23-inches tall and 8.6-inches wide allowing for lots of hardware. They also have dual 5.25-inch bays that are accessible from the front.
The cooling system for the cases includes three 140 mm fans in the hard drive bay area, a 120 mm fan at the rear the case, and options for two more 120 mm fans on the top and on the side of the cases. The cases also have dual USB 3.0 ports, dual USB 2.0 ports, and HD audio ports on top.

Lian Li PC-A76X 

The A75X will sell for $199 and the A76X will sell for $219. Both cases are set for availability in the U.S. and Canada by the end of September.

Source: Lian Li

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sound isolation?
By Anosh on 9/12/2012 11:58:39 AM , Rating: 2
Lian Li cases are awful when it comes to sound/noise isolation simply because there's none!! Every single tiny noise leaks out!

RE: sound isolation?
By retrospooty on 9/12/2012 12:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
Designed for open/aired out overclocked to high hell cases.

I like them because of that... But todays PC's are quiet anyhow. If you arent overclocking, got low flow quiet fans and it will be silent anyhow, not because of the case, but because the fans are virtually silent.

RE: sound isolation?
By zephyrprime on 9/12/2012 1:58:00 PM , Rating: 3
But I am overclocking AND I want silence. So there. And also, high end video cards are loud even when not overclocking. Not to mention my 5 disk raid array.

RE: sound isolation?
By Samus on 9/12/2012 6:02:09 PM , Rating: 2
Silverstone, my of all worlds.

RE: sound isolation?
By immortalsly on 9/12/2012 1:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's the aluminum? It seems to amplify resonance within the chassis from magnetic hard drives. I love my Lian-Li case, but it hums like crazy.

RE: sound isolation?
By spread on 9/12/2012 2:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
Could be the power supply fan vibrating the case. Hard drives are isolated, most fans shouldn't hum that much and you can get silicone feet for the fans. Or just buy proper fans (at least $8-10 per fan) with proper bearings. Like Scythe or Thermalright fans. Noctua if you want to burn money but they are good.

RE: sound isolation?
By TakinYourPoints on 9/12/2012 3:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Aluminum is a part of the issue. If you're going to use aluminum then you better be sure that the thing is solid as hell (ie - Apple chassis), otherwise it'll hum, flex, etc.

My Lian-Li was much louder than comparably priced steel cases that I've used. If Lian-Li put more effort into making their cases less flimsy then they'd be much better. I'm happy with the in-between method of my Corsair 800D, steel construction (and far better internal layout) with an aluminum front.

RE: sound isolation?
By nocturne_81 on 9/12/2012 4:37:38 PM , Rating: 2
The reason the Apple chassis is so 'solid' is because it's mostly held together with plastic, like most OEM cases.

Aluminum is a lightweight, cheap, and highly flexible metal. The only reason for it's inclusion in a pc chassis (outside of style) is the thought that being entirely aluminum will help it shed a degree or two of ambient temp (high performance/oc). A case that is 1.2mm thick and still weighs just a few pounds -- you can't be surprised that'll pick up vibrations from anything mounted on it. Then again, that's exactly why there's such a huge 'silent pc' market; ie. rubber fan mounts, rubber psu pads, plastic hdd screws or locking plastic hdd bays, and hundreds of types of fans all with clearly specified cfm and noise ratings (I personally choose fans using a standard cfm/db ratio, with which spire hasn't disappointed me yet).

Personally, I still use my 15 yr old Antec sx1030 built out of solid 1.0mm steel. I think what sold me on the case originally was a review which had a photo of 3 rather obese men standing on a plank on top of the chassis. Since, it's been dropped down the stairs twice (shattering every pcb inside), but still as solid as the day I bought it with no noise issues (hard to imagine some hdd's and fans causing 80-some lb's of steel to start vibrating).

RE: sound isolation?
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 2:07:07 PM , Rating: 2
Actually aluminum is more expensive and stronger per weight compared to steel. There is no rational thought that it will provide any better heatsinking but there is the thought that it can be anodized for a more permanent surface coloration, brushed for a more pleasant sheen, that the case won't rust if in a damp environment, and that for an equivalent sturdiness the case will be lower weight.

Regardless, yes your SX1030 is a really solid case, I've owned one as well as the aluminum counterpart made by Chen Ming which is slightly (nowhere near as much as the Lian Li's people are writing about) louder.

While I wish they used 120mm fans, I'd rather have 1mm thick sheeting than all the plastic fancies that modern cases have, though it would've been nice if they had a large built-in front filter panel but that's not too hard to DIY between the bezel and the front metal wall of the case.

RE: sound isolation?
By zephyrprime on 9/12/2012 1:56:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. I have a Lian Li case. Aluminum is a horrible material for sound insulation.

RE: sound isolation?
By spread on 9/12/2012 2:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
They have noise isolation for the hard drives. For everything else it's all about airflow. Choose the proper case with enough airflow and put some big slow fans in there. Big fans on the heatsinks as well.

Check out some of the Thermalright heatsinks. You can overclock on air with some of those monstrosities and it's almost as good as watercooling. It's superior to all in one watercooling setups like the H80 or the H100 and much quieter.

It's all about choices and your system configuration. If you bought a Lian Li or ANY OTHER CASE and it's noisy, that's your fault.

RE: sound isolation?
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 2:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's not necessarily true, aluminum can be made quieter by simply putting more ridges in it so it doesn't flex as much, sort of like how they stamp out pickup truck beds, though if done to steel it'd be even quieter.

I've a much simpler solution though, set the case under your desk and if near a wall, put a piece of carpet behind it. Don't put any fans in front where the noise directly radiates out the front. At worst just buy some inexpensive thin backed carpeting and construction adhesive and line the case with it, then it'll look fancy as well as being quiet. Just be sure to do it to a filtered case, getting dust out of carpet in a small area is a PITA.

RE: sound isolation?
By FITCamaro on 9/12/2012 2:54:43 PM , Rating: 2
My Lian Li case greatly disagrees with you.

RE: sound isolation?
By TakinYourPoints on 9/12/2012 3:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
That and their fit and finish are surprisingly poor for a case that costs as much as it does. I had a Lian Li for four years, it was ok but I've had way better.

Corsair and Silverstone cases are all I can really recommend these days, at least in the $100-$300 price range. I've had a Corsair 800D for almost three years and I expect I'll be keeping it for a very long time.

RE: sound isolation?
By NicodemusMM on 9/12/2012 4:17:35 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I have a Lian Li PC-X2000 sitting beside me about 18 inches away and it barely makes a sound. 4x 140mm fans on a controller, 3x 1TB WD Caviar Black HDD, nVidia GTX 670 OC'd and an i7-2600K running at 4.9 GHz on air w/ HT on. The loudest part is the 670 because of the aggressive fan profile and it's not even annoying. This has been the quietest case I've owned and the most potential for OC'ing on air that I have experience with.

Very Nice
By Ammohunt on 9/12/2012 11:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
These are things of beauty! to bad i never pay more than $70 for a power supplyless case. My steely Antec Sonata has had at least 3 different sets of guts and i have found no reason to change it.

RE: Very Nice
By hughlle on 9/12/2012 11:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
the 75X looks just amazing. Definitely something to keep in mind once my TJ07 makes it's transition to being a file server.

RE: Very Nice
By Ammohunt on 9/12/2012 11:43:13 AM , Rating: 2
There is always that! i usually have more mobo's laying around than cases. Just with the way the economy is its hard to justify $219 for a case when you can get a pretty decent SSD for that price. If i did want to swap out my old steely i would seriously consider a Lian-li.

RE: Very Nice
By hughlle on 9/12/2012 4:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'd pay. My larger cases end up being pieces of furniture due to their size and nowhere to hide them away. I paid over £220 for my TJ07 and that was money very well spent. Just want to spend some more hehe. In reality though once this current case becomes a server, i'll be moving to a shuttle or similar. Long gone are the days of requiring monsterous radiators in order to overclock your cpu, other than hdd bays, doesn't seem any justification in buying large cases any more. If it can fit a halfway decent heatsink and a graphics card, job done, i remember when something like a thermalright 120ex would barely be considered adequate if overclocking by any worthwhile amount.

RE: Very Nice
By bug77 on 9/12/2012 11:58:28 AM , Rating: 2
Same here. My trusty Chieftec is around since Athlon64 (non X2) days and it isn't going anywhere.

RE: Very Nice
By immortalsly on 9/12/2012 1:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
The interior of these cases look awesome.

I bought a Lian-Li PC-V1100 aluminum case almost 8 years ago. Paid $250 for it then and but I knew it'd keep it for a long time. I'm still using it today and it still looks fresh. So $250 was worth it. It's gone through 5 motherboards so far.

RE: Very Nice
By MrBungle123 on 9/12/2012 1:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think I'd put one on my desk but the 75 looks like it would make a great tower server case.

RE: Very Nice
By spread on 9/12/2012 2:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
I've got a Lian Li A04 myself and it's a fantastic little case. Solidly built, excellent craftsmanship and the Aluminum is nice and thick. It offers wire management and it's designed well so everything fits.

It doesn't look extravagant, it's a very minimalist case. No extra crud. But everything it does have is completely useful. You can also buy parts and mix and match from other cases if you want extra vents or whatnot. It's riveted together and can come apart and back together with a simple $10 rivet gun.

By FITCamaro on 9/12/2012 2:54:04 PM , Rating: 2
I've have a V2000B for the last 5 years. Lian Li and all-aluminum.

RE: Uh...
By FITCamaro on 9/12/2012 2:55:07 PM , Rating: 3
Sorry. And full-tower.

RE: Uh...
By Integral9 on 9/13/2012 5:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree with you. My PC60 and V1100 are the best. The V1100 is so quiet, I have to open the door and check the id10t light to see if it's on and in addition to the OS drives, there is a 5 disk raid in it.

By danjw1 on 9/12/2012 12:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
Big monoliths, doesn't even look like there is a way to mount a radiator bigger then a single 120mm without modding it. It doesn't look like there is anyway to remove some of the drive bays to allow a radiator on the front. No mention of anyway it tries to reduce system noise.

RE: Blah
By tilandal on 9/12/2012 12:41:19 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe you should actually follow the links where it clearly shows a 2x120mm radiator mounted.

You get what you pay for
By Chernobyl68 on 9/12/2012 1:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
Lian Li cases are great. My last 3 cases, including a HTPC case, have all been Lian Li. They fit together great, they look great, and they're light. Now, whenever I build a new PC, I look for a Lian Li case.
I'm not sure I'll ever need a full tower, mid towers seem to be fine for me, but these look good too.

RE: You get what you pay for
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 2:14:59 PM , Rating: 2
Full tower fileserver or NAS, mATX clients. No need for the expense of a Lian Li for the server though, it's not where anyone will see or hear it often.

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