Lian Li PC-9N Reviewred454 - August 14, 2013
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Lian Li PC-9N Testing:
Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, and motherboard during idle and load phases. The load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor 1.21.0. Please note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
- Processor: Core i7 3770K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Corsair H70
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 9-9-9-24 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Corsair TX-750M
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
The CPU and GPU idle temps for the PC-9N were as expected. Under a load is where things surprised me. I might have to rethink my view point on multiple fans. I really expected this case with just one front intake and rear exhaust to run hot. More fans are better, right? Well, not so fast. Both the CPU and GPU were kept at the low end, in fact, for the CPU it was the lowest of the cases I have tested. No top fans. No side fans. And the front 140mm fan is pulling air through what seems to me to be a rather small front vent panel. Clearly the case has adequate air flow. And with fewer fans, it is on the quiet end.
So I have to say that this case makes the most of the fewest fans. Perhaps the open, unobstructed air flow is working in our favor. Regardless, this case can keep your hardware working hard and running cool.