Lian Li has launched a new Mini-ITX case for people that want a slim and sleek low-profile PC that might serve as an HTPC. This new case from Lian Li, the PC-Q19, is also versatile as it can be held up vertically or horizontally with almost no effort. The PC-Q19 chassis is capable of also supporting a discrete graphics card, a rare feature for such a slim system, but still possible nontheless.
The PC-Q19 case is made completely of aluminum with plastic fans and plastic removable dust covers that are magnetically attached. The PC-Q19 chassis does support dual slot graphics cards, however their length cannot be longer than 220mm and the CPU cooler cannot be taller than 85 mm. The case also has two front-mounted USB 3.o ports and a power button, which helps convey the PC-Q19’s minmalist looks.
The PC-Q19 unfortunately does not support standard ATX power supplies, which means that anyone looking to buy a PC-Q19 should think about buying a new power supply or buying the right one, which is an SFX form factor. Other than that, this computer should allow gamers to be able to build a fairly powerful gaming machine, albeit nothing overly powerful inside of such a small case. Realistically, someone looking to build with this case would be looking at a half-length card like Nvidia’s GTX 750 Ti. However, looking on Newegg, something like Nvidia’s GTX 760 Ti may also squeeze in there according to Newegg’s dimensions of the ASUS card and Lian Li’s own limitation documents.
Cooling very hot components may also be a bit of an issue with this case seeing as it runs passively without any intake or exhaust fans. Thankfully there are components in place of where a fan would be needed so that air flow can still be had.
Overall, this is a very attractive looking case, but may be a bit too niche for most consumers. Anyone looking to purchase this case must seriously consider their power supply situation and whether or not they’ll need to buy a new PSU (very likely).