Lian Li announced that it is bringing its tiny PC-Q04 chassis to the U.S. This is no ordinary chassis, however, as it is not only a Mini-ITX case, it also doesn’t come with any case fans and is made entirely from aluminum (like all of Lian Li’s cases).
Inside the case is room for a very simple system. Next to the Mini-ITX board, users can mount an SFX power supply, and below there is room for a dual-slot graphics card. Be careful though – the graphics card can be only 190 mm long. For CPU coolers, there is room for units no taller than 70 mm due to the placement of the power supply.
The top of the chassis has room for either two 2.5” drives or one 2.5” drive and one 3.5” drive. The bottom of the chassis has room for either a 2.5” drive or a 3.5” drive, or if you really need the cooling, a 120 mm or 140 mm fan.
Because of this design, the cooling in the system depends on natural convection combined with the forces of the CPU cooler, PSU, and graphics card fans. However, the case is rather open; the bottom and side panels have open meshes, which means that although natural convection can do its work, there is no noise isolation. When picking hardware, keep an eye out for low-noise parts.
The PC-Q04 is 194 x 294 x 210 mm (WxHxD), and it weighs in at just 1.33 kg when empty.
Pricing for the little PC-Q04 sits at just $59, making this one of the more affordable cases that Lian Li makes. If you want one in silver, that option will be available, too.