|Lian Li PC-B25B Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 23 October 2007|
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Closer Look: PC-B25B Interior
Now that we are familiar with everything on the outside of the PC-B25B Black Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case, it's time that we become acquainted with the interior features. You always hear about how it's what is on the inside that matters most, so we shall see if Lian Li has kept this in mind when they set out to design the PC-A58 series.
To begin our journey, we must remove the side panels from the chassis. Like most of Lian Li's Classical series of cases, and just as it was on the PC-B20A, you must slide the panel back about two inches and then lift it directly up and out to remove it from the PC-B25B chassis. Once removed, the black aluminum exterior gives way to a very contrasting bright aluminum interior.
Lian Li has done a very good job keeping the premium-level PC-B25B affordable while still offering top-level features. It may not look like it, but the PC-B25B chassis is made entirely of aluminum-alloy. Considering how shiny the surface is, Lian Li has certainly learned that a little dedication to the craft can go a long way. Without the side panels on, this case (in the image above) weighed nine pounds; that's not much more than just three hard drives. Even when you consider the total weight to be almost thirteen pounds, the PC-B25B series could still be transported without much hassle.
At the top of the Lian Li PC-B25B black aluminum mid-tower ATX chassis is a layer of sound dampening foam. Unlike the NZXT HUSH Silent Mid-Tower ATX Case, which applied this sound dampening material on every conceivable part of the case, the PC-B25B only supplies this material at the top of the chassis, going it very little good to silence other problem areas (such as the bottom of the case).
Lian Li has designed the motherboard tray to work in an unconventional fashion on the PC-B25B. From the image above you can see how the tray slides towards the front of the case and pulls out through the shallow side of the case. The PC-B25B may not have reused the popular slide-out mounting panel like some of their past models, but then again you aren't going to pay for something you may not use very often.
Attached to the backside of the motherboard tray are two pivoting wire-arm cable retaining arms. Although very simple in design, this cable management feature is a effective as I have ever seen. Pull the wire-arm away from the post, and you are free to load as many cables as you like underneath it before clipping it back down. Even if you overload the clip, as soon as you put the side panel back on the clip will have done its job.
In the next section we will probe a bit deeper into the interior details which make up the PC-B25B series.