Today we're looking at a pint-sized HTPC / desktop case that, despite its size, can hold impressive gaming hardware. The Lian Li Mini Q PC-V354 is an all-rounder that is suitable for both compact gaming rigs and home theater PCs.
I have built many high-end gaming systems using tons of different processors, motherboards, graphics cards, and even storage drives. Although I used a different case each time, they were all full size ATX cases, which made them quite awkward.
Solid ATX cases offer obvious advantages: More space means better airflow, which leads to cooler hardware and improved overclocking results. Large enclosures also give users more hardware options, such as: B. Configurations with multiple GPUs.
The only major disadvantage with larger cases (besides higher prices) is their weight. For example, the Antec Twelve Hundred weighs 15kg, the HAF 932 from Cooler Master weighs 13kg, Thermaltakes Armor + weighs 17kg, while the company's new Level 10 weighs an intimidating 20kg +.
It's not just their weight that makes them difficult to move, but also their inconvenient dimensions – this is what makes full towers popular. Gamers who plan to move their computer around a lot need something that is not only lighter, but also more compact and easier to maneuver.
The MicroATX form factor has been around for over a decade, but gaming systems using this format have only recently become common due to the lack of game-oriented MicroATX hardware. This hardware is now available from companies like Asus and DFI, but one problem remains: what should you include?
While high performance MicroATX motherboards like Asus' Maximus II Gene may be available out of the box, you need to find a case that supports high-end graphics cards. Many compact cases cannot accommodate graphics cards longer than the motherboard. This limits card lengths to eight to nine inches, eliminating most of the flagship ATI and Nvidia products. Multi-GPU setups are usually off the table as well.
To put an end to these limitations, Lian Li has developed a case that complements new high-end mATX motherboards. The company is called Mini Q PC-V354 and supports graphics cards with a length of up to 35 cm, which makes even the mighty Radeon HD 5970 a possibility. In fact, the Mini Q PC-V354 can supposedly accommodate two avid GPUs, which is amazing given that the case itself is only 42 cm.