Lian Li’s O11 Dynamic Mini has arrived finally, and it was well worth the wait


After what appeared like an limitless wait, Lian Li has lastly launched the O11 Dynamic Mini—the littlest model of its well-liked O11 Dynamic circumstances. Since we final noticed it at CES 2020, it’s undergone a number of minor modifications, however has hung onto its most essential function: modularity.

As you’ll see within the video above, the Lian Li O11D Mini nonetheless sports activities its set of swappable again plates that permits you to select between three foremost configurations, every with a distinct variety of PCIe slots accessible. In 7-slot mode, you’ll be able to set up ATX, micro-ATX, or mini-ITX motherboards, with various limitations on the clearance for followers and/or radiators mounted to the highest and backside of the case. In 5-slot mode, your choices shrink to micro-ATX or mini-ITX, and 3-slot mode restricts you to simply mini-ITX but additionally opens up essentially the most quantity of room for water cooling. Wish to rock a push-pull config on your radiator up high? You’ll have loads of area.

By the way, this case presents a rare quantity of flexibility for including cooling to a construct—even should you select to air cool and skip the liquid stuff all collectively. The highest and backside accommodate as much as 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm followers and as much as a 360mm radiator, whereas the aspect can rock up as much as 2x 120mm followers or 2x 140mm followers and as much as a 280mm radiator.

o11d mini with right side panel off and populated with fans and drives Alaina Yee / IDG

A view of the aspect reverse the tempered glass panel. On the left are mounting factors for followers; within the center is the SSD mounting bracket; and on the best is the PSU mounting spot (high) and laborious drive cage (backside).

The 7-slot and 5-slot modes additionally help the elective $45 vertical GPU mount bracket, increasing your structure choices to a complete of 5. And because of the case’s barely wider measurement (as in comparison with mid-towers of comparable quantity), you’ll have extra respiratory room for airflow when vertically mounting a graphics card.

Does that each one sound too laborious to image? Then you definately’ll positively need to try our video. As an alternative of one among our extra typical teardowns—which we already did at CES—we’ve opted to indicate what the totally different configurations can appear to be. Our examples embrace an ATX motherboard in 7-slot mode; a micro-ATX mobo in 5-slot mode, and a mini-ITX board in 3-slot mode. All have been paired with a 280mm closed-loop cooler and 120mm chassis followers to assist illustrate clearances and provide the capability to eyeball your personal excellent structure.

The Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini is on the market now for buy by Newegg in two colours, white and black, for an MSRP of $99, although the hotly anticipated case at present is out of inventory. (Our pattern is the white mannequin, which options white panels and silver aluminum trim.) Transport begins December 22.

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