Lian Li PC-T70 Test Bench Table
The Lian Li PC-T70FX Test Bench Table is a professional test bench table design to get the maximum out of any hardware, allowing easy and quick access to hardware.
- Open/Close case scenarios
- Acrylic removable top
- ATX and eATX compatibility
- Liquid cooling compatibility
- Sturdy design
Model - PC-T70F X/W
Case Type - Test Bench
Dimensions - (W)432mm x(H)390mm x(D)416mm
Color - Black / White
Body Material - Aluminum / Steel
Net Weight - 4.99kg
5.25" drive bay - None
HDD bay - 3.5" HDD x1 + 2.5" HDD x5 or 3.5" HDD x2 + 2.5" HDD x1
Expansion Slot - 8
Motherboard - E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX
System Fan - 140mm Fan x2 or 120mm Fan x3(Optional)
I/O Ports - USB3.0 x2, HD Audio
PSU - ATX(Optional)
- Quality material
- Modular design
- Hardware is easy to access
- Open and Closed case scenarios possible
- The panels are prone to gather finger prints and dust
- Needs a lot of space on the desk
As a review site, we need to test a lot of hardware, it being motherboards, VGAs, CPUs and the occasional air and liquid cooler. We could go cheap and use the cardboards the motherboards are shipped with, but we wanted to go a bit more professional, so Lian Li was kind enough to send us their latest Lian Li PC-T70 Test Bench Table. The review you are about to read tells everything about the bench table you need to know, and something more. Enjoy.
Packaging and Content
Lets start this review with the most obvious: this is not a normal case. This is a Test Bench Table, and a very gorgeous looking one at it. This is something the average PC enthusiast is not really going to buy, but we are not average PC enthusiasts: we are reviewers, and this case suits us perfectly. but lets start from the beginning…
The case arrived in a big brown carton box, and this was nothing exceptional looking: just a big brown carton box. My review table was full of hardware, so I had to unbox it on the couch…
Once opened, this is what I was presented with: some packaging material safely embracing the test bench itself, and on top of it a smaller white box.
The white box contains the accessories to the test bench case, more on that later.
White box removed, finally I get a glimpse of the black anodized bench table:
The test bench table is wrapped in plastic to protect it from humidity: this is good… Taking it out of the case was easy, and showed me how far has Lian Li come to protect this product: well done!
Removing all that packaging and protecting material, this is what was sitting on my couch: The Lian Li PC-T70 Test Bench Table in all its bare beauty:
Who has already worked with a test bench table, knows what he’s looking at. For those who don’t this is basically an “inside out” case: the hardware is not contained inside a metallic structure, but installed atop it so to ease swapping it frequently, and basically being able to check it out constantly (and taking pictures, of course) without having to peek inside a case through a windowed side panel. Yet, all the features of a normal case are still there, only placed differently. For example, the power supply is installed under the motherboard tray, facing the right of the test bench table.
The rectangular bracket will hold the power supply in place. On this side you can also see the small HD cage for 4 x 2,5″ hard drives, or SSDs. Turning the bench table, we get to the rear side and enthusiasts will immediately recognize that this side has been dedicated to liquid cooling: the opening on the rear panel is capable of accepting a 360mm radiator:
The left side of the bench table is left completely open to let you access all the components under the top motherboard plate. You can also see there are some installation holes for more traditional 3,5″ hard drives, that are to be installed with anti-vibration grommets you will find inside the accessories box. The holes are more evident if we lift the bench table to show the under side:
You can also see some diagonal slots, to which you could eventually attach a liquid cooling pump. Bracket for this component is not included, though. Back to the front side, the case sports a mesh that covers almost all the gap on the panel, above which you will find the audio and mic jacks, 2x 3.0 USB ports and the reset and power buttons.
The motherboard tray supports both ATX and eATX motherboards, and has enough holes and installation holes to make your cable routing the easiest and neatest as possible. The large CPU cutout will definitively help when swapping coolers for the CPU, although when everything is installed, it can be somewhat difficult to insert tools inside the case to reach the installation screws/back plate of the motherboard. Consider that if you install the radiator, it will be placed exactly in that position, and if you big hands you could not have enough space.
The accessories box was full of all the mounting hardware you need to complete the test bench table:
You will find inside some plastic zip bags with the installation screws, the bach plate for the motherboard that supports your PCIe cards, and another plastic bag containing cable management hardware. Neat.
Some days later I received a second carton box, and this contained what was missing to this bench table, and that makes it a special review piece of hardware: the accessories to make it an open/closed air bench table. This feature is particularly neat, since it will allow us to test thermals of the hardware under stress inside a closed environment, without needing to transplant the hardware inside a normal case. All hardware will still be accessible and visible. The box contained the side panels and screws, and a long metallic rod:
Also contained in the box was the acrylic panel that will be effectively closing the top of the bench table, creating that close air environment I was talking about.
The accessories that will make the top part are sold separately, and in my case, I should have got them together with the first shipment. Oh well… Let’s see what we can build with it.
The top part is made of 2 side panels, which have a detachable magnetic dust filter mesh, and could also be used to install additional radiators, by the way,
Since with the top part this bench table essentially turns into a normal case that is laid on the side, the rear panel looks somewhat familiar, although a bit larger than the one in normal cases, and with 2 holes for the liquid cooling tubes.
Using the provided screws and following the instructions, you will find yourself with a very large bench table that is also quite tall, so you will need to have lots of space on the table. The Acrylic transparent cover has magnetic strips on the borders so that it stays in place one fitted, being it extremely easy to remove. This is the final result, after all the many screws are tightened in:
As I said, you need a lot of space on the table…
There cannot be real tests for this Lian Li PC-T70FX Test Bench Table, since it will be actually used to test other hardware, but all in all, we were very pleased with the build quality, the modular design, the expansibility and configuration options (open/close air options). The Lian Li PC-T70FX Test Bench Table will be used on all my personal CPU and VGA cooler reviews from now on, allowing me to come to almost “real life” scenarios where I can test the effectiveness of each cooling solution, as if it were installed in a normal case, but with the bonus fact that I can swap components extremely easily and quickly.
For these reasons, I decided to give the Lian Li PC-T70FX Test Bench Table our GOLD award.
Thanks to Lian Li and Caseking.de for providing the sample.