Leo Waldock 2 days ago Cases, Featured Tech Reviews, Reviews
We took a look at the Lian Li Lancool II when we reviewed the Cyberpower Ultra 7 RTX Gaming PC back in 2020, and that whetted our appetite for a review of the new Lian Li Lancool III which brings a number of significant updates to the party. With four 140mm fans and acres of mesh it may indeed provide enough cooling for the imminent RTX 4090.
Our finished PC build almost vanished inside the spacious Lian Li Lancool III and the cables were neatly hidden away and out of sight.
To put this case through its cooling paces we will be using a test system consisting of an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, Sapphire RX 6800 XT graphics and an SSD. This system allows us to produce a substantial amount of heat and effectively test the Lian Li Lancool III ‘s cooling capabilities.
We tested the Lian Li Lancool III in sweltering hot weather (for the UK) and it stormed through the tests. While we saw some improvement in temperatures as we ramped up fan speeds we also heard a great deal more noise and would strongly recommend you run the fans at a nice, quiet 1,000rpm.
Reviewing the Lian Li Lancool III was a breeze as it packs in a great many features and has very few problems. We reviewers are grumpy by nature and get bored delivering reams of praise so this sort of product puts us in a tricky position.
One of my complaints centred around the small screws that are used to secure the SSD covers in the power supply shroud and while this is a totally legitimate issue it is the sort of thing that would get lost in a review of certain other problematic cases that spring to mind. After all, who cares about a few screws if the case runs as hot as a furnace and is a pig to work inside?
The point here is that Lian Li has given the Lancool II a major overhaul and the Lancool III is a fine piece of work that ticks a great many boxes. If you don't much fancy the Lancool III, our guess is that you have no need for a bazillion storage drives and don't much fancy installing an E-ATX motherboard.
These are solid reasons for looking elsewhere and of course Lian Li might suggest their own O11 Dynamic EVO or perhaps their O11 Air Mini as alternatives. Lian Li has a wide and varied range of cases that cover a broad swathe of the enthusiast market and while the Lancool III won't be ideal for everyone, it certainly addresses a particular niche in an impressive manner.
You can buy the Lian Li Lancool III from Overclockers UK for £159.95 HERE.
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