As one of the leading manufacturers in the field of PC cases, Lian Li has created a new interpretation of the popular O11 Dynamic with the Lian Li O11D Evo XL and has once again raised the bar for high-quality cases. Among other things, optimized options for side graphics card installation, removable edge rods and the flexibly adjustable motherboard mount are supposed to entice an argument for an update or new purchase. Since this is the XL model, we are also curious how the space inside is distributed and what advantages the size brings with it. More about that in this review.
|Model||O11D Evo XL|
|Case type||Tower Chassis|
|Dimensions||(D) 522 x (W) 304 x (H) 531.9 mm|
|Motherboard Support||EATX(under 280mm)/ATX/MICRO-ATX/MINI-ITX|
|Hard drives||3x 2.5″ SSD; 4x 3.5″ HDD or 2.5″ HDD|
|GPU length||460 mm (maximum)|
|CPU cooler height||167 mm (Maximum)|
|Power supply||ATX (Under 220 mm)|
|Radiator support||(Top) 360 / 420 / 240 / 280
(Side) 360 / 420 / 240 / 280
(Bottom) 360 / 420 / 240 / 280
|Fan support||(Top) 120mm x3 / 140mm x3
(Side) 120mm x3 / 140mm x3
(Bottom) 120mm x3/ 140mm x3
(Rear)120mm x1 or 2
|Dust filter||1x top, 1x bottom, 2x side|
|I/O ports||Power Button , Reset Button , USB 3.0 x 4 , Audio x 1 , USB type C , Color Button , Mode Button|
Packaging of the Lian Li O11D Evo XL
The box in which the case is delivered corresponds to the usual design of Lian Li. Kept simple and on both sides a sketched print of the interior. On the sides we still find handles to carry the box. The size of the box is already more than considerable, so despite the handles, it will be difficult for people of certain sizes to carry it alone.
Inside we find foam and another small cardboard box, in which we find various components, such as a graphics card regulator and covers. In another box we find a set of dust covers. Screws are also found.
External impression of the Lian Li O11D Evo XL
After unpacking the case, we can already get an external impression of the new Lian Li case. At first, there is hardly any difference to its predecessor. We see a large interior, the linkage that separates the two glass panels, and greater front I/O availability. In total, we have one USB-C, four USB 3.0 and one AUX port.
If we now remove all components, we can immediately notice a change that was often criticized in the past. The linkage that separates the two glass panels can now be removed with simple screws so that there is no longer an interruption in the transition and you also get a clear view of the components at the edge.
The power switch and the modification keys are still located in the upper part of the case. To the left of it, the addressable RGB strip has also remained, which you can adjust in color and mode to your liking using the buttons on the side.
Other than that, the only other thing to mention is that we were provided with nice mesh grille at the top, so the AiO can be mounted perfectly here. Also on the side, the sideintake allows us to keep our CPU at good temperatures with water cooling, as long as this space is not designated for mounting the graphics card.
Let’s first take a look at the front chamber of the new Lian Li O11 series. Here we have a removable bracket in the lower part for mounting the fans. A total of up to three 120mm or 140mm fans can be mounted here. Below that we find a dust cover, so the interior should remain as dust-free as possible. The upper area looks identical, and up to three 120 mm or 140 mm fans can be mounted here as well. The same applies to AiOs, of course. 240/280/360/420 radiators find enough space here and can help to keep your components cool from above.
From the side, it looks exactly like the top and bottom. However, in addition to that, we can also mount our graphics card here. The rail can be conveniently levered out by loosening two cross screws. We can then install the GPU kit from Lian Li here and then install the graphics card. This turns out to be easy because nothing has to be adjusted. In our test, we turned the entire rail upside down so that enough of the Lian Li Strimer could still be revealed. Theoretically, there is even enough room to place more fans behind the graphics card. However, we refrained from doing so here.
Another nice feature is the movable board mount. This can be moved up and down as desired, allowing for adjustments in the context of other components such as custom water cooling or further. Matching I/O panels to cover the resulting gaps are also included.
In the rear compartment we have removable 3.5″ mounts and plenty of room to properly place control units and cables. There is plenty of provision for cable grommets and loops. In addition, there is a cover on which we can also mount 2.5″ SSDs, which also serves to cover our cable management. The power supply also gets enough air through the mesh grille.
Mounting the Lian Li O11D Evo XL
The installation of the components turns out to be very convenient. You can remove all the components and reach into the case from all sides. With the loops and covers provided, cable management is also very easy to manage. In addition, we also get cable ties included and can remove all 3.5″ HDD cases, creating even more space. Installing the power supply cables on modular power supplies is also possible without breaking fingers or bending cables. Once everything is installed, we can now perform the temperature check.
Performance test of the Lian Li O11D Evo XL
To see how well the case performs in the cooling test, we installed the following test setup:
- ASUS ROG STrix Z690-A
- Intel I5 12400F
- PowerColor 6700 XT
- Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB 3600 Mhz
- Corsair CX750F RGB
- NZXT Kraken Z73 RGB
For this, we ran Prime 95 for the CPU and FurMark for the GPU for 10 minutes each. We can make the direct comparison with the NZXT H9 Pro. We came up with the following results.
|Case||CPU Idle||CPU 100%||GPU Idle||GPU 100%|
|Lian Li O11D Evo XL||26°||47°||21°||56°|
|NZXT H9 Pro||28°||48°||21°||57°|
Lian Li’s new case did a little better, although the difference isn’t huge as both cases deliver pretty good cooling performance. However, if you were to look at the whole scenario with pure air cooling, the O11D Evo XL would most likely do a little better here as we have more air intakes to the main chamber. All in all, a very solid result.
Summary on the Lian Li O11D Evo XL
Lian Li has once again proven why they are one of the most well-known case manufacturers and the good reputation is not unfounded. With the O11D Evo XL we got even more flexible graphics card placement options, slight optical modifications and a massive size. Also, a big plus is the removable edge, which creates a continuous glazing at the transition. So for those looking to install a full custom water cooling system or other fashionable details, this case is a great fit. There are small deductions in the equipment, since no fans are included. It is available in black and white. We consider the price to be quite appropriate for this voluminous, well-designed and excellently manufactured case.