System Construction in the Lian Li LANCOOL II
Now we come to the system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-2666. The Ryzen is cooled by an EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure. For the image output is a GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabte AORUS responsible. The power supply does the non-modular Berlin Pro RGB 650W with RGB fan. In order to improve the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions of Phanteks were used.
As expected the installation of all components in the LANCOOL II was very easy and fast. Due to the well positioned or dimensioned cable management openings and the 24 millimeters behind the mainboard tray all cables could be laid neatly. The cable covers on the back let the cabling on the back disappear without any problems and thus provide a tidy appearance. In general, the space conditions in the Lian Li LANCOOL II are quite ample anyway. A maximum of 176 millimetres of space is available for CPU coolers. This is sufficient for all powerful coolers. Even with a maximum possible length of 384 millimeters for graphics cards or 210 millimeters for the power supply, the buyer hardly needs to worry.
The mounting of the data carriers requires the use of a screwdriver in all cases. Large 3.5″ hard disks are housed in the HDD cage in the front area of the housing. For mounting, the HDDs are screwed to the plastic frame and then pushed into the bay. Unfortunately there is no proper decoupling. Two SSDs can be mounted behind the mainboard tray with four normal screws each on a steel plate. Two further SSDs or small hard disks can also be mounted on the back of the flap of the power supply cover.
The three pre-installed case fans have a frame width of 120 millimetres and rotate at a maximum of 1400 revolutions per minute. The connection is made directly with the mainboard via black 3-pin connectors. At full speed the fans are unfortunately well audible. Reduced to 800 revolutions per minute, the background noise is much more pleasant, but the flow rate is noticeably lower.
Finally we come to the temperatures that were reached in the LANCOOL II. During the load test Prime95 and FurMark were executed for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 17 °C. Additionally, this test was carried out in two different variants (case fan to 100%, case fan to 50%).
|CPU: 50% PWM (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
Housing: 100% (1400 rpm)
|CPU: 69 °C
GPU: 57 °C
|CPU: 50% (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
Housing: 50% (950 rpm)
|CPU: 74 °C
GPU: 59 °C
There is basically nothing to complain about in terms of temperatures. The CPU has indeed become a bit warmer with a maximum of 74°C, but the values are still absolutely within the green range. The graphic card stays surprisingly cool with a maximum of 59°C. This strongly suggests that the large fan openings in the front panel are effective and that the single front fan can transport enough cold air into the interior.
Lighting Options in the Lian Li LANCOOL II
In comparison to many competitors, Lian Li does completely without RGB fans in LANCOOL II and uses two hidden RGB strips in the front. The strip is controlled either digitally via the mainboard using a 3pin 5V RGB connector or via the integrated control board in the I/O panel. To enable the latter, the RGB connection cable only needs to be connected to the contact board on the front. Unfortunately this optional step is not explained in detail in the manual. The indirect illumination of the fan grilles has a harmonious effect and reminds a bit of the face of a transformer. Finally, a few impressions of the lighting.