In pulling the side panel off we can now have a good look into the PC-A7010. There is a lot going on in this case so let’s start with the drive cages.
First is the main drive cage in the lower front part of the case. This cage holds 7x SATA drives and has a hot swap back plane to make cabling and drive changes easy. There are 2x 120mm fans that bring air from the outside into the drive cage, then another pair to pull that air through the drive cage and onto the expansion slot area.
The auxiliary drive cage is located at the top rear of the case and has room for 3 drives. This cage has a single 120mm fan pulling air across the drives and out of the case. The cage is also removable and allows for a power supply to be mounted in its place, giving the option for top mount instead of the stock bottom mount, or even dual units.
The expansion slot covers are all vented, and held in place with thumb screws. A nice touch to the rear 120mm exhaust fan is the aluminum grill guard.
Something else that is a very nice feature is that all of the case fans for the PC-A7010 are 3 pin fans. They all have 3 pin to 4 pin molex adaptors if you want to run 100% all the time. In order to use the stock fan controller, or even an after market one, all you have to do is pull off the adaptors. No need to re-wire or replace all your fans now; this is a big plus seeing as you just dropped $300 on a case.
At the bottom of the case is the stock mounting point for the power supply. Down each side of the support mount is a rubber strip that takes up vibrations and reduces noise from the PSU setting directly on the case bottom.
Another way Lian Li has implemented sound reduction is these little plastic nubs (it’s a technical term). These help keep pressure on the side panels and don’t allow them to rattle.
The front I/O panel wires are more than long enough to be routed behind the motherboard tray for that clean look.