Lian Li SUP-01 PC Case Review

Up Close with the Lian Li SUP-01

Up Close with the Lian Li SUP-01

Let’s start off by looking at the SUP-01’s IO options. With supports for two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a single USB Type-C connection, this case is fairly standard connectivity-wise. We also have an audio in/out jack and buttons that are labeled “C” and “M”. These buttons control the RGB elements of this case, controlling their “Colour” and “Mode” respectively. Alternatively, these RGB lights can be controlled by this your motherboard.

Moving to the front of the case we have a unique set of power and reset buttons. With this case, Lian Li has opted to turn their logo into this case’s power and reset buttons. We like this idea, and wonder if we will be seeing this across more Lian Li case designs in the future.

GPU Mount

One of the craziest aspects of this PC case is how its GPU is mounted. The SUP-01 has its graphics card mount at the front of the case, drawing air directly from the outside of the chassis. This GPU is connected to the user’s system using a PCIe 4.0 riser card.

The SUP-01 also features GPU support brackets to keep your graphics card safely in place once mounted.

At the base of this case’s GPU mount we can see that the base of this mount can be relocated to center your GPU or lower it deeper into your system. This will ensure that all modern GPUs will look good inside this enclosure.

A surprisingly slim chassis

Here, we can see exactly how unorthodox the SUP-01’s layout is. Users mount a motherboard in the center of this case, with space for two 360mm liquid cooling radiators behind its motherboard tray. Here, we can see seven half-height PCIe slots, and cable ties for cable management.

Note that beside this case’s PSU mount is a small grommet for cable routing. This allows users to route HDMI and DisplayPort connectors to their graphics card. If we are honest, this grommet isn’t large enough for users with multi-monitor setups. If you use three or more screens with your GPU, good luck getting them all through this small hole.

Below, we can see the SUP-01’s vented side panel. Behind it, we can clearly see space for six 120mm fans.

Once we take of this panel, we can see the case’s three included 120mm fans, and the 360mm liquid cooling radiator that we are using to cool our processor. Additionally, we can see space for two 3.5 or 2.5 inch HDDs or HDDs under this case’s PSU shroud.

Here, we can clearly see this case’s four full-sized PCIe brackets. This is what allows up to 4-slot thick GPUs to fit inside this case.

No fans at the top of the SUP-01

While the top of the SUP-01 is vented, there are no fan mounting locations to be seen here. While this area is intended as an air intake, there is no space for fans here to accelerate airflow.

Once we remove the top panel of this case, we see a large panel that blocks airflow access to the area behind this case’s motherboard tray. This is where most of this case’s fans are located, which is why most users of this case should consider removing this panel.

Now that we have removed this panel, we can see the two areas where we can mount 360mm liquid cooling radiators. That’s enough cooling potential to cool both a high-end CPU and a high-end GPU.

Honestly, I love the little mirror section that Lian Li has added to this case. It is a minor touch, but it does give the illusion of more space inside this case.

Below, we can see the main block/pump section of the 360mm liquid cooler that we have installed. Note that this is how your cooler’s hosing will need to be directed.

Here, we can see the PCIe riser card that comes with the SUP-01, Note that this add-on card features ARGB lighting.

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