Lian Li Q58 Mini ITX Case Review
Published: 17th September 2021 | Source: Lian Li | Price: |
Lian Li’s Q58 is a cracking little case. Despite its size, it can support a lot of hardware, but users should be aware that they will need to do a lot of thinking to get the most out of this case.
Thanks to this case’s use and inclusion of a PCIe riser card, it is more expensive than a lot of Mini ITX enclosures. Beyond that, this case doesn’t ship with any fans, a factor that needs to be considered when building a PC.
If there is a single word that describes the Q58, it’s versatility. Want to install a liquid cooling radiator in this case? Lian Li has an option for that. Need to use an ATX power supply, Lian Li has an option for that. Want to change where this case’s mesh/windowed side panels are. Do it!
Lian Li’s Q58 is suitable for a lot of users, and that is both a good and a bad thing. Yes, ATX PSU support is good, but using an ATX power supply will limit your cooling options. For starters, it negates 240mm/280mm radiator support and limits the case’s top fan support to a single 120/140mm fan. Beyond that, it limits this case’s storage options by removing mounting locations for HDDs/SSDs. That said, it’s great that Lian Li has shipped this case with both PSU support options, rather than two models of this case to support both markets.
When it comes to using air coolers, heatsink support is weak. This is common for most PC cases of this size and configuration, as a primary reason why this case is designed with All-in-One Liquid Coolers in mind. CPU heatsinks must be less than 67mm in height, limiting this case to relatively few heatsink options. A list of supported heatsinks is available on page 3 of this review.
Hardware-wise, with support for up to 325mm graphics cards and 280mm liquid coolers, it would be fairly easy to create a PC with GPUs like Nvidia's RTX 3090 or Radeon's RX 6900 XT. On the CPU side, ITX motherboards can support CPUs like AMD's Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X with adequate cooling. That's epic levels of potential performance from a mini ITX enclosure, assuming that you pair these components with the right fans and airflow.
Lian Li has told us that accessories for its Q58 enclosure will be available at launch. These accessories include side diffused RGB LED strips, and additional mesh or tempered glass side panels. This will allow users of this case to add lighting to their systems and add more mesh/glass to their systems for enhanced airflow or component visibility.
While we love the Q58’s versatility, its pricing is on the high side. That said, PCIe extension cables are not cheap, especially cables of the PCIe 4.0 variety. Thankfully, those who do not want PCIe 4.0 can purchase the more affordable PCIe 3.0 version of this case, giving buyers a $30 discount. That said, GPUs and motherboards are now well within the PCIe 4.0 era, making PCIe 3.0 a limit that could be unwelcome in the long term.
Ultimately, the Q58 is what you make of it. Your hardware choices will dictate whether or not you require PCIe 3.0/4.0, liquid cooling, etc, etc. Cases with this type of design are always expensive, as PCIe riser cables are expensive. It is up to you to utilise this case’s full potential.
As is, we love the Q58. It’s an attractive enclosure that’s versatile enough to meet the needs of most Mini ITX PC builders. For that, we will be giving Lian Li’s Q58 the OC3D Approved Award