Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL Case Review: Build Quality, Thermals, & Changes


Lian Li’s O11 Dynamic XL case has been highly anticipated since its unveil, and today marks our review of the case. We’re testing build quality, thermals, and more.
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In our review and benchmark of the Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL, we focus on comparisons to the original O11 Dynamic and O11 Air, but also show some baseline thermal numbers versus dozens of other cases. The biggest challenge with a case which doesn’t include fans is that we must assign fans to it, and it’s easy to “over-cool” a case when we’re picking fans, whereas manufacturers often choose significantly worse solutions than we would. Even still, we went ahead with the review and marked some potential optimal fan configurations. Lian Li’s O11 Dynamic XL is built in conjunction with Der8auer, with a focus on trying to be the best water cooling PC case in its size. Even still, the O11 series has proven well-designed for air cooling, and we’ll see if that carries over to the O11 XL in this review.

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Host, Test Lead: Steve Burke
Testing, Editorial: Patrick Lathan
Video: Josh Svoboda, Andrew Coleman

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  1. All the neckbeard "edgelords" saying they won't get this one of the best cases in every category in recent years because of the sticker is damn near peak "internet"… Some days it just feels better to log off than others,

  2. You mentioned that this was a case designed for LC several times in the video. Why would you not then build an open loop in it to test? Your air cooling numbers mean nothing to the 95% of people that are buying this for LC. Get back in the game Steve…this review is garbage at best.

  3. Steven, how are you not remembering that 10 years ago some Lian Li cases cost between 3-6 hundred dollars, (some higher) they were all aluminum, and came with two, maybe three 80mm fans.
    I can remember a couple Silverstone cases, again solid Aluminum (thick 3-4 mm) TJ-07, 08, 09, 10, 11 that were 350-600 in 2008. "And the Motherboard tray was removeable" !!! 😀
    I have not bought a Lian Li in a while but I think they have moved away from the 100% aluminum build. I also remember that you were paying for a name back then.
    Rocketfish used Lian li as an OEM-ODM and sold re-brands of some high end Lian Li cases for 90 bucks at Best Buy.
    I still have the rocket fish copy for a server in use. Six 5 1/4 in drive bays, Two 3 1/2 in bays holds a whopping 16 HDDs.

  4. Love your channel but you guys just get too silly with this whole fan cooling thing. I mean common guys, I know you have to stand out on youtube but seriously, its not this complicated to be a PC gamer and we don't care about 1 degrees here and there and thermal this and thermal that. We are not building a rocket ship lol

  5. I'm considering dropping H500M with 2×200 in front / 1×140 LL on the back and Aio on top 360 (h150i but soon liquid freezer 2 ) for this case with 6 Ql120 (top and bottom), and aio on the lateral.
    Would i have a better temps?

  6. I am new to building my own PC and I am unsure if all of my parts I picked out on Newegg will fit in this case. Could use some help
    GPU: I7
    Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 DirectX 12 GTX 1660 GAMING 6G 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB DDR4
    Cooler: CORSAIR iCUE H150i RGB PRO XT, 360mm Radiator, Triple 120mm PWM Fans
    Mother B: MSI MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
    PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750W
    Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB SSD

  7. I wonder if any of his hair has ever gotten caught in the fans while testing air flow…. does his hair add or take away from the ambient temperature around the computer?… hmmmm.

  8. Will I be able to fit a side 360 rad 40mm with 3 120 fans if using an EKWB Quantum Reflective Distro Plate? I noticed the D5 pump to be in proximity

  9. WARNING: If you plan to use the 3,5" hot swap bays, do it at your own risk.. VERY high chance your disks will overheat.. I learned that the hard way and lost my 2 WD black storage drives.. Ooops.. Think GN didn't actually test those.. That would probably had lowered their recommendations a bit! or at least warned their viewers.

  10. Hi from Greece where it is always or most of the time hot !!! waiting for the case to arive and have a question : would 3 fans intake from above 3 intake from under and 3 fans for exhaust on the side work ? then i am thinking where to put the kraken 72 side or above meh am confused lol

  11. I like the tool-less plus screws. In the house, tool-less. If travelling, screw in. Captive = they don't get lost.

  12. Do you think this will perform better than my fractal design define R6 with the front off? I have an AIO on my CPU and GPU, but would like more space

  13. I have this case. My screws in the back were not captive and I only use the latch and snaps. I'm glad they did this. Screws suck and are easy to lose. For cooling I have an aorus triple liquid 360 aio on top exhausting, two 2080ti hybrids intaking from the bottom left and right slots and another 5 noctua af-12×25 fans, 3 side intake, one inbetween the two gpu intake on the bottom middle slot and one exhaust in the rear. My idle on a 3900x is 33c cpu and 70c max under cinebench r20 1hr stress tests. Gpus max at 50c while gaming or stress tests at 70% fan speed. Quite a great case. Its not very loud either. The side channel had enough room for my 1600w evga psu and all the cabling and also had plenty of tie down spots. One of the easiest and best cases I've ever built in. This was the first time ever I had to make zero compromises and could just build what I wanted without having to worry about cable management or room. I came from a dark base pro and was pretty unhappy with that, especially with its weird psu mounting.

  14. Its totally not worth the 250-300 dollars this case is going for to me. Esp for just a couple more inches of height. I finally just ordered the original 011 for less than half. I don't care If I have to put one of my 360 Rads on the outside of the case I saved over 100.00 almost 150.00. I really think LianLi is milking this one like an old farmer, sadly

  15. If I buy this case and I will use it for a liquid cpu cooler and with air cooling, what fans would you recommend,where and how many? Thanks

  16. This case is nowhere near 18.5" long. Not sure how you managed to land on that measurement. LxWxH of the XL is 23.75 x 15 x 23.3 inches

  17. Guys how can i use all usb 3.0 in front? I have 2 cable but only 1 slot on my Mainboard (Asus rog crosshair viii hero)

  18. you made me realize I was using the wrong end of that cat toy! I want a case with that many USB 3.X ports and lots of hard drive slots (after a stupid Toshiba HD caught fire I now triple back up everything I can). Also, very important, NO connections on TOP of the damn case. Can't stand those as that exposes every port to debri and dust, etc.

  19. How can an "XL" case not feature 420mm radiator support?!! Guess I'll go with Phanteks then – probably either with the Evolv X or even the P600s. This is a huge flaw and should have been explicitly mentioned in the video.

  20. Your videos sold me on this case and gave me the information and confidence I needed to tackle building my first PC and my parts arrive next week!
    Here’s my build list:
    -Ryzen 9 3600
    -ASUS ROG Crosshair viii HERO.
    -EVGA RTX 2070 Super
    -4 x G SKILL Trident Z Neo 3600 x 16 (64 total)
    -Deepcool Castle 360 ex
    -Samsung 970 evo PLUS 1T
    -Seagate BarraCuda 2T
    -EVGA Supernova 850 P2 Platinum
    -7 fans
    —3 side intake
    —3 bottom intake
    —1 back exhaust
    —(AIO with fans will be top mount exhaust)

    My main focus is on photoshop/3D rendering and finally gaming.
    What do you think?!


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