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CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP case review and testing

CHIEFTEC is one of the few companies that actively promote low cost cases on the market of computer accessories. In fact, the system unit with the original design, bright lighting, a thoughtful cooling system and a number of other things is certainly good. However, if the PC is used only for work, study or other similar purposes, it is obvious that there is no need to spend money on equipping and wrap it in a beautiful cover. Therefore the low cost cases are still in demand.

This review is devoted to CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP case made in the form factor Middle Tower.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The specs:

Producer

CHIEFTEC

Model

LIBRA LG-01B-OP 

Case dimension-type

Middle Tower

Form-factor of motherboards

Mini-ITX / microATX / ATX

Color

Black

Cells

2 х 5,25" (external)

1 х 3,5" (external)

2 х 3,5" (internal)

1 х 2,5" (internal)

Expansion cards slots

7

Max length of the graphics card

380 mm

Max height of CPU cooler

140 mm

Sockets

1 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

2 х аaudio outputs (headphones, microphones)

Fans

Pre-installed:

  • no

Installation ability:

  • On front panel - 1 х 80 mm / 1 х 90 mm / 1 х 120 m
  • On side panel - 2 х 120 mm
  • On back panel - 2 х 80 mm

PSU

no

Material

Front panel: plastic

Metal part: steel with thickness 0,50 mm

Side panels: steel with thickness 0,63 mm

Dimension

484 х 180 х 407 mm

Weight

4,5 kg

Producer website

CHIEFTEC 

Packaging and content

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP case is supplied in carton box that protects against mechanical damages and scratches. The front side contains the information about the quantity of expansion slots, the configuration of internal and external bays, as well as the capabilities of the ventilation system.

This model can be equipped with power supply unit with capacity from 350 to 450 W. In this case, at the end of the box you’ll find the corresponding mark, and the name will have an additional code. In our case we are dealing with the case with no pre-installed power source.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Set of delivery  CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP includes only the most essential components:

  • set of fixing screws and stands for mounting of the motherboard;
  • clamps for wire ties;
  • speaker system.

Design

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Despite the fact that the model CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP nominally belongs to the game series CHIEFTEC LIBRA, it has the features of the low-cost solution. And the manufacturer positions it as an entry-level case. So it’s quite logical that the design doesn’t have expensive variation. The only decorative element is the front plastic panel which is common with CHIEFTEC LIBRA LF-01B and CHIEFTEC LIBRA LT-01B-OP.

The case id painted in classic black color. Matte cover virtually doesn’t collect dust and fingerprints. The remaining dirt can be easily removed with a piece of fabric.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The front panel is made of plastic and has a pretty good stiffness. It can be divided into three parts: the lower part is taken by large perforated grid with dust filter on the back side; at the top there are external drive bays hidden behind a flap lid, and between them there are all the interfaces, control elements and indicators of its operation.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The flap panel has rather decorative than practical function. So we do not recommend to use it as a stand for mugs or other items. Behind the lid you be found three bays: two with size of 5.25"and one 3.5". For modern systems such amount will be enough.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Interfaces are represented by three USB ports (one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0) and two audio jacks for headphones and microphone. They have good access, but only when the flap lid is closed.

Slightly above there are indicators of the system and storage, as well as power and reset buttons.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

In our point of view, the brightness of the blue LED (lights up when the computer is turned on) is a bit overstated. If you are will install the system unit CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP on a desk or shelf it will detract attention from the screen especially during hours of darkness.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Back panel has another classic configuration of top placement of power supply unit. This approach is considered as obsolete, though as we see continues to apply in certain low cost solutions. Also a certain archaism is the seats for the 80-mm fans. Especially considering the fact that the width of the case (180mm) allows to arrange it on a rear side of 120 mm fan.

The rear panel doesn’t have an additional layer of paint which is explained by the desire of manufacturers to reduce the price.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The up and low panels are the walls of metal parts. These are solid sheets of metal with thickness of 0.5 mm without any perforations or spots for installing of fans. So now let’s proceed to the description of the side panels of CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

They are also made of steel with thickness 0.63 mm with paint layer. The left wall is still more interesting because here are the spots for installation of two 120 mm fans. This will provide additional blowing of graphics card and space around the CPU.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The legs have a relatively small height (about 5 mm) and are made of material that of compressed foam rubber. This will ensure good stability of system unit and allow to smooth possible vibrations arising during operation of the computer.

Internal device

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The metal part of CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP has a simple but at the same time practical composition. Instead of total stand the manufacturer has used separate baskets for optical drives and drives. Due to this design the lower part of the interior is absolutely free. This means that it is possible to install graphics cards of any length and even two-chip solution.

But the sizes of CPU coolers have tighter restrictions. Their height must not exceed 140 mm.

Also we want to note that, despite the lack of a common stand and a relatively small wall thickness of the metal part (0.5 mm) the case has an acceptable stiffness. Build quality is also nice: the panels fit well, there is no backlash or large gaps.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Basket with two 5.25-inch bay takes its usual place. Each is equipped with special latches so to fix the optical drive you should not use the screwdriver. The same mounting system is provided for hard drives. But to fix the card reader you’ll have to use the common screws.

There are only two spots for 3.5 inch drives. Also we want to note that due to non-standard placement of basket the hard drives won’t be directly blown by a fan on the front panel.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Inside CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP there is a place to install SSD-drive.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

The package of the case initially doesn’t include the fan. Such decision is due to manufacturer desire to minimize the final cost of the device. Although some users can find other positive aspects. For example, they do not need to pay for the components that are under the warranty in the first months of operation of the computer.

As for the spots for fans, it looks as follows:

  • On front panel - 1 х 80 mm / 1 х 90 mm / 1 х 120 m
  • On side panel - 2 х 120 mm
  • On back panel - 2 х 80 mm

So if necessary it will be easy to organize an active air circulation and direct air cooling of graphics card and space near CPU.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Wires ran from the ports and buttons arranged on the front panel are rather long, so the connection to the motherboard should have no problems. Audio socket is performed as HD Audio.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

Configuration of the motherboard tray is extremely simple and attracts attention by a large hole in front of the CPU socket. It will allow to install and remove coolers without dismantling the whole system. Hidden laying of wires is not available.

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP

CHIEFTEC LIBRA LG-01B-OP


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