This around 60-70€ chassis seemed to be one of the more interesting models out there when it comes to value for your money, especially since it brings a bit of a unique approach on few things, and more so since I haven’t built in Enermax chassis for, I can’t even remember, so let’s do just that.
Right of the bat the LibIllusion LL30 jumps off from your regular bunch and grabs your attention with, besides its weird name, with its RGB lighting also. They didn’t go over the top in that regard my opinion, it’s suits the chassis overall pretty militaristic and so to speak angled, sharp design approach, there’s a subtle hint of it on the front panel, followed up with the long sideline separating the bottom and the main compartment just were the tempered glass side panel meets the power supply cover, giving it a pretty cool effect since that bottom edge of it isn’t covered in that dark edge framing.
There’s also one 120 mm ARGB fan on that back of the chassis that comes with it, and since I’m already talking about it, let’s address one a bit odd thing about it, which is that it uses a molex power connector. That’s a weird choice, since rarely anyone, especially users how are build a new PC’s, has a need to use a molex power cable in general, so that translates into an extra power cable that needs to be managed or put in for those who have modular power supplies. I’m hoping they’ll maybe revise this with at least a 3-pin fan header.
Thankfully, that molex powered fan tops off at 1000 RPM, so it turned out to be really quiet, which I was hoping for since you have zero control over it. The second 120 mm is not from the same fan series, so they don’t come in pair, which is unusual, but at least you’ll get a 3-pin fan header for it, while OK, I get it, you have RGB’s on the front, and even if you would to get the same RGB, you couldn’t face it so it lights toward the insight of the chassis since in that case it would pull the air out of the chassis from the front.
As you can probably see, there’s a 240 mm all-in-one watercolor placed on the top, from Enermax Aquafusion series, with a pair of RGB fans and this really cool infinity mirror-like RGB water-block, braided like tubing, and interesting design of the outer shell of the radiator, but more on it and it’s performance a bit later.
Enermax Libllusion LL30 – Different spin on things
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Let’s get back outside again. On the top I’ve encountered something that you usually see on graphics, port covers, which is thoughtful, although they were a bit challenging to pull out, they were really in there. Here you will find your power on, reset switch, LED indicator light, 3,5 mm audio in and out jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, and a blank button, like ones you get in cars.
The build of the Enermax Libllusion LL30 quality looks to be decent, the front panel is competently plastic, but the metal framing seems to be pretty thick, and the whole chassis feels rugged and even somewhat heavy for a reasonable compact chassis like this one.
The tempered side panel is ever so slightly tinted, which I’m personally fond of. It’s held by four of these big thumbscrews in each corner and sits on rubber grommets, but be extra careful when pulling it off of them, since the only place you can actually grab a hold of it is on the left side, while my advice for you would be to pull the front panel off, which is done pretty easily, then you’ll have another holding point on the right side of if, so will be able to take it with two hands.
Below the tempered glass you can see this small panel with Enermax logo on it that’s flush with everything, and although you would think that it’s fixed, it actually slides off, there are two screws on the back, and unfortunately one on the top of the power supply shroud, inside the chassis. I say unfortunately because At first, I thought that undoing those two screws will be enough to pull it off, but nevertheless, an awesome feature to have, it makes the build that much easier since it gives you more access. A little remind be sure though – be sure to put that cover back before you pull the powers supply completely in because you won’t be able to slide the panel back on since the top edge of it can’t hook to the top part of the shroud, as the power supply is basically flush with it, so it can’t go through. Hopefully, this is something they revisit in the future.
They’re also using those big thumb screws for holding the right-side panel, be sure to pay attention and not to mix them with ones holding the tempered glass, because those ones have different threads. The way that panel hooks up is something I haven’t seen before, it has this keyhole like a slot that latches onto these small screws. It’s actually pretty brilliant, it makes closing the panel easier when you have thicker cables behind it.
Hidden RGB’s for Enermax LL30
Since Enermax LL30 is a standard ATX mid-tower chassis, doing a build in it was pretty easy, there’s enough room around the motherboard tray, everything else surrounding it is pretty much flush with it, so nothing will get in your way or make running your cables harder. Speaking of that, we do have a lot of cutouts around the motherboard tray, the only thing that is missing is some rubber grommets and maybe a separate whole put more towards the tempered glass side panel for running though the PCI-express power connector for the graphics card. Unfentnly, I again see the trend of snap-off covers for the 6 of 7 expansion slots on the back.
For cooling options, you can put 120 mm fan on the back, up to 240 mm radiator on the top with a magnetic dust filter, with pretty good cleaner for the motherboard as you can see here, although I had to remove the fans first once I went in to put the motherboard, since the VRM heatsink was pretty tall and right the edge of the PCB. On the front, you can put up to 360 mm long radiator depending on your drive cage configuration. You can also do a push-pull setup, but bear in mind that you only have around 65 mm of space in this top cut out of the power supply shroud.
I was worried about the airflow coming from the front as it was a bit confusing at first as I saw this white and black piece of paper like material inside of the chassis front panel, but there’s a reason why they did like this. They’ve put an LED RGB strip against that white glossy surface, so it amplifies and redistributes the light across that inner compartment, and shines better through the crevices of the front panel. Plus, it in a way sort of tunnels and channels the incoming air, and will see if that makes any difference in cooling performance, although I’m disappointed that it doesn’t have at least some kind dust filter. Besides the top one, we do have one on the bottom for the power supply, and since we’re already here, you can see plastic stands with some rubber padding on them
Moving to the back, in the power supply compartment you will find a standard drive cage with two removable drive caddies for 3,5” and 2,5” drives. I like that they’ve put thumbscrews on the bottom of it so you can just easily move it around or remove it completely, but in ma case, since I’ve brought the front fan up a bit, and since the chassis is long enough, my really long power supply didn’t have any problem fitting in with also leaving some room for the cables. There are also three spots behind the motherboard tray for 2,5” drive, one in a form of this separate caddie on the right, and two that you just screw into the left side of the back tray.
Libllusion LL30 for shortlist?
Back here in the middle, you will find a hub, unfortunately, it’s not a combo fan and RGB hub, but rather just an ARGB hub, which is still appreciated. It’s powered using a dedicated SATA power connector and there are actually two ways of controlling the chassis RGB’s, one being over the motherboards itself as from the hub goes one ARGB cable, and the other one is the reset button when it’s hooked up to the hub, or in my case, I could use this handy controller thingy from the Aquafusion watercooler bundle.
As I Said, I ended bumping up the 120 mm fan up a bit on the front so it can directly blow over the graphics card while trying to play my cards on creating a negative pressure environment so the chassis gets as much of cool air possible from the front gaps, and it turned out to be pretty OK. As you can see here I got respective CPU and GPU temperature in a few of my different testings scenarios, nothing off the scale compared to what I recently reviewed, like the SilentiumPC SG1V, feel free to check it out later, I will put a link in the right top corner.
Besides having this really cool looking CPU block, the Aqua-fusion 240 mm all-in-one watercolor, did a really good job on cooling AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X, it also had a pretty silent pump at lower RPM’s, but the fans were more on the opposite side of that, at least on the top end, as you’ll now hear, but you can always try to tweak it your self in BIOS and find a good balance of performance and noise.
When you draw the line there’s a lot to like about Enermax’s LL30 chassis like its unique design and interesting technical solutions, but there are also few things where you would maybe expect them to do better. However you look at it, there’s always room for improvement, but as it is, this model will for sure have its user base.
That’s it for this time, thanks for checking out my Enermax Libllusion LL30 Review, if you have any question feel free to hit me in the comments section of my YouTube video listed above, you can contact me via my social media channels!