Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Our look at this Lian Li chassis is a culmination of lots of years of trial and error within a specific series of cases, and it seems again that now Lian Li is even crossing over to mainstream chassis features, but in their own way design a unique way of dealing with things. While we personally never had any of the PC-V1000 iterations, looking around online, it is easy to see a few iterations over the years, and a defined evolution in how things are addressed and handled. It used to be that Lian Li cases really did not pay attention to wire management, and a few cases before this broke that mold, but this is one of the most water cooling friendly, yet still sticking with everything Lian Li is well known for.
When we think Lian Li, we think three things when it comes to tower chassis design. Usually they are huge, there is never a shortage of aluminum, and to obtain one, there is usually a cost premium to all of this high-end material and craftsmanship. While the original PC-V1000 was so well liked, it was even cloned by Rocketfish to try and get that chassis to the masses at a reduced price, which is how much the masses wanted that case. The thing is, looking back now, that design definitely shows its age, and this time around with what they have for us to show you, there is no doubt many changes have been made, and all for the better as far as we are concerned.
The chassis that has us all here together today is the last in the lineup to come from Lian Li with their PV-V1000L Special Edition chassis. Along with a plaque on the back of the chassis designating so, the additions of easily compatible fan layouts to accommodate water cooling, grommets for wiring and external water cooling, tons of aluminum both natural and anodized black, all within a modular full-tower chassis that can even house E-ATX motherboards if needed. Previous to this design we have seen small steps forward from Lian Li, but in this PC-V1000L, we find almost a perfect blend of what users today need in a chassis.
The PC-V1000L comes in three flavors. There is /A that is natural aluminum, or silver. Then you also have the /B version which is black outside and natural inside, with the /WX version being black inside and out, and all versions also offer a windowed side panel option as well. This is designated as a full-tower as backed by the 551mm of height, 220mm of width, and 661mm of depth this chassis is dimensionally. When it comes to the composition of this build, there is aluminum, aluminum, more aluminum, a few bits of plastic, and steel is used mainly for screws to hold things into the chassis.
The chassis offers a single 5.25" bay, and is sent with a stealth cover in place so you don't have to break up the solid aluminum front with cheap looking plastic drives. Under that there are nine individual drive trays that are mounted directly to the motherboard tray, no cages or supports needed. Each tray will fit either a 3.5" drive or a 2.5" drive. For additional storage, next to the PSU, in the motherboard tray, there are key holes to allow either a pair of 2.5" drives, or a single 3.5" drive on its side. Along with the eight expansions slots in the back of the chassis, with all the talk of the motherboard tray, we may as well address the Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX form factors that will all fit comfortably inside this chassis.
Cooling is handled with a trio of 120mm fans in the front of the chassis, blowing air from front to back. In the rear of the chassis is a matching fan used as an exhaust, and just in case, all fans are covered with fan grills. The top of the chassis offers room for a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans, but none are placed there currently. The floor of the chassis doesn't actually hold any fans, but under the drive bays there is a bracket attached to the floor. This bracket will allow you to add an additional pair of 120mm fans there if you wish to do so. Along with all of the fan locations, concessions like fan spacing and offsets are used to be sure that the fan locations will all support many water cooling options as well.
If you want to consider these restrictions in length, feel free, but the reality is things are not restrictive at all in this chassis. We have 170mm of room for a tower CPU cooler, but with so many water cooling options, many won't go that route anyways. Video cards can be no longer than 380mm with the drive trays in place. With them removed, there is then 520mm before you start to rub the fan grills in the front of the chassis. Lastly, they do mention a 240mm length for the PSU, but that is only if you plan to use the bracket for additional fans, without it screwed to the floor, the entire floor opens right up to house whatever you want.
Locating this chassis was a bit challenging, outside of Amazon that is. Funny thing about that though is that wherever we looked, once shipping and applicable taxes are applied, all of the other locations come in higher in price than the $338.99 plus $26.99 it takes to ship this chassis. Other listing apart from that Amazon listing with Lian Li as the seller was closer to $400 and some went a bit beyond that. It is super hard to justify this cost if we were looking at the average chassis, but this isn't a simple refresh of a simple steel box, this uses a mix of aluminum finishes, it finally appears to be a chassis for the everyman, and with new tooling to build this version over the aging original, none of that comes for free.
Does that mean we will pull out near $400 to own this, we are still partial to another case for a daily driver, but with all the fans of the original PC-V1000, this PC-V1000L Special Edition chassis will warm their hearts likely leading to a nostalgia purchase. For those of you not familiar at all with what the heritage of this chassis is, if you have deep pockets, this could very well interest you to.
PRICING: You can find the Lian Li PC-V1000L PC-V1000LB Black Aluminum E-ATX Full Tower Computer Case for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
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