To be blunt, Lian Li marches right into the mainstream market and kicks down the doors. Yes, there are many mid-tower cases with tempered glass, but not many are this clean when complete, and fewer still offer the feature set that Lian Li provides at this cost. A tempered glass front with room to breathe and keep the components inside cool, glass on both sides with paint to block what you don't want to see, and ever so slightly tinted glass to look through at what you do want to see. There is a pump bracket, room for a pair of 360mm radiators, optional 140mm radiator option at the top, from all angles and aspects, Lian Li took what could have fallen into the average category and took it right to the top.
The chassis may not be aluminum like we are used to from Lian Li, but steel and tempered glass has been working for many companies for a while now. To stand out, you do have to take things over the top, like removable drive cages, room for up to seven drives, covers both front and back to hide the wires, the inclusion of grommets, the list just keeps going. Of course, there is only one fan included, and that is a bit of a downer, but at least the chassis has ample potential for airflow, and the noise delivered from that one fan is at 27dB when you are a foot away from the case. While we tend to reserve this section for faults in design or flaws we found along the way, we cannot think of a single thing to bring up, which would in any way, dissuade you from seriously considering the Alpha 330 as your next chassis.
Looking at both examples, the Alpha 330X and the Alpha 330W we have, we are more in love with the black on white contrast rather than all of the black blending in. However, right now, the black variant is slightly cheaper at around $99. In the end, though, there is no way we would have skimped on the $10 increase to $109.99 for the white version. The overall look and finished product are too nice in the Alpha 330W from Lian Li, wherein the black one, the chassis is the highlight, not the highly contrasting bits inside of it. IF it were our money, and we were looking for a mid-tower chassis with tempered glass sides and front and wanted one with all the options today's market should offer, Lian Li has edged out the masses and makes quite the showing.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The Lian Li Alpha 330 is a tough act to follow. The rich feature set including USB 3.1, a pump bracket, and ingenious solutions to many needs put this chassis in the running for the best of its kind. It may not be what we expected from Lian Li, but none the less, it is a near perfect solution!
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