Summary: I knew about the size going in. Just get a modular PSU and prepare to spend a little extra time properly routing. Top fan started knocking pretty soon after arrival. On a $140 case, might expect better quality (pwm) fans. Overall, nice for the size.
Pros: Nice compact size. Fits 7 drives. Good amount of fan slots.
Cons: No quick release side panels. 8 Screws. Comes with slightly annoying LED front fans Scratches / fingerprints easily. 140mm started knocking around week 3. Cheaper construction that was expecting
Summary: All of the people who bought this case and gave it poor reviews didn't do their homework! I bought this to upgrade my HTPC from the smaller case featuring an ITX setup. I wanted to use my other setup, but needed a case thats smaller, has space, room for a few hard drives, fits bigger video cards and...
Pros: Holds micro ATX motherboards Plenty of hard drive space Removable hard drive caddies for extra space Fits full size video cards Fits full size PUS (though would recommend modular) Motherboard installs in side panel (I like this feature)
Cons: No side fan vents where PSU is. Brushed aluminium scratches easily Slower build Price was a touch on the high side considering not a lot of extra goodies.
Summary: There are many similar cases out there where consideration of connections and access to key components has been thought out much better. I build several computers a year, for various specialized purposes and a well designed case can make the job so much easier and satisfying.
Pros: Liam Li is known for high quality and innovative cases. The outside of this particular case is very appealing and several great ideas have been incorporated here. Very good airflow, plenty of HDD storage, clean, simple, and functional exterior.
Cons: Poor overall interior design, with NO cable management! Poor access to MB, poor access to PCI/PCI-E slots, ram, cabling connections. Eight very small Phillips-head countersunk screws are used to attach each left and right panels. Extra caution must be used to avoid scratching outside finish when ...
Pros: Comes with a card reader and fan speed control
Cons: Everything about this case is designed poorly. First, if you want to remove the sides of the case, each one is held on by 8 screws. Then, the motherboard is actually fastened directly into one of the side panels. So, if down the road you decide to use the 5.25" slot for anything, you need to take...
Summary: I bought this for a custom FreeNAS server. I didn't see many other cases that could accommodate the six drives I wanted to use. This one can support seven, eight if you want to put a bay in the 5.25" slot. Though this is a micro case, it is very wide.
Pros: Tons of space for drives and passive cooling.
Cons: Power supply over the CPU doesn't give as much space for large heat sinks as one might expect from this case. Removing the lower drive cage requires removing the upper drive cage first.
Summary: I expect Lian-Li should create a case in this size but room for a Corsair H100 with 120 or 140mm fans on top.
Pros: It is a Lian-Li, hands down. Generally this product is the Benz of PC cases, but the company is allowed a mistake every now-and-then.
Cons: My particular PC-V354B has a bad Power LED button. The light works fine. The housing of the Power button is not installed well from the factory. Every time I press it, it pushes back in the case. I have modded this case for water cooling, and basically all I did was put some electric tape on the ...
Summary: The placement of the power supply can cause interference with the graphics card if the graphics card has its power connectors on the side rather than the end. The top fan mount is positioned too close to the motherboard to mount a water cooling radiator.
Pros: The brushed metal finish looks great. 2 120mm front intake fans light up blue which is cool and it also includes a 140mm top mounted fan and built in fan controller. The compact size fits perfectly in my entertainment center.
Cons: Each side panel is held on with 8 tiny screws which makes access kind of a pain. In general there's an abundance of screws and most of them are tiny. For a case this pricey I would expect some tool less features. There's no space between the motherboard and the right panel to hide your cables.
Summary: This is a smaller case so while you can run Crossfire or SLI and 7 HD + an SSD and Optical, it's highly unlikely you can do all of these things at ONCE although someone much more skilled than I could probably find a way to wire it all up, I'm just saying it's a PITA.
Pros: 1. Lian Li quality is unsurpassed. 2. Will fit 7 HD + Optical + an SSD stashed under PSU 3. 2 front fans (in) + 1 fan up top (out) + additional mount for a 120 exhaust 4. Takes any standard PSU. 5. Comes with 2 front USB 3.0 plug + SD card reader 6. Integrated fan controller with control on rear ...
Cons: Couple niggles that you should be aware of: 1. It does get crowded fast when you fill it up with drives. 2. every time you want to add/remove/change something you have to carefully unscrew about a half dozen screws to open the side panel. It's ok if you add a drive next year, it's a PITA if you a...
Summary: Most of the smaller systems available either are limited in terms of memory or cpu, or only hold four drives or less. I wanted a uATX case with enough room to hold six drives so I could run a six-drive ZFS RAIDZ2 array.
Pros: Room for 7 drives. Nice looking. Well built. Quiet fans. Blue lights.
Cons: Not hot-swappable. Side panel attached w/tiny screws. Blue lights.