Summary: I was able to successfully install a Eisberg 240L Prestige into this case. The trick was to mount the fans externally on top. I went with a pair Corsair SP120 fans giving it a neat super charger look. As Tested: AMD FX-8350 OC'ed to 4.8Ghz 4 x 4GB Kingston HyperX Beast Ram Nvidia Titan ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z Mobo SAMSUNG 840 Pro SSD x2 OpenSuSE 12.3 64bit Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Pros: High Air-Flow Compact and Innovative Design Excellent Fit and Finish Elegant Styling Front Panel USB 3.0
Cons: Lack of Cable Management Once installed the PSU on/off switch is inaccessible. The PSU's positioning blocked half of the SATA ports on my motherboard. The PSU's positioning also blocks the ability to run multiple full-sized GPUs.
Summary: This is my second Lian Li case. I read several reviews going in so I new the drawbacks but ultimately, the fact that the case holds everything I needed it to hold in the footprint that I needed sold me. Wiring is a challenge but not nearly as difficult as some have stated, you just have to be creative. The HDD mounting points on the floor are useful for zip tying cables to the floor of the case to get them out of the way and arranged neatly.
Pros: Compact design. Lian Li quality. Easy off easy on side panels. Included fans are very quiet. Good HDD options. Long IO cables.
Cons: In not so typical Lian Li fashion, the power and reset switches are cheap. The Power switch LED (assuming there is one) did not work from the start and one firm press pushed it into the case. Lian Li should have either thrown in a card reader or a second USB 2.0 port on the front as a USB 2.0 header cable is provided and used. Is the eighth expansion slot really needed? I don't think so. Many users could benefit from more room at the top of the case.
Summary: It takes a little bit of work to get something into the front USB ports, but I don't find that bad, really. It's just a quirk and shows that things will stay firmly plugged in. The fact that it's black means that it will go with any color scheme. I do plan on putting some green LED fans in there to match my green Razer gear. You really need to pay attention to size clearances, but most components nowadays will fit easily.
Pros: The case is very elegant, and it's pretty small for an ATX mid tower. Probably the smallest case I've owned honestly. The toolless side panels, 3.5" bays, ODD bay, PCI slots, and even motherboard tray are an absolute treat. I'm quite surprised Lian Li provided thumb screws for the motherboard. The PSU and 140mm fan both get their own air filters and they can be removed without too much work. It's definitely not as much work as my old case. The construction feels very ...
Cons: The small size and lack of the motherboard tray extending the full length of the case means wire management is a bit of a pain. I did get my case fairly clean on the inside, though I feel I'm going to need to go back in there and do a couple more things, such as get all of the SATA III cables in a neat little bundle. There's a gap between the front fan and the PSU that isn't filtered. Given how the air's mostly going to go through the fan while also coming out the fro...
Pros: The case is made of high quality aluminum and looks very elegant. The tooless pci slots and harddrive cage have no plastic in them and seem very durable.
Cons: The first one i received came with a peg on the side panel broken off. Newegg was kind enough to replace the case. Wire management can be challenging because the motherboard tray does not extend all the way to the front of the case.
Summary: I don't usually contribute product reviews, but felt compelled to for this case, which has an unusual but effective design. The case was shipped in a very sturdy carton with shaped foam inserts, and arrived in perfect condition. The first things I noticed were the strength and rigidity of the case and the high quality of fit and finish, not often found in PC cases.
Pros: Elegant appearance, high quality fit and finish, good but quiet ventilation, easy access to components, easy cable routing, worth its cost
Cons: Con's: three very minor ones, not even collectively taking off an egg: (1) The PSU AC on/off switch is inaccessible (always on), and there is no AC switch on the rear panel, so once you attach a power cord to the case the PSU (though not necessarily the computer) is activated. But we rarely use those power supply on/off switches anyway, do we? (2) To put a full-length video card in your motherboard's first PCIe slot you will have to remove the 2.5" HDD cage. This only...
Summary: This case is extremely overpriced at MSRP. I am happy with my purchase at a much lower price point over a holiday sale, but this is not the quality that I would expect for a $220+ chassis.
Pros: Looks great. Brushed aluminum, curved edges, simple design. Case is just as wide as a normal ATX case, but shorter and shallower. Very lightweight. If you have a 200mm PSU, this case will accommodate it with a m-atx board. Front panel inputs work well, and the front audio jack does not have static, as my previous case did. Inside design is simple and efficient and easy to work with. Comes with plenty of rubber grommets for mounting drives.
Cons: A few cons. There's not much room to hide cabling in this case so a modular PSU is recommended if you want it to look neat and clean on the inside. The power and reset buttons are fairly fragile, and if too much pressure is applied, can be pushed into the case (though this is easily fixed.) One wire for the power button on my case required me to connect and tape it back on upon arrival, so not great QC there. There could be a fraction of an inch more room behind the m...
Summary: I've been building computers since 1983, starting with a 386/20. This case has obviously been designed with a lot of thought for the builder as well as the user.
Pros: Very well constructed, innovative power supply mounting, great looks, rounded edges save the hands from cuts. This is my first Lian Li case.
Cons: Make aure the power supply is turned on before you mount it, because you can't get to the switch once it is installed. It would have been nice to have a redundant power switch on the rear of the case. My ASUS P8Z77-V LK board fit nicely but the SATA ports are right near the power supply. This would not have been a problem if the power supply were in the top of the case, but there has to be a tradeoff if you want two big fans at the top rear. My gorilla hands got the c...
Summary: If you can deal with the cons it is an excellent case and the compact size is nice if your available area is limited.
Pros: Standard Lian-Li quality ---- excellent. Compact size --- make sure your stuff will fit.
Cons: Compact size requires you to make sure it'll allow your hardware to fit. - Access to on board SATA connectors is difficult with power supply cables, particularly with a modular one. Best access is through the back panel, not the front. - First impression of PSU mounting was great! BUT you can't access the power switch on the PSU with disassembly of the mounting apparatus. Make sure the PSU is on before you install it. - The expansion card locks except they need to loc...
Summary: I was looking for a case for a new build and my old standby case used in many builds is now discontinued so I thought I check out other Lian-Li cases. This case jumped out at me and I thought I'd found the case of my dreams. It's nearly twice as expensive as any case I've ever bought but I couldn't resist. Newegg was out of stock and I couldn't wait. I'm happy with the case because all my build problems are behind me.
Pros: Front PSU. Great HD placement with anti-vibration: drives slide directly out towards you. If you don't have a real long video card you can put in six drives, 4 3.5 2 2.5. Four hot swap bays. Left side opening (works for my setup). Side comes off with a very short swing so good on a crowded desktop. Very quiet fans and lots of them: the 140 blows right across the drives, the 2 top 120s are right above the CPU, lots of room in the case. Love the e-SATA and USB 3 ports o...
Cons: The power connectors on the hot swap bays are terrible. On the case I have they alternate between molex and SATA. WHY? The connections are so close you can't use a daisy chained set of power connectors because the through wires of the SATA connector are bent over by the molex connector. It meant I had to use the end connector on two separate power leads for the two SATA connectors and a third power lead for the molex. If I had used a modular power supply it might have...
Pros: like all lian li cases, it's very slick. unfortunately mine came with broken e-sata port and customer service is non-existent.
Cons: Customer service is terrible. Case came with the front e-sata port broken. Lian Li customer support contacted two times trying to resolve the issue, no reply. Case is long, but the power supply is at the bottom front of the case, which makes the long case moot for long pci cards like avid hd or hdx cards.