Lian-Li PC-V1000 Case Review
Specifications and External Features
The overall dimensions are 490 (H) x 208 (W) x 490 (D) mm, or if you prefer inches, they are 19.25' (H) x 8.25' (W) x 19.25' (D) and weights in at 8.2 kg without modification and power supply, the latter not supplied with the case.
The V1000 is equipped with two 120 mm Adda fans (AD1212LB-A73GL) that each produces 72 CFM's at a noise level of 34.4 dBA's for a total noise level of 37.4 dBA's.
The V1000 is equipped with a modest array of front access ports; two USB2, one IEEE 1394 plus MIC and EAR ports.
While this case is BTX format compatible, it can and will be used with standard AXT format motherboards that do not exceed 12' x 9.6' in size and since I haven't seen a BTX motherboard on the market yet, it's nice to know that the V1000 will be ready and able to handle it!!
As can be seen above, the V1000 does not have the typical feet we expect to find on most cases, but a set of spun aluminum casters, when you're not rolling the V1000 around, just apply the brake, shown below on the left hand side of the photo, and the V1000 becomes stationary.
They, the aluminum casters also perform a secondary function and that is to lift the case up, 1.5' from your floor or desktop, thus allowing for a sufficient gap between the case and whatever surface its on, which in turn allows the air vents on the bottom of the case to do there job.
I'm sure you could not help, but see all the holes in this case, but we'll call them passive air vents, sounds allot better. This is a major departure from what we've learned over the years about airflow. In the old days, to maintain airflow integrity, many of us would plug up any air vents cut into the case, outside of standard intake and exhaust, that is.
But, the Lian-Li PC-V1000 is not an ordinary case for ordinary computer systems; it is designed to meet the challenge of today's powerful, hot running computer systems, with a fine blend of passive air vents and 120 mm fans, thus the change from the norm.
As you can see from the photo above, Performance-Pcs has added a third 120 mm Panaflo fan (86.5 CFM's at a noise level of 35 dBA's) in the top of the case, in their V1000 Elite Edition, to increase airflow and to assist the rising hot air out of the case. I know that this has been a concern of many users with high-end Video cards; it's nice to see a company that understands our needs!!
The V1000 is not a rectangular box, with square corners, but rather a sleek box with a clean rounded look, that is also functional.
You can see that the air vents continue over the edge of the case about a 1' or so, this may not seem as much, but if you have a fully loaded system, it definitely helps.
Please notice the edge of the side panels as they meet the body of the case, Lian-Li has a fancy name for this edge; they call it a 'Crenulate edge', to me, it looks like a coin edge, so that's what I'll call it. The coin edge goes all round each side panel and is a great help in grasping the panel for removal or installation.
The construction of the V1000 is all aluminum and the side panels are a robust 2 mm thick with steel mounting rails that assure rigidity.
Moving on to the rear of the case, we see that it looks like no other case we've ever worked with.
After all, nothing is where we would expect it to be; the power supply is on the bottom, not the top, the expansion slots are at the top, not the bottom and the ATX/BTX bracket is on the opposite side of what we are used too.
Then, there is that square box, what is it?? It's meant to be a sound dampening cover for the rear mounted exhaust fan and to some degree it does its job.
The photo above shows it removed, to reveal the mounted 120 mm fan with rubber vibration dampeners in place. Here is one place Lian-Li needs to improve upon, first I would cut out the stamped grill as it impedes airflow and secondly, the sound dampening cover needs to be lined with something like Akasa's sound dampening material. Why?? Because, the air hitting the cover blowing through the holes in the fan grill give off a whistling sound that is noticeable.
To complete our external view, please note the tool less method of removing and/or installing the side panels.
Just un-tighten the thumbscrew and pull it toward you, the prong release bar then sticks out about an inch allowing you to remove the side panel, simple as that, just one thumbscrew per side. In the upper right hand corner, you can see one of the location nibs that make re-installation as much of a breeze as taking a panel off; once you have the panel remounted, just push in the thumbscrew release bar and tighten.
You may have noticed from the photo above, that only the two side panels are removable, the rest of the case including the front bezel is riveted together, and a complete departure from previous Lian-Li cases with pop off front bezels.