Lian-Li PC-V600 Case Review
External Examination - Obvious Differences
Before going into the basic specifications and Internal Examination, we thought we'd go into some of the more obvious differences between the PC-V600 and its brethren, with the most notable being the lack of wheels, one less 5.25' drive bay and the lack of both the stealth drive bay cover and the 3.5' bay conversion kit.
As can be seen the PC-V1000 above has front mounted access ports (down at the bottom). The PC-V600 has the same access ports, but they are mounted on the top edge of the case. A side note here is called for; a number of case manufacturers including Lian Li have started mounting the external access ports at the top of the case, but as you'll see later, they don't route the cables in a manner that is conducive to good wire management.
For those of you who really liked the wheels, as did I, Lian Li offers a wheel kit as a separate purchase and I know our friends at http://www.performance-pcs.com/ would be happy to install them for you.
When looking at the PC-V600 shown below, the changes are very obvious.
By eliminating the one bay and re-arranging the location of the front access ports and of course the wheels, Lian Li was able to shrink the PC-V600 by 4.5' height wise when compared to the PC-V1000, making for an extremely compact case.
Please note that in the photo above of the PC-V1000 the side panel is solid, although an optional window panel is available. The PC-V600 is quite different with two 6.75' x 4.5' rectangles covered with wire mesh are standard and there is no optional side panel at this time. We'll deal with the side panel differences a little later.
There are other changes that add to the compacting of the PC-V600 but, we don't want to keep jumping ahead of ourselves and they will be obvious to you as they occur.
Side panel removal is the same for all of the cases in the V-Series line. Simply unscrew the thumbscrew to where it is loose (don't try to remove it), pull out on it and the side panel is easily removed.
Of course, you re-install the side panel by reversing the process above. Some people have been known to have a little trouble here, only because they pushed in the locking devise by error, always make sure the locking device is extended as in the photo above. Once the side panel is fully in place, you can now push in the locking device and tighten the thumbscrew.
The back panels of our cases show some interesting developments, I should qualify this point, the frame of the V-Series chassis are basically two rounded pieces that form the fame when joined, the front and back are perforated with thousands of holes that aid in air circulation, with only the left and right sides actually being panels. Both cases have seven expansion slots.
Our first back seen above is of the familiar PC-V1000 showing the upside down or BTX look of the motherboard, behind the shroud is the 120 mm exhaust fan placement with the power supply cavity horizontally placed. Our next photo is that of our subject, the PC-V600. The differences here are extremely obvious.
Here you can see the result of loosing 4.5' in height. The same upside down or BTX style back plane for motherboard placement, no exhaust fan placement and the power supply cavity is turned into the vertical position. Just above the power supply bracket are two thumbscrews with two more just below the perforations near the top of the case, they hold an internal bracket that has a 120 mm fan attached, as you can just about make out in our photo below.
Our final photo in our External Examination is of the right side panel; here you can see the 120 mm fan mounted into the bracket we just spoke of. In the bottom rectangle you can see the white box of parts (screws, etc.) that are shipped with new cases.
This vent perplexes us to some degree as to its usefulness. Remember, the power supply will be mounted in the vertical position thus blocking, to a great extent, the venting capabilities it was intended to supply.
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