Lian Li Releases PC-V33 Small Footprint ATX Cube Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 3, 2015 - 01:04 PM |
Tagged: Test Bench, PC-V33, Lian Li, enclosure, atx case, aluminum case

Lian Li has announced a new enclosure along the lines of the PC-Q33 (a mini-ITX enclosure we reviewed here), but this new PC-V33 houses a full ATX motherboard inside its cube-like, hinged exterior.

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If you’ve looked into open test benches at all you’ll really appreciate the design of the PC-V33, which essentially takes that idea and adds a cover that conveniently folds down on a hinge, exposing all components. This is a very unconventional design, and one I really appreciated when reviewing the mini-ITX version. So what’s new besides the larger size and support for ATX motherboards?

Here’s a quick rundown of the enclosure’s features:

  • Unique flip-open canopy, opens to test bench style ease of access
  • Full ATX size build in compact mid-tower case
  • Full sized PSU and GPU card supported
  • Up to 240mm internal radiator support
  • Redesigned rear vents with increased air flow
  • New shock-absorbing drive cage
  • Easy-open side doors with no screws and toolless design throughout
  • Black or silver full aluminum or add a tempered glass side wall

In addition to supporting full-sized components and 240mm radiators, there is also support for tower air coolers up to 190mm high, and the case also features a rubber-damped hard drive cage (and drives have their own 120mm exhaust fan). How much space will the PC-V33 take up on your desk? Dimensions are (WxHxD) 13.15" x 13.86" x 15.35", which are on par with an open test bench case.

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The MSRP of the standard version is $199 and the version with a glass side panel is $229. The PC-V33 will available in early September.

Source: Lian Li

September 3, 2015 | 02:35 PM - Posted by Sean (not verified)

"Compact" perhaps, but not "small footprint".

The footprint (width x depth) is approximately 1300 sq. cm vs 1020 sq cm. on a Corsair 200R.

September 3, 2015 | 03:32 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Love aluminum, love test benches, love this case.

September 4, 2015 | 09:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

>13.15" x 13.86" x 15.35"

That's not a cube.

September 4, 2015 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Similar in size to the MicroATX-size Thermaltake Core V21, but costs roughly 3 times more.

September 4, 2015 | 03:55 PM - Posted by ashleyackley

I love being able to open cases and have everything spread before me, and I love non-conventional builds. There is a beautiful simplicity here that I rarely see in builds. It seems to strip out the crazy considerations like HDD cooling to stick with the basics- get air across the motherboard CPU and get it out of the case. The fan at the back will allow for huge cross flow to the front, but I will it had room for a 120mm there. There is a part of me that wishes the sides were attached to the top and front for true "one motion opening". I really hope this is some nice thick metal, or nothing will line up nicely.

A good 1.0 attempt for this kind of layout, But they definitely need to step up their game for $200 or someone else will for $100

October 5, 2015 | 05:42 AM - Posted by Lian Li (not verified)

It is plenty thick, and thus, the higher price.
Splurge and get the side window, you won't be disappoint.

I wish the USB and power were on break out port, so the cover could be removed. That would be a great mod project. Hint Hint (send me pictures)

September 5, 2015 | 08:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Front fan intake ruins the simplistic design IMO.

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