Whether or not you're a fan of Lian Li's products, one thing everyone can agree on is that the company isn't afraid to take design risks. Sometimes they're visual, like the snail shaped PC-777 Memorial Edition that you either loved (we gave it a 9/Kick Ass) or hated. Other times, it's about what's inside. The latter is the case with Lian Li's new PC-V650 mini tower chassis, a square shaped enclosure that mounts the power supply on one of the sides rather than the traditional bottom or top placement.
Lian Li's intent is to offer more vertical space to worth with. The case measures just 9 inches long by 14.1 inches tall by 9.8 inches wide, yet it can accommodate up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives (two of which are hot swappable), four 2.5-inch solid state drives, and a single 5.25-inch optical drive. Alternately, you can remove the bottom 3.5-inch HDD and fit expansion cards up to 14.5 inches in length, at the expense of four HDD mounts, Lian Li says.
Two removable 140mm fans sit behind the front panel and draw cool air into the chassis and over the drive cages (or expansion cards). Hot air is expelled via a 140mm fan up top and a 120mm fan in the rear. Lian Li claims you can "comfortably" fit CPU coolers up to 4.7 inches high, or go the water cooling route with two rubber grommet holes in the rear.
Finally, the front I/O panel offers access to a single USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HD audio connections, and a card reader.
The PC-V650 is available now in black or silver for $199.