We imagine most board meetings at Lian Li start off with a few pleasantries about the weekend, and then quickly kick into a discussion about how to design a new chassis. Someone yells out 'brushed aluminum' and it gets written down. This is followed by Billy raising his hand and suggesting it be a full tower, because Billy loves full towers. Everyone agrees. Finally, the intern reminds everyone it should also be high-end so that they can charge several hundred dollars.
That seems to be the recipe for Lian Li's new PC-A77F full tower case, just as it is with so many others. So what does this latest model do differently? The biggest addition is incorporating USB 3.0 support into the four top-mounted USB ports. You'll also find the now ubiquitous eSATA port and a pair of audio jacks.
Others specs include 8 PCI expansion slots, support for E-ATX, ATX, CEB, and mATX form factors, removable side, front , and top panels, an anti-vibration rubberized tool-less PSU bracket, 3 front input 120mm fans with blue LEDs, 2 top mounted 140mm fans, a single rear 120mm fan, folded elements to ward off sharp edges, a complete tool-less design, and other odds and ends.
Lian Li says the PC-A77F will start shipping towards the end of March for about $390.
Lian Li has long had a reputation for crafting excellent cases at exorbitant prices, and the Tyr PC-X1000 upholds both standards. Like the PC-X2000 (rebadged as the ABS Canyon 695 and reviewed in December 2008), the PC-X1000 swaps depth for height, measuring more than 26 inches tall but less than 18 inches wide and 9 inches deep. The Tyr PC-X1000 offers a lot of compelling features, from five 14cm fans to thermally isolated compartments to 2.5-inch hard drive mounts. It’s visually striking, packed with amenities, and (of course) expensive. Is it worth it?
Thanks to its height, the Lian Li Tyr PC-X1000 looks much thinner than it actually is. The black brushed-aluminum design is minimalist but attractive, eschewing LED fans and internal lighting altogether—fine by us, especially as the side panels lack windows. The X1000 has plenty of front connectors: four USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, eSATA, and audio.
What it lacks in flash, the PC-X1000 makes up for in features: Like its predecessor, the X1000 is divided into three thermal zones. The bottom zone holds the PSU, a three-slot removable hard drive bay, and a 14cm intake fan. The main compartment has two dust-filtered 14cm intake fans and one 14cm exhaust fan, a removable motherboard tray, two toolless 2.5-inch hard drive brackets, a toolless PCI retention bracket, and the same useless retention bar that we removed from the X2000. The top compartment holds two stealthed 5.25-inch optical drive slots, one 5.25-inch/3.5-inch combo slot, and another three-slot removable hard drive cage, as well as an additional 14cm exhaust fan.
Lian Li today launched its PC-B25F mid tower chassis. Constructed of brushed aluminum, the new case is based on an old model (PC-B25 "Blue Ring" Classic) with "a few more refinements," including a tool-less design.
The new mid-tower chassis makes room for three 5.25-inch optical drives and up to six side-facing 3.5-inch drives, each one supporting tool-less installation. Gaining access looks to be made simpler with a removable top panel, a surprisingly uncommon feature in modern case design.
Cooling duties are provided by dual top 140mm fans (1,000RPM), two front 120mm fans (1,200RPM), and a single rear 120mm fan (1,500RPM).
Lian Li says the PC-B25F will be available starting in September for around $200.
This past Friday Lian Li announced their PC-V351 Desktop HTPC case, a pure aluminum chassis that’s meant for the HTPC minded builder out there.
The PC-V351 features dual, front mounted 120mm fans that spin at 1000RPM, as well as a single, rear mounted 80mm exhaust fan that moves air at 1200RPM. This boxy beast measures in at 262mm tall, 279mm wide, and 373mm deep. Plus, you’ll have plenty of room for whatever components you decide to put in. There’s room for two 5.25-inch optical drives, plenty of hard drives, and a micro-ATX motherboard.
Plus, if you’re looking to build a media machine that’ll sit in a room where it has to look pretty, you can get this in black, silver or red.