Everyone should be familiar with the name Lian Li by now, they have been among the top case manufacturer's for years with their innovative and high quality aluminium cases, but quality comes with a price, Lian Li has never been known to be cheap and the PC-V1100 is no exception. With its price tag of a hefty 255 euro it is targeted for the high end market, but for those of you with deep pockets and the desire to have a stylish looking case with a very innovative internal design, this might just be the case for you.
The case itself is wrapped in plastic to prevent scratches on the aluminium, and it also has the usual foam “bumpers” on its edges.
The Lian Li PC-V1100 front bezel has small ridges running lengthwise giving it a very “slick” appearance. Overall its plain look makes it stick out from other cases, and that I personally like.
When I opened the front bezel for the first time I was very surprised how “sturdy” it felt, no flimsy plastic bezel here. I measured the thickness of it and was very pleased to see that it was about 3mm solid aluminium. It also had a rubber gasket around its corner for isolating the sound made by the optical drive(s).
The PC-V1100 has room for 4 cd/dvd roms and one floppy, but if you wish to not use the floppy and for whatever reason have a 5.25” device in the lowest slot that can easily be done by removing the the floppy tray, as you can see here:
It also have the common I/O feature two USB ports, one firewire, and one headphone and mic on the bottom of the front of the case.
On the above picture
you can also see the wheels with an axel under the case, this
is a pretty nice touch in my opinion, and the wheels are also
“lockable” so the case stands steady.
The design of the case is very different from other cases I’ve worked with, first of all it opens on the right side of the case. And then there is this thing with the different compartments. The hard drives and the power supply are separated from the rest of the components, this makes sense to me since your hard drives and Power Supply can generate quite a lot of heat. And keeping them separated should at least theoretically keep the components cooler.
The fan bracket's front side is covered by a grill that holds an air filter in place to keep the dust out.
The front air intake doesn’t take its air from the usual place, since the front bezel has the gasket to prevent noise. The actual intake is beneath the case, just under the I/O connectors. And it also has a dust filter, which is removable by thumbscrews.
The exhaust fan is the same ADDA fan as the intake fan, and it’s placed next to the CPU as most exhaust fans are.
Here you also can see the fan duct, that redirects the air in a downwards direction. This can be a nice thing to have when attending a LAN, if you have the case on the table and don’t want your opposing gamer’s eyes to dry out ;)
Now on to the installation of the Hard drives, you just screw in the supplied HDD fixed screws into the hard drive and slide it into place. This was in my opinion a very trouble free way to mount the hard drives.
Then you secure the hard drive by sliding a latch down, very nice…
One thing about this case design is that I found it pretty hard to hide the cables away, they may or may not restrict airflow a bit. I need to start off with getting new SATA cables, if I had a longer model it would have been possible to wire them behind the HDD cages and take them up on the motherboard “side” it would’ve looked better. But hey this isn’t a windowed case, so I guess that it doesn’t really matter.
How loud is it then? Well if I put it this way, the Gainward card is the loudest component in the case, even with the fans spinning at 50% it is the most audible component. I put my girlfriends Ati 9600pro card in, and turned down my Ys-tech CPU fan to 1600rpm I can’t hear it at all at that rpm. And Voila! Almost silent, I could only hear a low hum from the case fans.