For quite some time now, aluminium cases seem to be slowly replacing the standard steel cases we all know and love (well, some people do ...seriously). Lian-Li has been the front-runner in the crusade to make aluminium cases mainstream, they’re doing a pretty good job at it so far. With the high-quality workmanship and features that they put into their cases, it’s no wonder people are adopting them so quickly.
At first glance, the case is aesthetically appealing. The brushed aluminium look is great, and pictures do no justice if you haven’t seen one of these in the flesh before. The included window on the side is ideal for modders, as it saves you the trouble of using a Dremel to put in your own window (unless you really like that), and as a nice touch, Lian-Li added some blue LED light strips to the front, which give it a rather futuristic look.
12 Drive Bays (4x5.25”, 3x3.5”, 5x3.5” hidden for HDD)
Hard anodised aluminium material
4 80mm fans for cooling (2 front, 1 rear, and 1 blowhole)
Dimensions: 210x450x490mm (W,H,D)
2 Front-mounted USB 2.0 ports
3-speed fan control mounted in front (controls the two 80mm front fans)
Washable air filter in front
Removable motherboard tray
Another feature that a modder will usually add is the top blowhole, complete with 80mm fan. The fan grill isn't designed for the best airflow, but looks rather subtle - a good or bad thing depending on your performance/aesthetics balance.