Our trip to Lian Li at Computex this year sported several models of their new range of desk-based chassis, but on the side lines next to those we caught a glimpse of several cases that were almost ready to go to mass market.  One of them was the PC-V2130, which Lian Li is formally announcing the release of today.

At a volume of 94.8 liters, the full tower size will support motherboards up to HPTX, E-ATX and XL-ATX as well as ATX/mATX/mITX.  The chassis has wheels in each of the corners for mobility, and each wheel is lockable.  Total dimensions measure 237mm x 640mm x 625mm within the 9.8 kg aluminium chassis.

Up to eleven 3.5”/2.5” drives are supported, along with another four 2.5” drives on a removable bracket.  The 5.25” cage is also modular, supporting either three 5.25” devices or three of the 2.5”/3.5” drives. The rear of the motherboard also has room for another three 2.5"/3.5" drives, making eighteen possible in total. The top panel provides support for 240/280mm radiators, with space for two more 280mm radiators and the front and bottom of the chassis.  The front IO panel is on the top of the chassis and uses a stealth cover when not in use.

The chassis is designed to be as tool less as possible, and the ten PCI/PCIe expansion slots are suitable for almost any GPU arrangement. The inside of the side panel and the front door is lined with Lian Li’s sound absorbing foam, with the fan vents have removable filters.  The front of the case is protected by a lockable vanity panel and behind the motherboard is 31mm (1.2-inches) of cable management space.  Up to 360 mm of VGA card is supported, as well as 200 mm power supplies and 180 mm CPU coolers.

Lian Li will offer three models, the PC-V2130A in silver, the PC-V2130B in black and the PC-V2130X with the inside coated black with a side panel window.  MSRP for the regular models will be $499, with the windowed side panel version at $569. The cases should be available via Newegg by the end of August.

Source: Lian Li

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  • mattsaccount - Saturday, August 02, 2014 - link

    I've had the V-2120x for several years and am quite happy with it. This one looks like an updated version -- nothing revolutionary, but a "refresh." Reply
  • Daniel Egger - Saturday, August 02, 2014 - link

    This case is about as tall as the big towers way back then (and I'm actually about to dispose one of those soon...) however it is very pricey, not sure many people are going to fork $500 for that especially since there're some far cheaper alternatives even from Lian Li themselves available and even many alternatives if you don't exactly need space for 11 drives and 10 PCIe cards... Reply
  • Bob Todd - Sunday, August 03, 2014 - link

    Yeah, they seem to be stretching a bit with the price for this one. It's considerably more than they asked for the monstrous PC-D8000 which made for a really nice home server case with lots of room for cooling all the drives. Reply
  • MartinT - Saturday, August 02, 2014 - link

    This has a strange 80s wibe to it, probably due to the stark black/bare metal contrast. Reply
  • DanNeely - Sunday, August 03, 2014 - link

    I'm not really sure what market Lian Li is going after with this design. Giant cases are popular with the high end watercooling crowd; but this case doesn't look suitable for i without heavy modding. There doesn't appear to be enough room above the mobo to install anything on the top; and it doesn't look like there's enough clearance to install double rads on the front and the bottom at the same time. Reply
  • Galatian - Sunday, August 03, 2014 - link

    I don't get the entire Lian Li hype. Ok some like their design, I don't. But functionally they are lackluster especially for the price. I have an Phantek Enthoo Primo with a full custom waterloop inside. It was cheaper then the Lian Li and is built with water support in mind. I have two 480mm Radiators inside (One Monsta and one 30mm) with enough room for another 240mm if I need it. What exactly is so exciting about Lian Li cases? Reply
  • hudsonCAD - Saturday, September 13, 2014 - link

    Personally, it's that they're not embarrassing in an office. I build and look after a dozen or so computers at work. My criteria is: Not crappy to work with, looks appropriate in a work environment, and fits what I want to fit (or think I might have to). If it's not Lian Li, it's some mini itx fanless box like hdplex that I use. Way, way too many cases are aimed at 12 year olds IMO. I'm thinking of buying this for a second server build. Reply

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