Benchmarking

When benchmarking the PC-V1000, we tested the temperatures of key components, including the actual CPU temperature, the actual temperature inside the heatsink, the temperatures of the DDR, Northbridge, Southbridge, HDD, PSU, and the ambient temperature inside the case, all during normal operation. During our testing, the PSU and CPU heatsink fans remain on to measure temperatures during normal system operations.

Gigabyte GA-7VRX
AMD Athlon MP 2100+
2 x 128 DDR Corsair XMS 2400
ThermalTake Volcano 7
Seagate Cheetah 10000RPM
Inno3D GeForce4 Ti 4200
TTGI 4 Fan 520W


Thermometer Positions


The thermal readings for the key components and points on the motherboard during operation were as follows:

Lian Li PC-V1000
 System On-Time  CPU  Heatsink  HDD  DDR  Northbridge  Southbridge  Power Supply  System Ambient
10 50.1 31.2 24.3 33.2 35.6 34.5 25.1 25.4
30 51.3 33.1 25.1 35.1 36.8 35.9 27.5 26.6

Opus Technologies, Inc. MT-200
 System On-Time  CPU  Heatsink  HDD  DDR  Northbridge  Southbridge  Power Supply  System Ambient
10 52.5 37.5 28.8 34.3 39.1 39.3 29.3 29.7
30 53.7 39.0 29.5 36.8 40.2 39.9 31.2 30.4

NZXT Guardian
 System On-Time  CPU  Heatsink  HDD  DDR  Northbridge  Southbridge  Power Supply  System Ambient
10 53.4 36.7 30.5 37.1 40.2 39.9 29.8 31.9
30 55.3 37.5 33.2 38.5 41.8 41.2 31.9 35.1

We were surprised to see the PC-V1000 do so well in our heat tests. We were expecting the temperatures to be a bit warmer than the PC-6070, mainly due to the partitioned design; the top 2/3 partition could not receive any active air intake, since the intake was placed in the bottom 1/3 partition with the 3-1/2" HDD bays. We believe that the machined-out holes at the front and back of the chassis helped circulate air better than if the case were completely sealed.

The temperatures of all of the components measured were, on average, about 3-4 degrees lower than Opus Technologies MT-200 and about 4-5 degrees lower than the NZXT Guardian.

We predicted the PC-V1000 to emit more noise than any other chassis with two 120mm case fans. We were again surprised to find out the results. We measured the noise level of the MT-200 12" away from the closed chassis with the power supply fan turned off. Take a look at our results.

 Case  dBA
Lian Li PC-V1000 46
Opus Technologies MT-200 56
NZXT Guardian 49
Ahanix Black Knight X195 50
Lian Li PC-6070 44

The PC-V1000 was almost as quiet as the PC-6070, which had the sound dampening foam on the inside. The pair of 120mm case fans helped to reduce noise levels, especially with the machined holes all throughout the front bezel.

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  • jdepew - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    Kinda funny that at a site like AnandTech, there was absolutely no reference mde to the G5 (extensvely commented on) or that fact that this isn't some new design for a case but an attempt at an amalgomation between ATX components and the new BTX form factor design.

    Come on guys --- cover how much it is like a BTX case and what we can expect with the new format!
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  • katka - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    $200 is NOT a value, I guess I will wait for the knock offs. :( Reply
  • jiulemoigt - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    I t amazes me no one seems to notice you have this nice ventlation then you put a soild block of alumium across where the air should be fowing, evenly through out the case. That is horrible constrution I don't care if it sturdier, as more weight and heat sitting on the most expensive componets is a bad idea in the long run. Reply
  • jiulemoigt - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

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  • LtPage1 - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    well, it was only a matter of time that someone copied the G5.
    too bad they made an INCREDIBLY UGLY copy of it. they kept the least attractive part (the cheese-graterishness) and left out everything that makes the g5 great. hmm. sounds a bit like Mac OS and Windows.
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  • madgonad - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    I'm amazed at the thermal properties. I guess 10 pounds of aluminum and a porous skin is a good thing. Maybe someone can take a IR pic of one running to see how much heat radiates versus blown out the back.
    More important is the lack of reset button, and massive traffic jam of cables going through that eliptical plastic hole. If parallel cables are in your future, this case is not for you.
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  • Murst - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    This design has to be the worst I've ever seen from Lian Li. Forget the looks (I never really cared about that), but all the holes? That's insane. I have a filter on my fans for a reason. Although I don't smoke in the room that my computer is in (wish I could, but that's not an option), there's a ton of crap in the air still and taking a look at the filter every day proves that. Now, short of having a completely filtered ROOM (don't even bother opening a window), your entire motherboard + perhiprals will get not only dust, but anything under 2mm on them (that happens to be in the air). This just seems absurd.

    Sure, even with a filter your stuff will eventually get dirty, but nothing like this.
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  • Falloutboy525 - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    dang I was hopping the "value" lable on lian li website meant it would cost around 80-150 oh well..... wounder how much the V2000 is going to be thats the on I want Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    This case has very little to do with the G5 design. It really doesnt even look like one, particularly on the inside.

    Kristopher
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  • mkruer - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    Four things,

    First, I still like the design of the PC-60 through P-65 & the PC-70 thorough PC-75 the best.
    Second, Why do they neve place all the USB and audio ports on the top or the sides? I don’t know about you but I don’t know about everyone else but I like to keep my desktop klean, and that relegates the floor for the system. Placing the connection on the side or top seems more logical then at the bottom of the case.
    Third, I am glad that the PSU is now at the bottom of the case, I have been waiting a long time for that to happen.
    Forth, to improve Air flow why don’t they cut out back where the fan is? This would reduce the noise the most. It’s the fan against the cheese grater back that it producing all most of the turbulence in the air, hence the noise. There is also lese resistance. For the air flow.
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