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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  • GokieKS - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    I second the notion that I'd rather get a real G5 chassis and build a PC out of it than get this. And there are just too many not-well-thought-out touches (lack of Reset button, inproper mounting of IDE drives, PSU area not large enough, etc) for it to be a great case.

    If I've got that much money to spend on a case, I'd still go with a Silverstone SST-TJ03 Nimiz for the time being.
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  • Gromis - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    #6: That very same method of drive mounting has been used in HP servers for a good deal longer than G5 has been around... doesn't change the fact that 95%+ of cases out there cost <$30, and this monstrosity will sell *maybe* a few hundred units. It's no TNN-500, but for $270, one can get a whole *computer*. Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    #8: We actually did benchmark the V1000 with a standard sized power supply, the TTGI 520Watt, in the pictures we wanted to show an over sized power supply like the TTGI TT-550SS, or any other for that matter, would not properly fit into the mounting.

    In general: While the V1000 does look similar to the G5's case by look, when you open the case up and look at all of its functionality and features, you'll notice 2 completely different designs.
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  • nitromullet - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    Can we see a picture of the entire install? I'd like to see how the completed rig looks like with the side open. There are only closeups of certain places, a shot of the whole thing would help put stuff into perspective. Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    I'd argue that testing with that silly oversized power supply completely invalicates any cooling testing. Who is going to use one of these when they buy one of these cases, rather than a standard size that looks right and makes a proper seal against the back of the case? And why in the world doesn't Anandtech have a standard sized Antec, Enermax, or other power supply in their lab that would do this job?

    Mickey Mouse work, IMHO.
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  • buleyb - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    What's the deal with the need for removable motherboard trays in ATX cases.

    Every case I've had that had a removable tray rattles now, its just another thing to vibrate and make noise.

    Oh, and this is a pure G5 copy...no argument there
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  • makron - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    Yeah, and the "screwless drive mounting, with special screws, is ripped straight out of the G5...

    I'd much rather get a surplus G5 case and put a pc in it....
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  • Chuckles - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    It really tries to look like the G5 cases. I wonder how long it will take for a C&D letter to show up at headquarters.
    Based on it's lower temperatures, I would say that it validates both its and the G5's design.
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  • 00aStrOgUy00 - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    Yep, first thing when I saw this case, it reminded me of the "cheese grater" G5 case... Reply
  • WileCoyote - Thursday, April 29, 2004 - link

    I am a big fan of Lian-Li cases - I've loved them from the start and still use my pc60. I think the internal case design is great - I fix a lot of computers and the hard drive bays are easy to swap drives in and out of. The only other good quality case with this feature is the Antec Sonota. I gotta admit... the case looks pretty ugly for Lian-Li. If it looked better, I would swap it with my Antec. Reply

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