Final Thought

We were excited to check out everything that the PC-V1000 had to offer. Its rugged good looks were backed up by its newly redesigned ATX layout and even better performance in our heat and sound tests compared to our previous case reviews.

The PC-V1000 performed about 4 degrees cooler compared to the Guardian and the MT-200, which surprised us because of the way the internal layout was designed. The PC-V1000 was also surprisingly quiet, even though the case's exterior shell was covered with holes; the 120mm fans were quiet enough to keep the noise levels down.

Redesigning the internal layout was a start for Lian Li. Some areas still need improvement, but overall, the PC-V1000 did well in our battery of tests. It performed better than most of the cases that we have reviewed in the past, and hopefully, will be used as a basis for future cases.

The PC-V1000 is priced at $219, which is a bit steep for some, but is well worth it. It comes in either silver, which we reviewed, and black. If price is not an issue in your decision, the PC-V1000 is an excellent choice. Lian Li is planning on releasing this new model in the second half of May.


Special thanks to Hampton Technologies for providing us with the Lian Li PC-V1000 for this review.
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  • beachbum86 - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - link

    this case both looks and performes GREAT. the only problem that i havnt seen anyone point out is...dust.. with all those holes your bound to get dust build up... but this case is great. everyone posting obvioulsy just slappes in components to a case and calls it good.

    if you dont like the look...change it. add a front blowhole. put some lighting behind those holes to make some glow effect. alot of you guys that are complaining about looks, are what i like to call "lazy builders". so who cares if it looks like a G5. what about all the other cases that look like ...well, all the other cases. lian li helped break the mold of the normal case look that you guys are so intent on sticking with..your bunch of fallowers is it...learn to be a leader.

    the case performes great (better than the rest) and it looks exactly how lian-li wanted.
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  • racolvin - Monday, July 26, 2004 - link

    Personally I'm ok with G5-copy look to it (aluminum, lots of hole .. you can't tell me this isn't "inspired by a G5). I'm even ok with the price for it.

    However ...

    I will not now nor will I ever buy a tower case with the USB/Audio/Firewire ports on BOTTOM of the friggin case! As much as I would love to buy a new tower case and build a new system, this floor placement of the ports it totally unacceptable. Heck, the cable for my headphones would never reach from the floor to my head! Much less the task of plugging/unplugging my digital camera or iPod. No, I'll keep my $200 thank you very much
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  • melgross - Sunday, May 9, 2004 - link

    This case seems to be ok. The one thing it tends to prove is that off the cuff ideas of what is correct is often proven wrong by real engineering. Just looking at a case and thinking,"I don't know, it doesn't look like the cooling should work", is meaningless.

    By the way, having holes all over the front is not a new idea. Dell's servers have a fully perforated front just like Apple's do.

    Most other servers I have seen over the years either have a mesh front, or a completely open front with the hard drive cases constituting the front panel and such. The idea isn't to create a tornado, but a constant flow over all areas with several fans in the rear. I've never seen these servers using filters, as that just cuts the air flow. Usually these are in conditioned, and filtered rooms to begin with, and aren't on a dirty floor. Vacuum once a week!
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  • MajorKong - Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - link

    How do you manage to review a case, complete with a dozen or more pictures of the empty case, but then provide NO pictures of the case with installed motherboard and other components?
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  • MWWInc - Saturday, May 1, 2004 - link

    #9 - I would like to see pics of the assembled system as well. I bought one of those floppy bezels on my PC69 and happen to think they don't look good when there's an actual drive installed there.

    #13 - I agree that they could be more creative with the placement of the USB/audio ports, especially with the new "upside-down" layout where the extra USB headers on the board will probably be closer to the top of the case anyway.

    And speaking of the layout, it seems like if you install hard drives in that bottom cage, your ATA cables are going to go on forever. (Pic: http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Lian_...

    It definitely borrows from the G5 look, but I have no problem with that, and seems to perform pretty well. But no removable motherboard tray, no reset button, no 2nd 5.25" bezel, and the cabling nuances mentioned above keep it from being the perfect case. And I would only consider spending $200 on a perfect case. ;-)
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  • Brucmack - Saturday, May 1, 2004 - link

    Something tells me the case would look better in black. Then the holes wouldn't be quite so loud, if you know what I mean.

    At least they put a filter over the intake fan, since that's where most of the air would come into the case, I would think.
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  • Eug - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    This is definitely a knockoff of the G5 externals, except that it doesn't look anywhere near as good.

    I like the G5 case, and I like Lian-Li's other cases, but this one is just Meh.
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  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    jdepew:

    It is pretty simple; the case isnt a G5 knock off (thats why it wasnt mentioned). Please check this out:

    http://www.apple.com/powermac/design.html

    Besides the little ventilation holes, there isnt a single resemblence between the two cases.

    Kristopher
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  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    One more thing. Thanks Purav, for clearing up that power supply question. Much appreciated. Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, April 30, 2004 - link

    I think it'd be a decent case, but it falls short on several things. Number one is price. That's ridiculous, and I'm not willing to pay it.

    The second issue I have is the cooling design. Separation of the hard disks from the rest of the system is a good idea in my mind provided it actually separates their heat from the CPU compartment, but both areas have to have ventilation systems dedicated to cooling them separately. I don't see that this case is really well designed for that. I was surprised by the cooling results being as good as they were, while the holes probably allow for good circulation, I was sure they would hamper adequate suction for the fans.

    Finally, most serious enthusiass now have both a CD/DVD-reader, and a separate writer. A second CD-door faceplate ought to come with this, especially at that price..
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