Specifications

Lian-Li PC-V2110 Specifications
Case Size "Super Full Tower"
Dimensions 210x620X620 (W, H, D)
Front Bezel Material Aluminium
Color Available in Black or Silver
Side Panels Anodized (Brush Effect), Windowed Panel available upon request
Weight 14KG
Body Material Aluminium
5.25" External Drive Bays 7 external 5.25" bays
3.5" Ineternal Bays 8 Internal 3.5" bays
Expansion Slots 8 Rear Exapnsion Slots
Motherboard Compatbility E-ATX,ATX, M-ATX
Front Case Fan 14cm Ball Bearing, Selectable speeds = 800, 980 and 1180 RPM
Rear Case Fan 12cm Ball Bearing, Selectable speeds = 1020, 1240 and 1500 RPM
Top I/O Panel USB2.0 x 4, IEEE1394x1, E-SATA x 1, AC97+HD Audio
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Case Layout


The chassis and panels are aluminum alloy, helping to keep weight to a minimum, and at a price point of ~$385 we'd expect no less. Aimed at those of us who prefer a minimalist look with straight lines, the PC-V2110 does not disappoint. The panel finish is brushed aluminum anodized in a choice of black or silver. A side effect of having the black finish is that finger prints show up like beacons from afar and will probably keep most of us reaching for a polishing cloth frequently, as we did through the course of testing the case. Unlike its PC-V2010 brethren, which offer a full-frontal look of the drive bays, the PC-V2110 keeps things hidden by means of a sturdy ridged front door. The door includes a lock and two keys for the security conscious.



The door latches by means of ball bearings that slot securely into grooves in the top and bottom door brackets. Two rubber insulation strips on the door help to keep vibration and rattling to a minimum when fan speeds are ramped up. Users may also reverse the door mounting so that it opens from left to right if they wish, as the brackets are easily removed and reversed by means of six Phillips head screws. All front 5.25" bay panels are vented to allow for air intake, and they have small removable and washable nylon grills installed to prevent dust buildup within the case. The lowest square shaped grill in the picture is the inlet for the front 14cm fan.


Both front and rear fans connect to a fan controller PCB located above the rear exhaust fan. An additional header is available for the supplied memory/chipset cooling fan and bracket. The front fan is easily removable for dust filter cleaning by means of two thumbscrews, though you will have to remove both side panels first. Removing the panels is quite easy as each panel features a single screw retention mechanism. However, we did find the lower door bracket on both panels has a very tight grip on the lip of the case; a smearing of Vaseline should help with removal if you plan to swap components frequently.



A significant portion of case weight comes from the side panels, which are thick aluminum with a brushed anodized finish. Sound deadening material has been applied to both panels and the top panel of the case, which should help reduce overall system noise. There are no elaborate or garish patterns on the side panels; instead, a decorative serrated edge on the panels complements the clean look of the case.


Silver castors add some mobility to the case and a touch of aesthetic class to the overall look. The castors do not swivel; rather a fixed position is used meaning movement is limited to forwards and backwards rolling (though you can slide the case to turn it a bit if necessary). The rear castors feature a brake mechanism so that the case does not roll freely once it's in the desired location.

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  • semisonic9 - Monday, June 30, 2008 - link

    So this thing has two intakes and one exhaust, or only one intake?

    Also, is it just me, or do Lian Li cases never appear to watercool that well?

    ~S
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  • bobtheterrible - Friday, June 20, 2008 - link

    So after reading this I had to order one from newegg. I have 2 other older Lian-Li's at home already, and I love them.

    This new case is HUGE!
    I couldn't believe how tall this thing was. If you're thinking of putting it under a desk, be sure to check your desks height first. Also the USB ports are located on the front top which is great if you have access to these, but kind of crappy if you're going to shove it all the way under a desk where it barely fits.
    Quality of everything with this case is better than my other two Lian-Li's. I believe I have a PC-80 with a plexi window, and another larger one with a server board in it, but I don't remember the model # off hand.
    This thing comes with tons of quality accessories.
    It has plenty of space for HDD's, and I was able to easily fit 5-Raptor 300GB's in this case and still the thing runs silent and awesome.
    Airflow is amazing.
    Some of the fans on this thing are massive.

    Anyways I'm happy with the purchase.
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  • Thorsson - Friday, June 13, 2008 - link

    I'd like to know the effect of taking the front door off, both in temp and noise. Can't see the point of those grilles if they're covered up, and the 140mm fan will just be circulating heated air. The effect of the Panaflo pretty much shows that circulation in the case isn't as good as it might be.

    Quality build, but paying this amount of money I expect top thermal and aural performance as well.
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  • Googer - Thursday, June 12, 2008 - link

    Rajinder,
    I have an oversized PSU and have no intentions of getting rid of it, does the Lian Li PC-V2110 accommodate a PC Power and Cooling 1KW-SR?

    Googer
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  • Rajinder Gill - Thursday, June 12, 2008 - link

    Hi Googer,

    The HD cage is around 24 CM from the start of the PSU bay and the PC&P supplies are around 23 CM long. However, you can use the back section of the PSU mounting plate, as the cables from the PSU will then clear the HD cage as there is a recess at the back of them. Or you can remove the HD cage altogether. Either way, it will work.

    regards
    Raja
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  • abnderby - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - link

    Lian li makes a nice case no doubt BUT full towers dont make easy placement of the box. In all of the different cases I have had and there are many. The best case has been my SC5300 5U server case by intel.

    The only drawback of my case is the fans which are like jet engines. And one of these days I will find some quieter fans for it with the same airflow.

    What would be nice to see in these tests is a full case. e.g. all slots and drive bays full with eatx dual socket motherboard etc...

    Then run your tests and see what the temps are.

    Also why all of the useless 5 1/4 slots??? who uses all of those today? I have never been able to use more than 3 2 dvd's and floppy.

    currently i run a intel se7505vb2 with 2 3.2 1mb 533 fsb xeons and 4 gb ddr, I know anand has this (hot board) with a scsi 160 raid to 4 scsi 73's hot swap and a sata raid to 6 sata 320's hot swap. with HD2600xt 512 audigy 2 win tv pvr150,

    according to my "sensor readings my ambient motherboard temps are between 26 and 29 degrees celcius, cpu's are still warm i am getting new coolers finally which should help out.

    but all in all the 5300 and 5400 if you can find better fans are much better than any case out there.

    How about it Anand give it a try???

    Duane
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  • araczynski - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - link

    nice, but even if i was rich, i think i'd rather buy a third or fourth backup graphics card to sit and collect dust rather than put it into sheet of aluminum. but hey, to each their own. Reply
  • BPB - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - link

    As a guy who's cut up his hands more than he'd like to admit working with Antec cases and the like (and I do like the Nine Hundred, I just wish it were better), I decided to go with the cheaper version of this case, the PC-V2010B. It cost $320, but I know I'll use it for years and years, and it's a joy to work with. I will probably onlu use Lian-Li or possibly Silverstone going forward. The Silverstone TJ07 does look nice, and it reminds me of my new Lian-Li. Reply
  • aeternitas - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - link

    The innards look alright. Not a bad design.


    The outside, is horrible (for $400).

    You cant just use brushed metal and make-believe its going to cover up the gaping flaws in a classy well rounded design. It looks like it should be home inside of a dark corner in a server farm room. Not my desktop.

    It just looks ugly. Not as ugly as those plastic hot pink neon cases, but for 400$ it might as well be.

    - Where is the etched metal logo/everything? I see a cheapass stick-on.
    - Why do I see bare screws on the outside of the case? I can get the industrial look for half the price.
    - Why the cheap metal door on top? Thats only asking to be in the way and get bent.
    - Why does the door swing the wrong way? (think about how you typicaly set your PC for the innards to face you for easy access - Door swings in the way, not out of the way)
    - Ect ect

    Thanks for the review, but Lan-Li has always been the wannabe top class in case design and has always tried to do it with a bunch of etched metal and poor outward design around it. Its like old Honda designers trying to copy something from BMW.

    I think i'll look twords Silverstone.
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  • splines - Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - link

    I can't disagree that Silverstone make great cases - they do, and just like Lian-Li you're paying the difference over commodity cheapo cases that look like ass and cut your hands up.

    But I do think it's important to note that Lian-Li was doing this long before a lot of these other companies decided to make a premium enclosure and frankly if I ever need to replace my PC-65 it will be with another Lian-Li case.

    They do solid, classy and well-designed cases that are worth the money if you want something that will last you years. And you can ask anyone who's ever owned one that they are not in the slightest like a cheap-knock off.

    I get the feeling you either don't own or never have owned anything like a Lian-Li and your arguments are based off what you see in these pictures. I'd suggest you go look at one, or better yet get a chance to actually work with one before you make too many rash assumptions.
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