The third product to be discussed in this review is produced by the famous Lian-Li. This Chinese company has earned a good reputation turning out nonstandard, functionally rich and expensive computer enclosures. And we are going to take a look at Lian-Li’s flagship product called PC-X2000.
While the previous two products were large, this one is tall. It is 15 or 20 centimeters shorter than its opponents but stands a whole 7 centimeters above the huge Corsair Obsidian. Looking at this skyscraper of black polished aluminum, you can indeed catch yourself thinking if your desk is tall enough for the PC-X2000 to fit under. The design of the case makes it look even slimmer: the front panel is smooth, its black surface being only disturbed by a white vertical line and a logo at its very bottom.
Power and Reset buttons can be found in the front part of the top panel. They are close to each other but differ in size. If you place this system case on your desk, you will find it difficult to press these buttons without standing up. A flip-back cover nearby conceals four USB ports, two audio connectors, one FireWire and one eSATA port. Unfortunately, the USB ports are set in two pairs and you can’t plug two thick devices into the ports of one pair simultaneously.
The front panel is in fact a huge cover behind which you can see three 140mm fans with a removable dust filter. These fans get their air from the vent openings in the front part of the side panels which are covered with more dust filters.
Behind the same filter there is an inconspicuous three-way switch that controls the speed of the system fans (it is the small thing in the center between the fan and the grid above). The maximum, medium and minimum speeds are 1200, 1000 and 800rpm, respectively.
As for external bays, Lian-Li has implemented its exclusive solution here: these bays go out to both side panels rather than to the front panel as usual. Alas, there are not very many of them: only two 5.25-inch bays and one 3.5-inch bay.
The back panel has a nonstandard layout, too. There are two 80mm fans at the bottom. Above them you can see expansion slots and I/O connectors. Then, there are also four openings for the pipes of a liquid cooling system and one more 140mm fan. Higher still is the power supply, and above it there is a rather large vent grid.
The fasteners of side panels are located at the sides of the top vent grid. We’ve seen the same mechanism in other products, for example in the A+ Black Pearl. Each side panel is fixed with a large moving bar that lies along its top edge.
The system case stands on four cylinders with vibration-absorbing pads. Frankly speaking, we would feel safer if such a tall case as this one had more reliable unfolding feet like those of Chieftec’s server cases.
Like in the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000, the interior of the side panels has a soft sound-absorbing lining but with a smooth rather than wavy surface.
The PC-X2000 is divided into three parts inside: the top compartment is for external bays and a power supply. The central section is for a mainboard and components. And the bottom compartment is for HDDs.
Although this system case is large and all aluminum, it is also very rigid because the aluminum panels are thick. Most of the chassis and the exterior panels are 2.4 millimeters thick and only some of the interior elements are 1.2 millimeters thick, which is actually quite decent, too.
In the bottom compartment, separated from the central one with a blank partition that has small holes near the front fans and along the mainboard (obviously, for cables), there are two racks, each for three HDDs. Like in the Corsair Obsidian, these are full-features racks with the hot swap feature.
To install your HDDs, you should attach small frames to them. These frames are more like handles rather than guides. Then you insert your HDD into the rack, the specially shaped screws sliding in the grooves and fastening the HDDs in the rack. The HDD is fixed in place by means of a small plastic lock on the guide. It is all very simple and handy.