Lian Li PC-V2120 Case Review

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Lian Li PC-V2120 Case rated 100% KICKASS by 3dGameMan.com

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Sponsored by: Lian Li Industrial Co., Ltd.
Review category: Cases
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The Lian Li PC-V2120 Case puts most other cases to shame. It's all aluminum, has a removable motherboard tray, lots of drive bays, plenty of fans and more can be added, tool-less design, acrostic dampening material, four USB 3.0 ports and more. This is a case for the hardcore enthusiast who demands the very best. It's one of the best cases I've reviewed in a while!


 

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bejohnson
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Hey Rodney,

Long time no post. This review was very helpful. I'm in the process of planning a LGA2011 socket computer build and this review has made my case choice decision easy. With the 2011 socket I'm going to use liquid cooling and this case has more than enough room to build a three fan heat exchanger and a pump/reservoir module into the top of the case.

Thanks for the great review.

Anonymous

Can you please make a Review about the Lian li v1020 b =?

A Question :

Im a Gamer,what´s better for me ,a Lian li v2120 or lian li armoursuit p80n ,my actually case is a Collermaster haf x and im looking for a Aluminium Case like Lian Li or Silverstone ,because i dont like the plastic on my haf x !!!

Anonymous

How do you clean the dustfilters for the frontfans? Is it like on the PC-A71F where you have to remove a million screws first?

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No you just need to remove the big HDD cage (two thumbscrews) and then you can pull the front fans to the side and then back. This will give you access to the dust filters.

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why would you need that huge bar if the screws you use for the PCI express slot secures them anyways?

Other than that, truly a beautiful beast INSIDE. I don't care too much for the plain outer appearance though it is rather intimidating. lol

just another computer lover

Anonymous

The massive video cards we have seen of late tend to sag and severely stress the PCI-E slots present on motherboards. More than one major manufacturer has seen returns due to broken slots. Even more meagerly sized cards sag a bit. Those brackets are wonderful for preventing such issues.

Anonymous

I wonder did you get a special mod one, as every site that i see where you buy this case the motherboard tray does not have the pre cut holes in it for cable routing, yet the one that you have clearly does have them, even on the Lian Li website the pics do not show the holes.....

I wonder did the make a modification to the case to introduce these and just no updated pics....

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I wished you demonstrated how the motherboard tray goes in and out of the case. Wouldn't the cables get stuck in the management holes and prevent you from removing it? Otherwise a great review.

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I'm not really anonymous, I'm just not registered on this site and do not intend to register as probably will never again comment about anything here as I'm not a Forum, Facebook, Twitter, MSN, Yahoo, whatever, type of guy... I do have a handle though and it's "ReggaeMixer" and I'm an Audio Engineer...

I bought this case mainly because I think it is very stylish, and sober, practical, BIG (enough room to install and move around in), and enough room to expand/upgrade... This case is going to be a Studio Daw in the control room so I'm thankful for the work Lian Li started, and that, is the sound proofing on both sides... I have since then added AcoustiPack's Multilayered acoustical material on what was not covered on the sides and in the back where the removable motherboard tray and PSU bracket were "metal on metal" (you could hear them "clattering")and all (6) HDD's are isolated from vibration using Lian Li's small rubber grommits... Plus a little more in the top, and front.

Very nice positive air flow in the case, even more so since the sides, top, and front and back have been "doctored". The case itself is now 10-15dBA quieter and installing a Thermalright Silver Arrow on the Quad Core Xeon X3470, situated on the Asus P7P55-WS-Supercomputer MB has not hurt the Silent line I've taken with this build...

I've installed a Thermalright TY-140 Fan (same model as on the Silver Arrow) instead of Lian Li's 120cm fan at the back exaust fan mount (little modding and it fits just fine), and 1 more at the top sucking air out just about where the voltage controllers heatsinks are positioned fo a little extra cooling for them.

All the TY-140 fans (4) are PWM controlled. The other intake fans and the one behind the HDD cage are on on a seperate controller if extra flow is needed other than the PWM signal from the CPU. This makes the case exceptionally quiet around 20dBA normal load and around 25-30dBA when under load... When I'm recording or mixing I promise, you can't hear the computer at all...

It's a wonderful case and any "serious" audio freak out there should get one... (it's does need the extra acoustical treatment though)...

Good one Lian Li...

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Thanks for your comment, it will help others.

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Anonymous

01:45 - White socks FTW!!!

3dGameMan
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For sure, but I have grey and black socks as well ;)

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It has everything you need from a high-end/silent system case but c'mon I was sure about some hot swappable drives but....where? For this cost you must have everything

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Such a sweet case, I could never justify spending half a grand on a enclosure, but I'm sure for those who can afford it... they aren't disappointed!

3dGameMan
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UPDATE:
Since there's a minute or so of blackness at the end of the original video review (video editing mistake), I'll be uploading it again.

Anonymous

How does this case compare to ATCS840? I think they are both pretty large, but somehow i like the features of CM more.

3dGameMan
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This case tops it, but the ATCS840 has better bang for the buck.

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i'd still go with a cooler master, great price tag for the performance

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Anonymous

This case is cool, but for my next build I believe I will be using the Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000F. I would like to see a review of that case. Although it does not have a removable motherboard tray, the styling is better, and I can customize it better.

Pedro Arvelos
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Its an overpriced black alluminium brick...

It feels too plain and boring to look at...

Lvaneede
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It has some very good features, but it looks too plain for me.

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I'd love to use this for my server, which will then give me the abaility to store 8 of 2TB hard drives and 2 of high-performance 128GB SSD drives with RAID0. Couple that with AMD Athlon II X4 615e, 16GB of DDR3 RAM (I have 8GB of RAM), 2 HDHomeRuns for MythTV, Noctua NH-D14 to keep my CPU cool even if I undervolt the CPU, and maybe... 8 of Scythe Gentle Typhoon D1225C12B5AP-15 from Amazon? :) Heh... I know that's overkill, but it'd be nice to expand my server as needs arise. I thought I might build my own kickass low power server system. I can dream, can I? :)

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MrGreen
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"Hey that looks like a really nice case! I think I'll consider that instead of the Corsair 600t White Edition."
-Looks up price-
"Why is it $500?"

Anonymous

Wow lian li actually sent you one of these?

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Buying a Lian-Li is like buying a BMW, the initial investment is steep but it will last you a very long time.

I've been using the same mid-tower Lian-Li PC-60xx series case for around 7 years and I am nowhere near ready to trade it up!

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Anonymous

As long as you dont loose the Mobo stand off pins, or fan screws ;)

Anonymous

I have that case. I abandoned it long ago when I upgraded from the days of Athlon XPs. You'll find Antec cases have far better features, are quieter and much better value.

Anonymous

8 years ago you used to call it "lie and lie" this time you call it the "lee and lee"

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Finally I always wanted to see a review of this case since it had a removable mobo tray.

Nuk3d
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I like the features on it, seems pretty good. I think my whole current tower could literally fit inside that case, omg

Anonymous

It remindes me the black monolite from Space Odissey...

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If you are using this case with a micro-atx board inside, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.

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Hey Rodney, I don't think you put the mic close enough to hear the stock cooling. ;)

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I'll bet Lian Li sent this just because it has a removable motherboard tray lol

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I thought you already did a review of this case Rodney...?

Oh Wait... next edition

If it's worth doing , it's worth over-doing it :)

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wow i was right about 400 $ amarican on newegg if i had the cash i would get this

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wow that is truley a a beautiful case hate to guess the price on it