Lian Li PC-D8000 Review: Double-Sized, HPTX Tower

Lian Li has taken us by surprise offering what is possibly the largest desktop chassis available today -- no easy task with titans like the Cubitek HPTX-ICE and Lian Li's own PC-V2120 on the market.

Known as the D8000, Lian Li's latest enclosure is also built on the HPTX form factor. As a point of reference, a standard ATX mid-tower supporting seven expansion slots generally has a 60L capacity while the Cubitek HPTX-ICE and Lian Li PC-V2120 tout capacities of 79L and 88L.

With a capacity of 145L, the D8000 shatters that paradigm, offering 140% more room than a standard ATX case, which makes sense since the D8000 is essentially two full tower cases fused together.

Read: Lian Li D8000 Review: Double-Sized, Full HPTX Tower

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That thing is huge! I phased out all of my large cases about 4 years ago. I thought Micro ATX and Mini ITX was the new "hotness". I can already see someone buying this case and sticking a Mini ITX board in there. LOL!

I hear you. I've been using 4 media sonic 4 bay enclosures. Which I think I still prefer to this for home, but for business this is a way to go if price isn't stupid.

"essentially two full tower cases fused together."

No it isn't. It's a large case, but there is no fusion of two cases at all.

I saw this a month ago... would definitely buy it as a HTPC server. I'm in the process of replacing a lot of my DVDs to Blue Ray, and I rip ISOs.. already maxed out my 13TB in the HTPC and there's still a lot to go. This would be awesome!

ZipZapRap said,
I saw this a month ago... would definitely buy it as a HTPC server. I'm in the process of replacing a lot of my DVDs to Blue Ray, and I rip ISOs.. already maxed out my 13TB in the HTPC and there's still a lot to go. This would be awesome!

Wow, what sort of power supply do you have? Mine only seem to have 6 or so power slots for drives

Also, what sort of motherboard do you have to allow for so many drives? Mine only has 3 for my HTPC

It's really a low end system:
i3 540
G.Skill 60GB SSD for the OS
5 x 2TB WD Green and 1 x 3TB WD Green
2GB Corsair RAM
Windows 7 HP
Gigabyte GA-H55-USB3
Antec Earthwatts 430W.
HIS Radeon HD6450 Silent
All in a Silverstone LC-16 (black)
Don't ask me what the optical drive is, I forgot.. some Samsung blu ray player..

As you can see, it's very low power, but it's pretty quiet too - the loudest thing probably the CPU fan.

Next year I'll be upgrading it. Not sure about the motherboard/cpu combo yet, but the drives, definitely. 4TB is really coming down in price, and I could easily replace all 5 2TB drives with 2TB drives to add another 10TB in total.

ZipZapRap said,
4TB is really coming down in price

Where are you shopping? I've been watching prices on the 4TB drives for months, and for all intents and purposes, they're holding steady at $200 (I'm in Canada). The cheapest I've seen is $170, but that was a Seagate--which I refuse to buy.

(I'd also like to know why bare-bones internal drives now seem to be more expensive than external drives with a USB enclosure)

_dandy_ said,
Where are you shopping?

These are Australian prices. At the moment, a Seagate 4TB drive retails for about $190-$199 here. That's quite a good price, but I'm waiting until they hit $150 before replacing my HTPC drives. $750 for 5 x 4TB is a good deal I think!

That said, I'm hoping for cuts towards the end of the year. WD will be releasing their 4TB green drives, which should put pressure on the others. Also, early next year Seagate are releasing 5TB and 6TB enterprise drives, which MIGHT add more downward pressure on the 4TB consumer drives.

Dog help the owners of these misdesigned pieces of... metal. No management, no ergonomics, no polish, no creativity whatsoever. By all accounts, yes, it is two cases welded together. Bad cases.

Want a damn file server? Buy one! 4U sized rack - definitely cheaper and sturdier, if it has to be, or a proper 4U NAS.

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