TechSpot: Lian Li PC-V2120 Full Tower Chassis Review

Much like Ferrari and Lamborghini in the automotive world, Lian Li is considered by many to be the flagship computer chassis manufacturer. Although they have been in business since 1983, it wasn't until around 2000 that they began turning heads with their all-aluminum PC-60 series enclosures. This happened to be the first enthusiast case I ever reviewed, and at the time, it was light years ahead of anything else on the market.

A decade later, Lian Li is still making great cases but they aren't the only premium enclosure vendor on the block. With stiff competition from the likes of Silverstone, Corsair, NZXT and several others, does Lian Li still have what it takes to remain relevant in the ever-changing PC market?

Today we'll be looking at the Lian Li PC-V2120A, a luxury full tower chassis that supports most standard motherboard form factors and also EVGA's exotic HPTX format. In a nutshell, the PC-V2120 sports a tool-less aluminum design supporting up to ten 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch HDDs, 11 expansion cards and five fans.

Read: Lian Li PC-V2120 Full Tower Case Review

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I like my V2000 case more.

Also it was amusing to see them test a case designed to take up to around a dozen HDD's with a single one. i guess it's fair enough, but that case is sort of wasted on such a setup.

The PC-V2120 is available in three different color schemes: black with a silver interior, silver with a matching interior and black with a black interior. We were sent the all-silver version for evaluation which will set you back a handsome $399. The black aluminum models go for a larger premium at $429 for the black exterior, and $499 for the black on black chassis

wow that's just incredible. my antec 1200 has 90% aluminium case(some plastic molding on the top and front) with black interior for less than $200.

i'm also not a fan of cases with doors especially when the power buttons and other ports are inside the door. without the door the front of this case is even uglier than with the plain jane door.


the modularity is a nice touch though, though i have doubts of how easy it would be to do the final assembly with this kind of thing. something i'd have to try out for myself. that being said, the fan tunnel/hdd bays of my antec1200 are also modular, and it makes working with their tool based/thumbscrew instllation a bit easier over than flipping the case around multiple times to get new hdd's in.

Since this is an H55 board, I will be using the integrated Intel HD graphics on the CPU. This unfortunately means I won't be able to test out the VGA card pillar.

wtf kind of reviewer is this? again techspot makes some bad decisions in their methodology.

Furthermore, since I am only using a single SSD, I opted to remove all of the extra hard drive cages and the extra cooling fans. These are all easily removable as they use a combination of thumbscrews and a few Phillips head screws. This left the two front 140mm intake fans unrestricted and should result in better overall system cooling.

more silly **** from techspot. which will impact how this case rates foor internal temps in untypical situations of not having mechanical hdd's.

then i got to the end of the so called review and there was no measured data tests for cooling temps vs other cases with the same hardware. this is not a review, and read more like an overly enthusiastic ad, given that the reviewer has very little bad to say about the case and tries to mitigate any cons as much as possible.

this is not professional review, it is an amateur review or a salesman talking abou ta product. i've seen better member reviews on neowin than this tripe.

ahhell said,
My thoughts exactly.
If it had some big ass 200mm fans it wouldn't be too bad of a case.

120mm isn't too bad tbh, I thought it looked smaller. But as you say, it needs a big slow-moving 200mm exhaust fan.

just looking at the pic i'm hoping someof that stuff is removeable or else that case is going to be a real PITA to work in.

i'm also not a fan of wheels on the bottom. they seem mor esuited to $50 walmart desk cubby holes that no self respecting pc enthusiast would stuff their tower into.

as usuall with alot of cases these days the way the hdd bays are set up between the intake fans on the main compartment seems to impede airflow, and i don't think the extra fan inside is going to help much here.

the 2.5" bays are a nice touch though imho.

treemonster said,
just looking at the pic i'm hoping someof that stuff is removeable or else that case is going to be a real PITA to work in.

i'm also not a fan of wheels on the bottom. they seem mor esuited to $50 walmart desk cubby holes that no self respecting pc enthusiast would stuff their tower into.

as usuall with alot of cases these days the way the hdd bays are set up between the intake fans on the main compartment seems to impede airflow, and i don't think the extra fan inside is going to help much here.

the 2.5" bays are a nice touch though imho.

if it's anything like the 2 lian li's I've worked with then you can probably remove everything from the inside using thumbscrews. They aren't the best looking cases but they are well made and very easy to work with.

yowan said,
Its too ugly

i didn't realise a case was something you stuck on a wall as the centre piece in your house.

yowan said,
Its too ugly

While I agree the case is rather ugly some people don't care and just have them under the desk or whatever preferring the quality rather than beauty.