Lian Li Release PC-V358 Chassis for Micro-ATX Buildsby Ian Cutress on December 18, 2013 9:21 AM EST
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A lot of shiny cases come out of Lian Li, best known for their use of aluminum with an element of style. Chassis like the mini-ITX based TU-200 with a carry handle, the PC-90 and the curved PC-Q30 have come through AnandTech. Today Lian Li is releasing their next micro-ATX chassis, the PC-V358.
If I remember correctly, this was one of the chassis that Lian Li had on display at Computex, but where still in the planning stages of design. The PC-V358, available in black and silver, is designed around easy access, such that the case lid can rotate away from the components, the CPU cooler fans can be rotated away to work on the motherboard and so on.
The case/cube (324 mm x 286 mm x 390 mm) will support power supplies up to 200mm, CPU coolers up to 130mm in height and PCIe devices such as GPUs up to 330mm in length. Due to the hinge mechanisms, Lian Li is aiming the case at users who want to use integrated liquid cooling, as shown by the press release images.
The PC-V358 will support six 3.5” HDDs and an additional two 2.5” SSDs, with four expansion slots for GPUs. The system uses two 120mm fans included, as well as another included 120mm fan at the rear. IO on the case is solely for audio and two USB 3.0 ports.
The system attempts to emulate many of the new chassis that have recently come onto the market by creating ‘zones’ of hardware – we have seen cases like the Carbine Air 540 split the system into regions with the CPU/GPUs on one side and the PSU/HDDs and other hardware away from the heat generating parts of the system. The PC-V358 does this, albeit in a top/bottom paradigm.
The PC-V358 should be available by the end of the year in North America with a MSRP of $179.
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DanNeely - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkThe Side IO is forward of the mobo, so it shouldn't be a factor in width. The width looks like it was set by having the second 3.5" cage go sideways to give more clearance for the PSU.
CrimsonFury - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkFor the Side IO I think cbelle was refering to the fact you will need to leave space to the side of the case, which can be an issue with things like placing in a home theatre cabinet or other small space
The width is because they left space for a radiator next to the motherboard.
Zak - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkNice! I should consider an mATX build next time. I'm just always concerned with space for dual GPUs. Oh, and I'd love a case with no openings in the front. I haven't used an optical drive in years.
texadactyl - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkSuper convenient open function; allows simple access to many components, especially storage. Thanks for the links to their other cases; I'm interested in a Mini-ITX case with more style this time.
Teizo - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkAs the previous poster noted, there is not much room at the top for the pci-e power connectors. This case will definitely require a reference blower design more than likely. A Gigabyte Windforce or MSI Gaming card will not fit I am pretty sure. Before getting this case, better measure the height of the GPU.
Teizo - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkLooking at the last picture, they may...but definitely need to take some measurements first as it will be cutting it close with some AIB custom cards.
Zak - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkYeah. I'd love to see a review of this case with dual GPUs.
antef - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkThere is no reason to get something like this instead of the cheap, awesome, and small Rosewill Line-M. You won't find a tinier mATX case that supports full-size cards, it's 50 bucks, and is rated 5 eggs on Newegg with 92 reviews. I have the Silverstone PS-07 and love it, it's also much cheaper than this Lian Li, but the Line-M simply looks unbeatable.
DanNeely - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - linkThose cases both have a completely different visual style. People interested in something like this Lian-Li won't want either of them.
rUmX - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - linkI really don't know why'd you say that. Lian Li's are for people who actually appreciate clean looks. I miss the Cooler Master of old. They used to make good cases.