We saw Lian Li hit many of the right notes with PC-V700 - the company's smallest ATX chassis to date - but it's going for the complete opposite with the soon-to-be-unleased PC-X2000FN.
Described by the manufacturer as a "tall, slim EATX chassis," this unusual-looking enclosure vows to store the latest PC hardware in a tidy compartmentalised interior.
The PC-X2000FN's size - 693mm tall and 240mm wide - make it look ungainly, but Lian Li appears to be putting the unorthodox dimensions to good use. Split into three compartments, the top section is set aside exclusively for storage; where users can install two side-loading 5.25in optical drives, as well as up to four hot-swappable 3.5in hard drives and three 2.5in SSDs.
Maximising the available space, the middle section is large enough for an EATX, ATX or Micro ATX motherboard, and with no hard drives in this area, there's room for CPU coolers measuring up to 180mm tall and graphics cards measuring up to 340mm in length. The ten expansion slots could also come in handy if you're planning a triple- or quad-GPU configuration.
Rounding off the compartments, the third section located at the bottom of the case can house a power supply measuring up to 230mm in length and a further three hot-swappable 3.5in hard drives.
Cable-routing holes are plentiful, as are pre-installed fans, with Lian Li opting to include three 140mm front intakes, a 120mm exhaust in the middle compartment and a 140mm exhaust in the top compartment. There's a well-stocked top I/O panel, too, that includes four USB 3.0 ports, headset and microphone jacks, and eSATA.
The aluminium frame suggests top-notch build quality, and there's clearly a lot of room for a seriously high-end build, but the PC-X2000FN won't come cheap. Lian Li expects to have it in stores this September priced at $499 (roughly £385 inc. VAT).
|Lian Li PC-X2000FN specification|
|Case Type||Full tower chassis|
|Dimensions||(W) 240mm x (H) 693mm x (D) 455mm|
|Front bezel Material||Aluminium|
|5.25" drive bay (External)||2|
|3.5" drive bay (External)||None|
|HDD bay||3.5-Inch HDD x9 (hotswap x7)
/ 2.5-Inch HDD x3
or 3.5-Inch HDD x8 (hotswap x7)
/ 2.5-Inch HDD x4
|Motherboard||EATX / ATX / Micro-ATX|
|System Fan (Front)||140mm Fan x3|
|System Fan (Top)||None|
|System Fan (Rear)||120mm Fan x1
140mm Fan x1
|I/O Ports||USB 3.0 x 4
e-SATA x 1
|Maximum Compatibility||VGA Card length: 340mm
PSU length: 230mm
CPU cooler height: 180mm