- Aluminum ATX Full Tower
- USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 / e-SATA Front Ports
- 7 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Overall a solid case with minimal design flaws and poor support 02/08/2009
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V2010B Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
The most appealing features to me were the removable motherboard tray, hand fasteners, fan control, I/O port on the top of the case, wheels, ample space for new video cards, and overall appearance. Additionally, the number of drive bays was a good match for my new X58 MB with 10 SATA ports. Lian Li finally added an eSATA connector to the I/O port on the top of the case.
Aluminum drive bezels were displaced or inside of the case secondary to poor packaging; two had minor scratches but were replaced by optical drives. A few pieces of removable packaging tape would have held the bezels in place.
I purchased two cases and the top eSATA port was defective on one case. I sent two email to Lian Li customer support and one email to Lian Li support across two weeks and received ZERO responses. A new I/O bracket over an RMA would have been ideal and based on this problem, it is my opinion that LIAN LI HAS POOR/UNACCEPTABLE CUSTOMER SUPPORT. Enjoy the RMA Lian Li!
The aluminum edges on the hard drive bays next to the optimal hand screws are like razor wire. Be careful as I literally put some hard work, sweat and a bit of blood into this build.
The case gets two stars for UNACCEPTABLE SUPPORT, a defective I/O, questionable cooling, insufficient clearance for modular cables, and for razor sharp edges. I would have given 4 stars otherwise.
The “V” series aluminum is thicker as compared to the “A” series case. The front cover, sides and top can be replaced on the “A” series but only the sides scan be replaced on this “V” series. The removable front cover on the “A” series makes it easy to remove drive bezels, which was lost on this case as they must be carefully removed to prevent scratches. Overall, the black finish is much more susceptible to marring and scratching as compared to the original aluminum.
There is little space between the hard drive connectors and the closed side panel. Using modular connectors may be difficult to impossible based on cable stiffness and number of drives.
The case temperature was 15 degress hotter than my older “A” series case that used wind tunnel cooling. I had to add the optional front bay cooler and graphics cooler to reach equivalent temperatures in the top of the case. I plan to add two fans to a power supply mounting plate to better manage lower case temperatures.
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