Joined on 10/27/12
Flawless air cooling. Some frustrations water cooling.
Pros: - it's beautiful - It's silent. It comes with silent fans. The glass seems to do a good job dampening fan noise from the components - nobody understands how the aitflow works in this case, but thermals are somehow similar to an open air test bench while air cooling.
Cons: - Very limited 120x360 radiator support. I've gone through several radiators that just barely did not fit. I even tried some rads that worked for others online, that were about 1mm too long to fit in my case. I guess my case was just at the low end of Lian Li's height spec. I'd love to post one here that is sure to fit, but I still haven't found one. - The build process was not as easy for me as the other reviewers, but it wasn't too bad. The hard drive cage, power supply, and any radiators completely block passthroughs, meaning I had to remove several components I already installed in order to re-route some cables. - Space is tight behind the side panel. Using a radiator in the front will completely block two passthroughs. You have to force in the radiator and bend the cables in creative ways in order to use them. Many people online have removed the hard-drive cage completely in order to make room back here for a pump or cables.
Overall Review: I've been using this case air cooled for about a month, with a 240 AIO cooler for the CPU. In this configuration, it is near silent, even while gaming. I only hear anything when I punish it with benchmarks or exceptionally demanding games. Trying to get water cooling going has been a frustration as you're playing the lottery with the height spec to decide if you can fit any radiators in the 120x360 slot. Even radiators that worked for other builders online haven't worked for me.