Lian Li PC-V1110 Super Mid-Tower Chassis
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-05-2008
Provided by: Lian Li
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Interior


Opening up the PC-V1110, we see it has a very spacious interior. You can see the two distinct thermal zones, one for the hard disks and power supply, and the other for everything else. There is a vertical bar running down the center of the case that has two purposes other than being a support beam. The bottom half of the pillar is used for supporting extra long PCI cards, an essentially useless feature that gets in the way more than anything else. The top part, however, has two threads for mounting the included chipset fan we saw earlier. This fan can be attached anywhere along the threads, and blows right down onto the RAM and Northbridge. This is a great feature, and adds much needed cooling to parts of the computer that generally go overlooked.

I can see this fan being a problem for dual-socket motherboards, though, which will have one CPU cooler right under that fan. With a CPU fan, a pillar, and the extra fan all in such close proximity, there will be an odd disruption in airflow which will impact cooling in other parts of the case. That is assuming that the fan and the pillar don't occupy the same space to begin with. Though the pillar can be moved between two positions, it still seems like an unavoidable problem.


The ceiling and both side-panels are covered in a thin layer of dense sound-proofing foam. This will be great for keeping noise down, especially with the extra fan we'll have spinning by the RAM. On the other side of the fan controller, we find a PCB with a Molex power lead, ready for all of the case fans. This is a very organized system, but requires that the front fan be led all the way across the case to the controller, which is less than efficient.


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