The Bottom Line
- Excellent Construction Quality
- Good Sound Proofing Features
- Very Clean Looking Case
- Portions of Front Panel Ports
- Air Flow Problems With Upper Compartment
- Brushed Aluminum Case Construction
- Thermal Zones for Improved Cooling
- Two 120mm Low-Noise Cooling Fans
- Two USB, One FireWire and Audio Ports on Front Panel
- Aluminum CD and Floppy Drive Bezel
- Five 5 1/4", Six 3.5" and Seven PCI Slots
- Special Sound Insulation Foam
- Fits Up To Full Size ATX Motherboard
- 8.3" x 19.3" x 21.7"
Guide Review - Lian-Li PC-V1100B Aluminum Case
Lian-Li was one of the first companies to sell PC cases constructed almost entirely out of aluminum. The concept is that aluminum provides a lighter and cooler case. Of course, the use of aluminum also carries a very high price tag that makes the PC-V1100B one of the most expensive cases on the market.
One of the first things people notice about the PC-V1100B is the thermal zones that make it very different from standard ATX cases. The power supply and hard drives reside in the lower portion of the case while the motherboard and components are at the top. This helps keep the hard drives and power supply cooler, but the motherboard case has limited airflow that causes it to be a bit hotter.
This case is marketed as being a silent case and it has a number of features to help with this. The most obvious is the special foam lining to the side panels of the case and to the rear exhaust diverter. This helps reduce the amount of ambient noise. Two low speed fans keep air moving through the case without making too much noise. The front panel also has stripping to help prevent vibrations.
Overall, the PC-V1100B is a very well designed case that has very high quality. Small touches in various areas set it apart from less expensive cases. It does have a few minor problems such as the heat and cable lengths, but they are minor for most people.
For a more detailed look at the PC-V1100B, be sure to check out the product tour.