High End Case Roundup: In Win, Lian-Li, & SilverStone

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High End Case Roundup: In Win, Lian-Li, & SilverStoneIf you love building computers, you probably appreciate a good case or chassis. While there are plenty of excellent products available for a song, there’s also an upper echelon of models that cost quite a bit and offer all the premiere features you could hope for. While it seems as though there’s a lot of similarity between low-end and midrange cases, once you get to a certain price point, various companies take things in very different directions. The three premium chassis we’re looking at in this roundup certainly bear that out.

In Win, Lian Li, and SilverStone all make some beautiful cases. And when we asked them to send us one of their top of the line products, they all responded in kind: In Win with the unique H-Frame, Lian Li with the tall, all-black PC-X2000FN, and Silverstone with the Fortress FT02...

High End Case Roundup: In Win, Lian-Li, & Silverstone

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Warsoul replied on Wed, May 1 2013 12:02 PM

In Win H-frame is an dust collector or not ?

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Johnny3D replied on Wed, May 1 2013 12:23 PM

That H-Frame is a cool looking design. I would actually want to use something like that. Sadly, when I went searching for where to buy it, NewEgg had it listed as discontinued.

The Lian-Li is 'clean' looking, but I don't like how the system is laid out, nor how the heat would travel through it. Essentially, to me, it seems too 'closed up' and I don't like the HDD's position at the top of the case which doesn't appear to have an output heat vent.

The Fortress FT02 Looks like it has a nicer setup than the Lian-Li, but when I look at your thermal testing, it shows that the Lian-Li was actually the 'coolest' running case of the three. I was surprised. I also wished that you had included a thermal test with the H-Frame having the exhaust fan even though it wasn't included in the default setup. That would have been interesting data to know as well.

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H-Frame might be good for a silent, completely passively cooled build, maybe even water, but thats about it.

I dont remember a Lian Li case I didnt like. Maybe the train one... The disc tray at the side would be better for me, as I love a clean looking front, but dislike doors.

I really dislike the Fortress series. I know people like them, I just do not

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Closed up is good. The separate compartments allow for much better cooling.

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The H frame is a cool design on paper, never something Id own personally due to dust alone. I agree that on a passive cooled only build it could show some potential, still id pass it up.

Lian Li always makes a decent chassis of outstanding quality, and for how its setup. It looks like they took a design cue from the 800d, having separate zones to keep the noise and heat down is a nice thing. As always the finish is of great quality. I like the ROM drives on the side, nice little touch. Cable routing could be a little better on the mobo side.

The silverstone is a nice chassis, that could be hit or miss depending on how/where its setup. Though I understand WHY, I am not sure how I feel about the GPUs exhausting straight up the top like that (I can imagine a space heater like effect after a few). None the less, silverstone and lian li both have always made some fine chassis, you cant go wrong with either lian li or silverstone.

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Hey... for you guys worried about dust: I take my machine outside and use my electric leaf blower with a flexible extension hose attached to it to blow all the dust out of my system. I do that about once every couple weeks or so. It's amazing how well 100mph wind will blow the dust right out. Keeps it really nice and clean in there.

When I'm doing it, I hold any fan I'm blowing out with my finger, otherwise it'll make it spin like crazy. I also wear a dust mask while I do it because it will blow out quite a bit of dust. Or... at least it does for me. :)

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sevags replied on Wed, May 1 2013 7:30 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love Lian-Li cases! I was impressed with the H frame when it was announced, how hard is it to get one? I remember it and the D frame were being made in very limited numbers.

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The Lian-Li case looks the best to me, but the price is astounding.

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I like the H-Frame and I am not worried about dust. My Antec 12 collects dust with 7 fans running. A can of air and a shop vac takes care of the dust cloud.

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scolaner replied on Thu, May 2 2013 11:59 AM

Shadizzle, I initially shared your concern about the GPU heat on the Fortress, but with three huge fans on the bottom of the case moving air upwards, it wasn't ultimately an issue.

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Warsoul replied on Thu, May 2 2013 7:33 PM

Where's the horizontal cases ?

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Warsoul replied on Thu, May 2 2013 7:39 PM

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product_legacy.php?area=en&model=lc11

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This Lian Li looks beautiful! The only complaint I would muster is that that brushed aluminum is going to stain from the oils on fingerprints and look croggy after awhile. I guess I'll have to surround it with protectors and warning signs so that nobody would touch it if I had one!

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  • 2GB DDR2
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  • Stock Dell motherboard
  • 250Gb HDD
  • XFX Pro Core edition 650W PSU
  • Stock Dell inspiron case

 

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rrplay replied on Sat, May 4 2013 8:21 PM

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This Lian Li looks beautiful! The only complaint I would muster is that that brushed aluminum is going to stain from the oils on fingerprints and look croggy after awhile. I guess I'll have to surround it with protectors and warning signs so that nobody would touch it if I had one!

Can't really say that to be true with the Lian li -silver brushed aluminum chassis I have had over the years and the other silver Lian Li cases in use for other folks builds. With just a bit of reasonable wipes, once in awhile they look and hold up really well.Can't say the same for the black, and would likely show all the paw prints.

 

 

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digitaldd replied on Mon, May 6 2013 11:15 AM

When a $260 case is considered inexpensive it makes me happy I only build a system once every 2-3 years. fortunately i still re-use old cases most of the time.

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