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Lian-Li PC-V33 Case Review

Lian-Li PC-V33 Case Review. Today we explore a new launch from Lian-Li, the PC-V33. The case offers support for boards ranging from mini-ITX up to full-size ATX format along with graphics cards up to 330mm in length. CPU coolers up to 190mm in height are supported, a separate bottom compartment houses power supplies up to 300mm in length and includes integrated air filters.

The V33 is currently available is three different models.  Black (33B)  Silver (33A), or Black with a glass panel window (33WX)
The V33WX is obviously the more expensive of the three, and is retailing on the day of review for £189, at Overlockers UK. Other models should be around £159.

[Features & Specifications]

SPECIFICATION

– Model: PC-V33WX
– Case Type: Mid Tower Chassis
– Dimensions: (W) 334mm x (H) 352mm x (D) 390mm
– Colour: All Black
– Front bezel Material: Aluminium
– Side Panel: Tempered Glass, Aluminium
– Body Material: Aluminium
– Net Weight: 4.1kg
– 5.25″ drive bay (External): None
– 3.5″ drive bay (External): None
– HDD bay: 3.5″ HDD x4 or 2.5″ HDD x4
– Expansion Slot: 7
– MB Type: ATX, Micro-ATX
– System Fan(Front): 120mm x2(Optional)
– System Fan(Rear): 120mm x2
– I/O Ports: USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
PSU Type: ATX PSU
Maximum Compatibility:

  • VGA Card length: 330mm
  • CPU cooler height: 190mm
  • PSU length: 300mm

Courtesy of Lian-Li, read more HERE

[Packaging and Accessories]

 

The PC-V33 arrived in generic brown box.  Dimensions of 470mm x 410mm x 410mm (H W D) Lian-Li don’t clutter the box with details or specs, instead we find an angled shot of the case, and the model is indicated. Black, Silver or Black with Glass side panel (this sample) Inside the case is very well protected
The user manual is larger than most, on A4 paper to be exact, All sides used, with detailed information and clear images are found. The internal bundle is very robust, with many different sizes and a very generous amount of each.

  • 5x PSU Screws
  • 9X MB Screws
  • 16X Screws for 3.5″ HDD
  • 16x Screws for 2.5″ HDD
  • 16x Anti-vibration Rings
  • 2x Cable ties
  • 2x 3 pin to 4 pin Molex.
  • 1x USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adaptor.

[Closer Look]

As always, we will start our tour at the front of the case, and work our way around it.

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The V33 has a very clean front panel, starting from the base, we find a centred power button. To the right of which we have Audio in/out and dual USB 3.0 ports.  I don’t particularly mind the placement but perhaps centered would have been more suitable?

The only other thing found on the front panel is meshed area that we’ll explore in due course, but for who want to know! behind it you can install 2x 120mm fans (not included)

As mentioned earlier the W33 is available in three different versions, our  sample has a very interesting design twist. With a tempered glass side panel. The other versions use a meshed side panel
The glass panel is held into place with four, oversized thumbscrews. Each with very good grip and removal of the panel takes no effort at all. The panel on the other side has a meshed area.

With both panels removed,  we would generally begin our internal tour. Today’s product has something very unique to examine first. Simply remove two thumbscrews from the rear to access the best thing about the V33.

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The swing open top/front panel! Not only does it look ridiculously good, this is a feature this grants much easier access to the internals too. For the install and system maintenance.
The V33 is made up of a self-explanatory two chamber design. The motherboard sits horizontally in the top chamber, storage and power in the underside.

The front ventilation lines up perfectly for a clever addition to the V33. You can add 2x 120mm fans to bring in cool air, or even add a 240mm radiator. The mount is complemented with a removable dust filter too.  Lian Li have been mindful to allow enough cabling length from the I/O, so when the panel is opened up there is no strain on them, neither are they too long to cause snags..
The top chamber, motherboard tray is very basic. With a large CPU cutout and two rubber grommets. The V33 will take anything from M-ITX to ATX.

The storage system is very clever, using rubber washers to aid with vibration and securing the drives down, the V33 can take a mixture of drives, either 2.5 or 2.5. With a total of 4 at any one time.

[Floor]

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Taking a look at the underside of the V33 now, we find two different ventilation points. One for the PSU, and the other for the storage bays.

The filter removes with ease, for maintenance

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The case sits about 20mm high, thanks to the sleek silver feet, which provide fantastic grip.

[Roof]

Nothing to mention about the top, no mesh, no ventilation and no mounting spots for fans. Just a beautiful brushed aluminium finish

[Rear]

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Glancing at the rear now, because we have a two chamber design, Lian-Li offer exhausts fans for each
At the lower left, you’ll find the PSU mount, and above it the top 120mm fan exhaust. Notice those 3 random holes? These are used for an optional extra. Here you can install the lighting module (LED50RGB-2)
To gain access to the PCI covers, you’ll need to remove a single plate. While I’ve seen this type of addition elsewhere, it’s the most premium I’ve ever seen.

[The Build]

Just a quick recap on limits
Maximum Compatibility:

  • VGA Card length: 330mm
  • CPU cooler height: 190mm
  • PSU length: 300mm

which realistically for 99% of us, won’t be problem at all! Tower coolers have slowly grown in height, over the last few years, and while I’m not aware of any that are 190mm (yet), this is a smart future proof move. Rather than limit the case now! GPU are limited to 330mm or over 12″, again… more than enough for most.

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In several past reviews out monster 220mm long PSU, would simply not fit. Today with a limit of 300mm, the V33 has no such issue! However, we fitted a Bitfenix  modular FURY PSU to demo what you can do with the visuals.

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Despite my initial reservations about the glass, I have to say it looks just brilliant!  Be sure to give it a good clean after assembling the system, it’ll be like a magnet to finger marks and smudging. A price worth paying in my opinion…
What’s not immediately apparent, with the interior being all black, is that the actual effect is that of smoked glass. Hard to describe, how so a small addition to a product, makes a massive difference.

This is further emphasised, when adding any lighting into the system. Most Graphics cards and motherboards have some sort of lighting nowadays, even small LED indicators and such, these really pop under the glass! We added a LEDstrip and the results speak for themselves!

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As the PSU is on the backside of the case, from the side that matters, visuals are very clean. Notice the trailing I/O cabling ( USB/ Audio), thinking about it now, I would actually route them up and under the CPU cutout, for an even neater appearance.

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I actually installed the AIO the wrong way around, (whoops) the fans ought to have been on the opposite side. Despite that, what we have is a mass amount of space, which would allow another set of fans to added for push/pull

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We installed dual SSD’s on the top mounting tray.  The V33 can take another two on the lower tray, I suppose you could remove it, if you wished. That said, it’s so low key, and hardly takes any space at all, I would just leave it there.
Looking at the rear side now, the V33 has a ton of space for spare cables, So even a non-modular PSU would be just fine.

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One of the best features of the case is shown in the above image. No matter what part of the system you want to access, you can….with ease

[Final Thoughts]

It’s  to wrap it all up and deliver a verdict on the Lian Li PC-V33WX. Well let me say right away, I love this product.

Let’s talk about the price tag of £190/$220, which is in the higher segment of the market. Does the product warrant this price tag? I think it does.. Lets’ break it down and see why. Shape and design are simple, elegant but clever. Sometimes the simplest shapes and lines produce the best look, and that relevant here on the V33. At the heart, It’s nothing more than a cube, yet visually its beautiful, Lian-Li have been very clever to keep the looks to a minimum. This isn’t nothing new, if you’re familiar with the brands and some of their past creations. This is what Lian-Li do best!

Regarding features or design, compared to similar products..because others do exist. What you’ll find however is that most are limited, less pleasing on the eye and more often than not, made of plastic. Here on the V33, the panels, frame and everything is constructed with the best around.  Does it really matter? Some may ask. Granted, your case doesn’t moves around much right, so it’s not prone to damage? It’s bizarre that I’m writing this review today, as I had this very conversation only a week ago.  I have a friend upgrading his system, and is actually using a 10 year Lian-Li case. The features and such from 10 years ago, are still relevant today. I doubt many users can claim to be using a case of this age! His case is still in pristine condition, and even if it wasn’t Lian-Li are one of the few brands that support their product, with spares for numerous years
Focusing on this particular model, with the tempered glass, it’s about £30 more here in the UK. Personally I think that seriously good value for money, given just how much the panel adds, with our without any lighting.  The V33 is a brilliant addition to an ever-growing lineup of fantastic Lian-Li products. I can’t fault the V33 at all
Well worthy of our Design Award and Editors Choice.

Lian-Li PC-V33 Case Review. Today we explore a new launch from Lian-Li, the PC-V33. The case offers support for boards ranging from mini-ITX up to full-size ATX format along with graphics cards up to 330mm in length. CPU coolers up to 190mm in height are supported, a separate bottom compartment houses power supplies up to 300mm in length and includes integrated air filters. The V33 is currently available is three different models.  Black (33B)  Silver (33A), or Black with a glass panel window (33WX) The V33WX is obviously the more expensive of the three, and is retailing on the day of…
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We would like to thank Lian-Li for providing the sample, and we look forward to seeing more from them, in the near future!

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