Earlier on, we said the V1000 was a revolutionary and innovative case, and if the outside didn’t convince you of that, then maybe the inside will, so we’ll start out with a shot of the internals.
They say a photo is worth a 1000 words and the photo above is no exception. The V1000 is divided into three separate compartments, revolutionary in its own right. The bottom compartment in the left of our picture, houses up to six 3.5′ hard drives with the front intake fan positioned to blow cool air across them. The second compartment on the bottom right, houses the power supply with the floor under both compartments loaded with passive air vents (you’ll be able to see this better in up coming photo’s of the separate compartments).The third and largest compartment, houses the five 5.25′ drive bays and your motherboard of choice, and in another departure from previous Lian-Li cases the motherboard tray is not removable.
From the positioning of the I/O ports and expansion card covers, you can see that the motherboard is mounted in complete reverse as compared to standard ATX cases and for AMD CPU’s the rear exhaust fan is ideally situated.
The photo above shows the positioning of the front intake fan and six hard drive bays with the special slides built in; Lian-Li supplies you with 24 special screws, four for each drive that you install in the hard drive itself, the heads of which fit in the channel of the slides, once mounted, all you need do is push down the tab on both sides which locks each drive in position.
A closer look at the front intake fan reveals that it is mounted on an aluminum plate that is attached to the frame by two thumbscrews, just loosen both (do not try and remove them, it isn’t necessary) pull out on them and slide the assembly out of the case.
The fan housing contains a standard Lian-Li filter that is easily removable for cleaning and the fan itself is mounted with rubber vibration dampeners.
There is not much to say about the power supply compartment other than it’s in the bottom of the case and sits on a bracket so that hot air can escape thru the air vents in the floor of the case.
The two compartments are separated by a solid wall, except for the opening to allow the wiring harness to pass thru to the other two compartments.
Now, remembering that we have the Performance-Pcs V1000 Elite Edition, you can see the top mounted 120 mm Panaflo fan along with the mesh covered wiring. We chose the ‘Cobra’ mesh as it suits our color scheme with our red LED fans. We wanted to show you a close up of the partially populated 5.25′ drive bays, so you could see that the passive air vents are on both sides of the bay rack, which allows passive air and some of the air generated from the front internal intake fan to flood the motherboard chamber.
In the lower left of our photo, you can see the wire harness coming thru from the bottom compartments to feed your motherboard and hungry components. Wire control is a simple matter thanks to the well thought out design of the V1000.