Final Thoughts, Pricing, Conclusion
After spending several weeks with the PC-V2120, I can confidently say this is the most silent PC enclosure I’ve ever owned and the accessibility, design, and additional features make it highly desirable for extreme users with a fat wallet. The ability to house a full HPTX motherboard is one of its biggest selling points because there are only a handful of PC cases that can carry this distinction. The minimalistic, industrial look and feel makes me think the $429 price tag is more than justified. This is truly a case designed specifically for elite users who need a workhorse that can handle server-class functions in a desktop form factor.
As with all Lian Li products, I was highly impressed with the construction, material, and ease of use due to the PC-V2120’s tool-less design. I also fell in love with the removable motherboard tray, but was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t install our Corsair H50 watercooler’s radiator and fan to the tray because it simply didn’t fit. I also had difficulty using the top panel fan mounts because of the beveled edges where the plates drop down to make a seamless fit. These issues weren’t showstoppers, but something consumers should keep in mind when they look at this particular case.
The Lian Li PC-2120 comes in three different flavors with three different price tags. The one we reviewed is called the PC-2120A and can be purchased at Newegg for $429 before shipping. There’s PC-2120B (black version) can also be had for $429, but the PC-2120X (black version with black chassis) tops out at $479 before shipping.
We’d like to thank our friends at Lian Li for providing the PC-V2120A full tower PC case for our review today. Lian Li has also set the bar high and the PC-V2120 truly takes that standard even higher as they taken on one of the enthusiast communities biggest requests — to have a case that supports HPTX motherboards (and specifically the EVGA Classified SR-2). I also commend Lian Li for not budging on their stance for putting form and function before flashy and cheap design techniques. While fancy blue LEDs and large windows may appeal to the masses, true enthusiasts understand how optimal airflow management techniques should be configured as well as the importance of a silent case. Overall, the Lian Li PC-V2120A earns PC Perspective’s Editor’s Choice Award for its sturdy design, high-quality craftsmanship, and outstanding performance during testing.
- Compatible with HPTX motherboards (very rare feature)
- Solid aluminum construction and design
- Sound dampening material behind front door and side panels
- Lightweight, supports 13 5.25″ devices and 5 5.25″ optical drives
- Extremely expensive
- Watercooling compatibility may be an issue for custom cooling units