Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

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Lian Li PC-V354 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

January 20, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Lian Li PC-V354B
MicroATX Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$150

The Lian Li PC-Q08 case is a solidly constructed SFF chassis with a nice combination of features that gives it a good deal of versatility. However, the choice to make room for six hard drives makes it a bit large for a mini-ITX/DTX case; in fact, we would say it's a waste of space if used with fewer than three 3.5" drives. For a server, the design also limits your options as only a couple of mini-ITX boards have enough SATA ports to connect six drives and adding a controller card limits future expansion. A slightly larger form factor might be preferable. In contrast, MicroATX boards are more numerous and affordable. The Lian Li PC-V354 appears, at first glance, to be a bigger, mATX version of the PC-Q08... but appearances are often deceiving.


The PC-V354 box.

Like its little brother, the Lian Li PC-V354 is of aluminum construction, has front USB 3.0 ports, and there is enough room inside for moderately-sized CPU coolers and the extra long graphics cards that are all the rage these days. Being larger, it should run a bit cooler, especially as it comes with three fans included instead of two in the PC-Q08, and there is an optional placement at the back for a fourth.


The PC-V354B (Black).

Three inches deeper, two inches taller, and slightly wider, the PC-V354 supports one more hard drive and ships with two 12 cm intake fans rather than a single 14 cm model. A memory card reader has been added on the front panel. There are several other minor differences both inside and out that we'll get into later.


Accessories.

Like the PC-Q08, the PC-V354 has front USB 3.0, but doesn't have a proper internal header. External USB plugs at the ends of the inside cables have be routed out the back to into rear I/O ports. To facilitate this, a PCI bracket with a small grommet is included. If your case lacks USB 3.0, an adapter is included so you can plug it into a standard old USB 2.0 header.

Specifications: Lian Li PC-V354
(from the product web page)
Model PC-V354
Case Type Mini Tower
Dimensions (W) 245mm x (H) 320mm x (D) 420mm (33 liters)
Front bezel Material Aluminum
Color Black / Silver / Red
Side Panel Aluminum
Body Material Aluminum
Net Weight 4.17KG
5.25" drive bay (External) 1
3.5" drive bay (External) None
3.5" drive bay (Internal) 7
Expansion Slot 5
Motherboard M-ATX / Mini-ITX / Mini-DTX
System Fan (Front) Black, Silver / 120mm Blue LED Fan x 2
Red / 120mm Red LED Fan x 2
System Fan (Top) 140mm Fan x 1
System Fan (Rear) None
I/O Ports USB3.0 x 2 / HD Audio / SD Card Reader
2.5" drive bay (Internal) 4
Maximum Video Card Size 350mm


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