Inside the PC V1110
When you take the side panels off the V1110 is when the amazement first sets in, but even before that you have to pause and appreciate the clever system by which side panels are removed.
There’s only one screw that holds a side panel in place on the V1110 and even that is actually attached to a moveable crossbar in the main chassis. So, to remove the panel means you unscrew and then yank the crossbar, pulling out the hooks inside the case that grip the panel to the frame.
Then you give the panel as a whole a big tug upwards, affording yourself some grip thanks to the knurled edges. It’s stiff, but it will come off eventually if you waggle it a bit before hand. No giggling at the back – forced sexual innuendoes should not be applauded!
Once the side is off you’ll be able to notice a few different things. Most likely the first thing that’ll catch your attention is that the inside of the panel is lined with a thin layer of high density foam that should dampen noise and prevent rattle. We’ll be testing just how effective that is in a little bit though, so for now we’ll look at the inside of the main body instead.
It may not look like it when you first open up the V1110, but there’s actually a whole lot of space inside this case. It’s just masked a little bit by the crossbar running through the centre of the case, which is intended to support any extra-large graphics cards you might be bunging in there.
Thankfully then the case has a removable motherboard tray, which you can take out if you don’t fancy reaching around or removing that support bar itself. The far side panel is held in place using the same hook system as the near side, but the motherboard tray itself is fastened in more conventionally using a few thumbscrews.
A word of warning here though – aluminium isn’t exactly the most resilient of materials, though it is lightweight and an excellent metal for handling the heat produced by a high-power system, so don’t go leaning too much weight on the tray when you put the board on. All too often we’ve seen reckless builders put their weight behind the screwdriver, warp the tray and regret it for a long time after.
The case also uses a cool chambering system, as you’ve probably noticed. The entire motherboard section of the case is shielded from the heat of the PSU and the hard drives by a screen of aluminium with sections cut away for easy cable routing. These cable holes are even lined with plastic on the inner edges to make sure the metal doesn’t cut the wires. It’s a small, but appreciated touch.
The hard drive racks along the bottom of the case may look a little unusual if you’ve not seen a Lian Li case in a while, but if you’re a bit-tech
regular then you’ll already know how they work. The case comes with rubber grommeted screws that then slot down and lock into place under the hooks. It’s an odd system if you’ve not seen it before, but it is surprisingly effective.
Cable routing must have been a fairly big concern for Lian Li as well since the case comes with enough cable ties and wire clips to blanket the surface of the moon with. Plus, like all Lian Li cases, it also comes with a full selection of stand-offs and screws, plus a little tool to help screw everything into place. It really is the little things that make the big differences.
The rest of the case is fairly standard, though there are a few extra hidden surprises like the extra 120mm fan included in the box and the easily removed 120mm fan and air filter in front of the hard drive racks. This fan annoyingly has a long cable which cuts up straight across the inside of the case though, terminating at a chip which controls both case fans.