Lian Li TYR PC-X2000 Chassis


Introduction Lian Li PC-X2000

The brand 'Lian Li' has become synonymous with excellent build quality and sleek, clean styles. Their chassis have become favourites with PC modders because of this. Some chassis manufacturers' go for the bling factor when they design their cases, forgetting that sometimes 'less is more' when it comes to style. Lian Li chassis' usually have the right mix of features, without being in your face with it. We shall see if the same holds true with their latest offering, the TYR PC-X2000, which our friends over at A One Distribution have kindly provided us with for this review. The X2000 is being touted by Lian Li as a gaming/HTPC chassis, and the specifications from their website are as follows:
  • Model: TYR PC-X2000
  • Case Type: Super Full Tower Chassis
  • Dimensions: 230 x 430 x 680mm ( W, D, H)
  • Front bezel Material: Aluminum
  • Colour: Black
  • Side Panel: Aluminum
  • Body Material: Aluminum
  • 5.25" drive bay: (External) 2
  • 3.5" drive bay: (External) 1
  • 3.5" drive bay: (Internal) 6 ( SATA Hot Swappable)
  • Expansion Slots: 8
  • Motherboard: EATX, CEB, ATX, M-ATX
  • System Fan: (Front) 3 x 140mm Ball Bearing Fan ( 800-980-1200RPM, factory set to mid speed)
  • System Fan: (Rear)1 x 140mm Ball Bearing Fan( 800-980-1200RPM, factory set to mid speed), 2 x 80mm Ball Bearing Fan ( 1500 RPM)
  • I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394 x 1, E-SATA x 1, HD+AC97 Audio
Here's a video showcasing the new case from the Lian Li website:
The PC-X2000 incorporates some innovative design features, but we will discuss them further later on. First, let's move onto the packaging and contents.
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Most Recent Comments

23-09-2008, 07:40:21

With sublime styling and some welcome features, the X2000 is the latest offering from Lian Li. Is it up to their usual standards?

Find out in our in-depth review.Quote

23-09-2008, 07:54:51

That just wreaks class tbh.

I think the minor niggles are perhaps something that can be overcome - but I do hear that for £305 u really shouldn`t have to, or there should be options included in the kit to assist u.

Ur damn lucky to get ur mits on that, it looks a pleasure to build in and work in.

The only thing I really don`t like are/is the i/o on/off section. The rest of the case features can be forgiven with the style and such, placing the things on the top is perhaps weird. However, I don`t think it`s designed to go under a desk, more to stand on it`s own in a room as a feature. A piece of furniture to comment upon. I`d imagine with it stood on the floor, the buttons/ports are very accessible.

Very nice review, I`d get them, not for the price they are atm tho.Quote

23-09-2008, 08:06:31

Looks brilliant, oozes style and great review. However, I have concerns about the lack of 5.25 bays. I personally have a dvd burner, blu-ray burner, fan controller (I know this isn't such an issue with this case), floppy disc drive, pico itx pc and a draw full of screws and bits.

Even if I got rid of the bay full of stuff and the fan controller, I'm still one bay over the limit. If I was going to spend £305 on a case, I would expect enough room to stick in more optical drives. What if you were to buy a 5.25 res?

Other than that though it looks great, but I can't help feeling that its targeted markets such as HTCP (too big) or performance (not enough expansion) have been missed.Quote

23-09-2008, 10:15:09

Do u think that if u can lash out £300+ on a case, u`d be able to buy a BR/DVD/RW single unit ?Quote

23-09-2008, 10:27:53

Granted you could (I have), but what if you like to be able to do direct read/writes from one disc to another.

My only point is that if I spent £300+ on a case, I'd want it as close to perfect as possible and having to make do with only 2 5.25" bays and a 3.5" isn't my cuppa. Perhaps they could have got rid of the 3.5 external for a third 5.25" (I seem to be the only person who still needs an fdd)Quote

24-09-2008, 04:35:45

Morning guys, I love the look of this case but theres just too many things wrong with it.

A: They should have used black pcb boards for the sata section

B: Used black internal cables for the usb etc

C: Fan controller is in a completely ridiculous place, do something mad, touch screen it and make it flat with the case.

D: The price!!!!!!! DAMN!!! could go on holiday for that.

Nice case, not enough features for what they are asking rrp.

And im with you on that drive bay res, what if you do buy one (which most people do) then your screwed for placement of another bay. ( I only have 1 dvd drive and a fan controller and the fan controller is only there as I lost a bezel, ROFL)

But I do like the case, espcially the way they have coloured the inside which is one thing I think all companys should do. Quote

24-09-2008, 05:04:30

I wish I had hot swap bays, they do look like a great idea, only thing is you need to take the side panel off, it would have been better to stick holes in the side so you could connect or reconnect. Agree on the black PCB...that would look great.Quote

24-09-2008, 05:23:57

Nice review.

Typo on last paragraph on last page: Lain Li Quote

24-09-2008, 05:24:18

gorgeous looking case

amazingly designed

reeks quality as the rest of ya have said

very good review, very thorough

shame bout the price Quote

24-09-2008, 05:27:49

Originally Posted by name='BloomerzUK'
Nice review.

Typo on last paragraph on last page: Lain Li
Maybe we'll start seeing Lain Li cases, from the guys that brought you Ronex watchesQuote

24-09-2008, 06:54:03

Corrected the typo, thanks

When I reviewed the case, I was concerned about the lack of drive bays, but unless Lian Li (got it right this time) had made the case taller or wider then they would be struggling to get any in. I think Lian Li have used every bit of available space they could in the design. Also as this is partly being touted as a HTPC, there isn't really a great call for massive amounts of 5.25" drive bays. I have the Antec Fusion HTPC case and that has just one 5.25" drive bay and it works brilliantly. I do agree that Lian Li could have done some things differently and the scores given do reflect this.

I have been using the rig built up since Saturday now, and I am still loving using the case, flaws and all. I tried the rig in my lounge last night and it looks superb stood next to my LCD TV. I had a spare TV card and got it running under Vista Media Centre. As my LCD is black with a small silver bezel, the case tied in and looked really cool. Even the missus agreed, which is no small featQuote

24-09-2008, 07:17:39

Originally Posted by name='stuartpb'
I tried the rig in my lounge last night and it looks superb stood next to my LCD TV.
That`s the purpose I think judging by the design. Not necessarily a work-horse pc or anything. Sure u could serve off it, arrange masses of storage. Then network off of it all over ur complex.Quote

24-09-2008, 07:42:29

Is it big enough for an Eatx board? If it is, then it would be pretty good for a server. But as a HTCP case, looking around, although it isn't small form factor, it seems to be the price a lot of other high end HTCP cases go for. If you could stealth it a bit (Maybe hide it behind a big speaker etc.) it would very good.Quote

24-09-2008, 07:59:10

Sure I`ve seen a pic on the LL site, on actually on that embedded video, with an eatx in it.Quote

24-09-2008, 08:03:47

On that basis, it would be a good choice for a water cooled server, quiet, not too big (compared with rack mount or blade) and really good quality. Plus the minor niggles wouldn't affect it.Quote

24-09-2008, 08:09:14

Originally Posted by name='Diablo'
Is it big enough for an Eatx board? If it is, then it would be pretty good for a server. But as a HTCP case, looking around, although it isn't small form factor, it seems to be the price a lot of other high end HTCP cases go for. If you could stealth it a bit (Maybe hide it behind a big speaker etc.) it would very good.
Why would you want to stealth it? Part of the appeal is in it's styling. If you have a big enough LCD screen and matching AV equipment, then it looks the mutts nutts Quote

24-09-2008, 08:11:45

Sorry, I was thinking in terms of my setup, with all of the AV boxes in a neat pile on shelves, which wouldn't really fit this box. Then again that room has the last of the CRTs in the house, so with a huge TV it could look really stylish.Quote

25-09-2008, 10:37:52

Mr. Smith
Gorgeous case, I'd rather have the X500, that is more my size... Nice review.Quote

17-10-2008, 06:59:23


That thing is HUGE.

As they have made all these different compartments, there's no where to hide most of the mobo's cabling!

Bad design, they should have though it though.Quote

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