Lian Li TYR PC-X500 Chassis

Internal Impressions - A Closer Look

Internal Impressions - A Closer Look
Motherboard Compartment
One thing I would have liked to have seen with this chassis is a removable motherboard tray. When I reviewed the X2000 a couple of weeks ago, I was impressed with this feature. So I was surprised to not see it feature on the X500. Having said that, the chassis is roomy enough to enable good working access though. There are pre cut holes with which to route the cables from the top compartment and there is also space behind the motherboard tray to hide any slack cables.
X500 Motherboard Compartment X500 Motherboard Fitted
The chassis comes complete with  six PCI slots with vented PCI slot covers, which are anodised black and look great. Lian Li have also included black thumbscrews with which to fasten them. For those who would consider using watercooling with this chassis, Lian Li have provided four  pass-through holes for tubing with rubber grommets, if you wanted to externally house your radiator. 
X500 PCI Slots X500 Tube holes
The Top Compartment
The top compartment is quite busy in the fact that it houses the optical drives, HDD's, and PSU. We shall see how well this arrangement works when we build the test rig. 
X500 Top Compartment X500 Top compartment with components fitted 
Hard Drives Caddies
Fitting the hard drives means removing either of the two available caddies and fitting the drive to the caddy. All that is then required is to slot the caddy in place, and to secure with the fixed thumbscrew. The caddies have rubber washers on the screw points, which will aid in keeping vibration down to a minimum. There are thumbscrews provided to fix the hard drives to the caddies.
X500 Removable HDD Caddy X500 HDD Caddy with rubber spacers
X500 HD fitted to cage X500 HD & Cage fitted to Chassis
Optical Drive Bays
Fitting the optical drives is a straight forward job. Firstly, you have to decide on which side of the chassis you are going to mount the drives. As previously mentioned, you can mount either side and this comes in handy if you are going to be placing the chassis next to something when it's in use. Next, you have to remove the blanking plates, by removing a few screws. You then fit the supplied CD/DVD screws to the drive sides, which will allow you to simply slot the drive in place. Lian Li have drawn some criticism for only supplying two 5.25" bays, both on the X500 and the X2000. Whether or not this will be enough for your own needs is a question you would need to ask before you considered purchasing this chassis. We would also have liked to have seen the stealth drive bezels which Lian Li supply as extras to be included with the chassis, considering the price point the chassis is at.
X500 Optical Drive Bays X500 Optical Drive Bays with cover removed
X500 Screws fitted to DVD-RW X500 Optical Drive fitted in Chassis
Power Supply Unit
The PSU sits on a vented bottom within the chassis, and Lian Li have placed two rubber strips for the PSU to sit which aims to prevent vibration and noise. With the PSU fitted, it can feel quite cramped, and someone with large hands, like myself, would find it awkward to work on the PSU cables when the PSU is fixed in place.. Fixing the PSU in place is attained via a plate on the rear of the chassis, which is fixed onto the chassis with four thumbscrews. The PSU is then fixed to this plate, using a further four screws.
X500 PSU Bracket X500 PSU Floor
X500 PSU Fitted Rear View X500 PSU Fitted Side View
That's the interior covered, so now let's discuss how assembling the PC inside the X500 was, on the next page.
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Most Recent Comments

14-10-2008, 05:01:53

We have reviewed the Lian Li TYR PC-X500, the X2000's little brother. Does it offer the same sublime styling and features?

Read the review to find outQuote

14-10-2008, 05:11:53

That case looks simply gorgeous. Call me old fashioned though, but I'd rather have the DVD drives coming out the front.

Great review fella Quote

14-10-2008, 05:22:38

Thanks mate, it does take some getting used to having to go round the side for the DVD's, keep going for the front without thinkingQuote

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