A lot of shiny cases come out of Lian Li, best known for their use of aluminum with an element of style.  Chassis like the mini-ITX based TU-200 with a carry handle, the PC-90 and the curved PC-Q30 have come through AnandTech.  Today Lian Li is releasing their next micro-ATX chassis, the PC-V358. 

If I remember correctly, this was one of the chassis that Lian Li had on display at Computex, but where still in the planning stages of design.  The PC-V358, available in black and silver, is designed around easy access, such that the case lid can rotate away from the components, the CPU cooler fans can be rotated away to work on the motherboard and so on.

The case/cube (324 mm x 286 mm x 390 mm) will support power supplies up to 200mm, CPU coolers up to 130mm in height and PCIe devices such as GPUs up to 330mm in length.  Due to the hinge mechanisms, Lian Li is aiming the case at users who want to use integrated liquid cooling, as shown by the press release images.

The PC-V358 will support six 3.5” HDDs and an additional two 2.5” SSDs, with four expansion slots for GPUs.  The system uses two 120mm fans included, as well as another included 120mm fan at the rear.  IO on the case is solely for audio and two USB 3.0 ports.

The system attempts to emulate many of the new chassis that have recently come onto the market by creating ‘zones’ of hardware – we have seen cases like the Carbine Air 540 split the system into regions with the CPU/GPUs on one side and the PSU/HDDs and other hardware away from the heat generating parts of the system.  The PC-V358 does this, albeit in a top/bottom paradigm.

The PC-V358 should be available by the end of the year in North America with a MSRP of $179.

 

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  • ingwe - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    This looks pretty good. If I was looking for an mATX build, I would consider this pretty strongly. Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    Why are there so many fans in front of, next to, and behind the hard drive/PSU section (bottom half?)

    Seems like fans should either just blow in to create positive pressure (making the rear bottom fan pointless) or fans should be focused at the top or upper rear. The whole cooling design seems bass ackwards.
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  • Phuncz - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    Too bad the GPU power connectors were again an afterthought, this isn't their first V35x case that has almost no space for the PCIe power connectors. This also excludes any card that goes outside of the PCIe specifications.

    I also don't get the slimline optical drive, a computer these days doesn't really need an (internal) ODD, but now you have an ugly design in the front where 4x 120mm fans could have been installed instead of two.
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  • digitalsolo - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    HTPCs still have a lot of reason for an ODD, and that is certainly one of the market aims for something like this. I have a Blu Ray burner in my HTPC (XBMC) system for playing/ripping. Reply
  • zlandar - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    I used to think that but you can buy an external BD drive for $50.

    I rip all of my DVDs/Blu-Ray to my hard drive storage. So much more convenient using XBMC or Plex.
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  • lwatcdr - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    You can but it would not look "good" in an entertainment center. Also for an HTPC I would skip any spinning storage and use a NAS for my movies.
    Now this would make a really good NAS box.
    Reply
  • Elysiumcore - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    Cool looking case, Saw a preview video a while ago which mentioned the issue of no bottom air intake hole for PSU, yet Lian-li still did not fix this issue. :( Reply
  • gradoman - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    You could turn your PSU so the fan side faces up. Reply
  • cbelle - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    The case is too big especially considering it is for mATX and the side I/O makes it even needing a bigger lateral footprint.

    I am generally a fan of Lian-Li but I think this
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  • cbelle - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - link

    The case is too big especially considering it is for mATX and the side I/O makes it even needing a bigger lateral footprint.

    I am generally a fan of Lian-Li but I think this misses the mark.
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