Lian-Li makes some attractive, understated cases. The company's PC-X510 is built with that trademark svelte look, but at over two feet tall, it's bound to be noticed. Scroll on by for an idea of its height:
Measuring 24.4" x 9.4" x 17.2" (620 x 240 x 436 mm, HWD) and weighing in at 17.2 pounds (7.8 kg), the PC-X510 is pretty big for what Lian-Li calls a "mid-tower" design. The case is handsome, though, with a seamless front panel and an all-aluminum body. The window is made from tempered glass, and should give a fairly unobstructed view of the main system components. The requisite USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks reside up top.
Internally, the PC-X510 is divided into two cooling zones. In the main chamber, three 120-mm intake fans come mounted to a handy slide-out tray, while another 120-mm exhaust fan moves waste heat out of the case. A bottom-mounted power supply shares the main chamber with the rest of the system. Two 2.5" or 3.5" drives can be mounted on a shroud over the PSU, and two more drives can be mounted to a drive sled behind the motherboard.
The X510's extra height is explained by the upper chamber, which contains two drive trays that stack like pancakes. Up to four 2.5" or 3.5" drives can fit in this dedicated chamber, making for a total of eight drive mounts in the PC-X510. If you can get by with two drives in the upper bay, a 120mm or 240mm radiator can be mounted at the top, too. A dedicated exhaust fan in the upper chamber keeps those storage devices cool.
The understated-yet-monolithic PC-X510 won't be cheap: all that aluminum and tempered glass will set you back $399. Lian-Li says the case should be available in North America in "early September." Since today is already September 16, we would expect it to show up in stores soon.
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