Lian-Li Alpha 550 melds steel, glass, and RGB LEDs

According to The Guru of 3D, the Lian-Li Alpha 550 is about to hit the market. We saw this case at Computex this year, and its model name alone might have tipped Lian Li fans off to that fact it marks a departure from the company's usual brushed aluminum styling. The Alpha 550 is an E-ATX computer case assembled from a steel frame and four tempered glass panels.

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You'd better keep your cabling clean, because the glass panels go on the front, top, and sides of the case. Besides displaying your wire spaghetti, the glass panels will also allow RGB LEDs to shine through. Lian-Li will help you along with that endeavor by including three Bora 120 RGB LED fans as well as a built-in control unit. Show-offs will appreciate the pair of vertical expansion slots intended for mounting a graphics card parallel to the motherboard with a riser cable.

As for the case's dimensions, the Alpha 550 is a large mid-tower. It stands 21.5" (55 cm) tall, is 17.7" (45 cm) deep, and 9" (23 cm) wide. It'll take in probably the biggest power supplies, graphics cards, and CPU coolers you can find, and it has a shroud to separate the power supply and drives from the hotter components. Builders can stick up to four 3.5" drives and five 2.5" drives in the case simultaneously.

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Cooling accoutrements can consist of up to three 120-mm or 140-mm fans in the front, three in the top, and a single 120-mm spinner in the rear. Alternatively, you could mount a 360-mm radiator in the front and a massive 420-mm radiator in the top. Lian-Li doesn't mention any particular accomodations for liquid-cooling, but we're sure enterprising enthusiasts can make it work in the Alpha 550.

The Guru of 3D says that Lian-Li's latest luxury will launch with both black and white finishes on November 10 for $239.

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    • Starfalcon
    • 2 years ago

    Yeah the price on this case is crazy, paying a high price for all that glass and not getting much else. I just do not get the current fashion of tons of empty wasted space inside cases, along with choking off the front airflow with little to no airflow in the front.

    Gamers nexus did a rant video about this stuff, all the companies are copying each other to make these poorly designed cases. They end up choking airflow and causing your hardware to run much much hotter than it should, and getting people to pay top dollar for these poorly laid out messes. You have all this empty space inside these cases, and it is being used for nothing…ultimate form over any function whatsoever.

    My current case, a Lian-Li PC -A76 costs less than this case, and is way better designed and laid out than this mess. I can put 2 dvd drives, 12 hard drives, and fill all my slots up with cards and still have great airflow. I just do not get what these case makers are thinking, seems like just chasing a fad, and setting case design back years. Maybe if people stop buying these overpriced piles of garbage, they will start to make proper cases once again.

    All a case is supposed to do is hold your hardware and keep it cool, this new fad is only doing one of those, along with causing damage with your hardware running way hotter than it needs to. I just do not understand this at all….

      • strangerguy
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t get these ginormous cases either. At 57 liters it’s a full 100% larger than my new $35 CM MasterBox Lite 3. While the latter albeit is only mATX it is also able to take a 240mm rad and a 345mm GPU, and only like 15% of the Lian-Li asking price.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Ew.

    I looked at the bottom picture and saw the uneven metal from the cheap stamped logo on the PSU shroud, assumed that Lian-Li weren’t selling enough of their high-end cases and wanted some of that cheap $50-100 steel+glass action.

    Then I had to look at the price at least three times before it sunk in; This is priced like a fully-featured Lian-Li trademark aluminium case, but it smells of flimsy entry-level build quality. Plastic feet, plastic surrounds for the tempered glass top and front? Then there’s the list of obvious issues mudcore pointed out below…..

      • Waco
      • 2 years ago

      My reaction was the same. Lian-Li used to be an easy go-to for quality, today not so much.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    That’s not the Lian-Li I’m familiar with….

      • MOSFET
      • 2 years ago

      This, the Raijinteks from yesterday, and the Corsair Crystals – I don’t dig the exposed front fan look. Maybe it will grow on me with time. I’m not expecting it.

        • juzz86
        • 2 years ago

        And to get them to look that way, you have to ram them hard-up against the glass/plexi and choke them at the same time.

        I’m all for a showy chassis, but not at the expense of temperature and airflow.

    • mudcore
    • 2 years ago

    Oh boy you can spot numerous issues just looking at these pictures.

    Copied NZXT-style cable cover but appears to have an even narrower gap than NZXT’s design which is notrious for making it hard to route the 24-pin and other power cables.

    Top portion above motherboard has a single small cutout for the CPU power but on E-ATX and HEDT motherboards in general put the connector in all kinds of crazy spots. Case companies just need to make real big holes and use grommets for these things and stop with the tiny and poorly placed ones.

    Below motherboard area even worse. Case headers? USB connectors? Where do they expect you to run those?

    The front panel gap for the fans looks very narrow too. Likely loud and lacking for airflow.

    $239 for this is a disaster. Lian-Li makes some beautiful cases but they’re terrible about covering the basics that many cheaper cases cover competently.

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