Lian Li Alpha 330 trades aluminum for tempered glass

Lian Li has been famed for decades for its love for lightweight aluminum cases. The company's Alpha line of chassis veer in the opposite direction, with heaping helpings of thick, heavy tempered glass laid on top of a steel framework. Last week we reported on the company's Alpha 550, and over the weekend the company took the wraps off the more-affordable Alpha 330.

The 330 can still accept mammoth E-ATX motherboards, as many as seven fans, and the largest graphics cards around. The lower-numbered model sheds costs by eliminating the 550's built-in RGB LED controller and reducing the number of tempered glass panels from four to three. Lian Li says the case can accept a 330-mm radiator on the front panel and an even larger 420-mm unit on the top.

Whatever hardware lies inside, everyone will be able to see it through the tempered glass side and front panels. Users can mount a dual-slot graphics card vertically in order to show off their pixel-pusher of choice. The left side panel has a darker tint applied to the bit that covers the power supply shroud providing a little respite for excess cabling. The Alpha 550's tempered glass top gives way to a magnetic dust filter in this model. A second dust filter slides out of the back of the bottom of the chassis. The case comes with one 120-mm fan mounted in the rear panel.

The Alpha 330 can fit any motherboard from Mini-ITX size all the way up to the plus-size E-ATX form factor. Graphics cards as long as 15.8" (40 cm) are invited to the party, as are tower CPU coolers up to 6.7" (17 cm). Lian Li didn't say how many storage devices pack rats can shove into the Alpha 330, but the case appears to have a pair of sleds for 3.5", brackets for a pair of 2.5" drives, and two more spots for 2.5" or 3.5" devices. The case has no external drive bays.

Lian Li says the Alpha 330 and the Alpha 550 should both be available from Newegg sometime this week. The Alpha 330 will sell for $109 and the Alpha 550 for $179. Both models come in white or black finishes and are covered by a two-year warranty.

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    • R-Type
    • 2 years ago

    Like with everything Lian Li, SOS-DD. That basic case design hasn’t changed since the early 2000s. A few 2.5″ HDD holders, sure.

      • mudcore
      • 2 years ago

      Eh… this case is a pretty poor take on the current popular design trends. i.e. PSU basement, 2.5″ mounts behind mobo tray, mounts for 3x 120/140mm fan arrays, etc. Stuff that was definitely not popular in the early 2000s. That’s a bit before the Antec P180 which was one of the early “split chamber” designs and current designs are really only loosely like the P180.

      Ironically Lian-Li is one of the most adventurous case companies out there, just not with this one. This is just their “mainstream” chassis and it’d make sense it follows mainstream conventions. These cases are still designed around on a 20+ standard (ATX) that hasn’t changed much in layout over that time.

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    Throw a cute little cactus and hang some nice linen drapes in that window and my grandmother would love this case.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Can anyone spot the difference between the 330 that Lian-Li wants $109 for and the [url=https://techreport.com/news/32781/lian-li-alpha-550-melds-steel-glass-and-rgb-leds<]550 that Lian-Li wants $239 for[/url<]? They're both pretty barebones cases for the prices being charged, and from what I can tell, the 330 and 550 share the same chassis, only that the 330 has less nasty plastic - despite being significantly cheaper....

      • mudcore
      • 2 years ago

      Article touches on most of it. 550 has an RGB controller, has more glass panels, and includes 4 fans (some with lights) vs 1 fan in the 330. The chassis appears to be the same and still by my quick examination looks poorly designed. I wouldn’t want it for $109, let alone the outrageous $239 on the 550.

    • Kougar
    • 2 years ago

    What is this overnight obsession with tempered glass cases

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