mATX systems these days are becoming just as full-featured as their full-sized ATX kin, so naturally PC builders are taking advantage of the smaller PCB footprint afforded by the smaller motherboards. Interestingly, PC chassis builders seem to be a little slower in adopting the trend towards smaller systems.
Lian Li, however, has joined the flow towards miniaturization with its new PC-V360 mATX chassis.
The PC-V360 measures 7″ x 15.2″ x 18.8″ (180mm x 388mm x 480mm), so it’s definitely a small and slim chassis. Its dimensions and strict mATX compatibility (it’s impossible to shoehorn motherboards bigger than mATX), though, aren’t what make this a special case. Rather, it is a unique hinged bracket that hangs above the CPU socket area of all mATX motherboards.
This hinged bracket is the PC-V360’s signature feature. It is what Lian Li calls its “Side Mounted 240mm Radiator Support.” As its name suggests, this bracket is where an end-user can mount a radiator that can support up to two 120mm fans. The hinged bracket swings out to facilitate easy radiator installation; it is secured to the chassis by thumbscrews, so it is a tool-less installation. Furthermore, the bracket can be completely removed if the end-user desires.
Like all Lian Li PC chassis, the PC-V360 features a beautiful brushed aluminum finish. Its styling is classical and businesslike, so it would look at home in any office or at home. The interior space can accommodate graphics cards up to 12.2″ (310mm) as well as power supply units up to 11.0″ (280mm) long. Finally, it has two removable hard drive cages that can hold up to five 3.5″ HDDs and three 2.5″ drives in total.
Lian Li says that the PC-V360 is a simple chassis to work with given its various tool-less installation mechanisms. Already mentioned is the side-mounted radiator bracket; fitting this description as well are the hard drive cages and the side panels. Additionally, hard drive installation onto the hard drive cages is tool-less as well with a rubber suspension method.
As for the PC-V360’s other features, it comes with a front-mounted 140mm fan for air intake and a 120mm fan on the roof for exhaust duties. It has four PCI expansion slots and two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio ports up front (on the case’s front right edge).
The PC-V360 will come in two color options, silver (PC-V360A) and black (PC-V360B). Lian Li has assigned it an MSRP of US $140 and says it will be available on September 15, 2013 from US retailer Microcenter at first, then from other vendors thereafter.