Lian Li's New No-Compromises Case Will Cost You $500

Odyssey X
(Image credit: Lian L)

Lian Li has unveiled its latest version of a no-compromises PC case, the Odyssey X, which was designed in collaboration with popular overclocker Der8auer. This chassis can accommodate almost anything, with up to nine fan mounts and three configurations. But you'll have to pay the hefty price of $500 to obtain the Odyssey X.

The chassis is classified as a full-tower case, with support for up to EEB and E-ATX motherboard options, and comes in two colors: black or silver. The biggest selling point of this chassis its monstrous capacity to house large liquid-cooled components within its cavernous chamber.

Another feature is its triple configuration options, which lets you orient the case in three distinct ways depending on the build you're trying to set up.

Dynamic mode is the case's default configuration and looks identical to your standard ATX tower. The motherboard sits to the middle rear of the case, with fan housings to the top and front.

Dynamic-R mode is a complete180-degree spin from Dynamic mode, traditionally called an inverted mode. This config moves the motherboard to the top of the chassis, with the rear I/O sticking upward. Fan mounts are placed to the bottom and front of the case.

Finally, there's a Performance mode that turns the case completely on its back end, giving the case a more vertical appearance. We're not sure why this mode is called 'Performance', but the vertical layout allows the case fans to be much closer to your system components and graphics card, which should allow for better cooling potential.

You have a maximum of nine fan mounts that can be housed within the Odyssey X. All nine mounts are only accessible in Dynamic Mode, with Dynamic-R and Performance modes limiting you to 'just' seven  120mm fans. You can also house 140mm fans in any configuration, but expect fewer fan mounts if you go this route. (You'd think Performance mode would give you the most amount of fan options)

Of course, those fan mounts can also handle radiators as large as 480mm, depending on the configuration.

Besides the case's cooling potential, it also has a decent amount of storage options, with three 3.5-inch HDD trays or three 2.5-inch slots for hard drives or SSDs. The drive trays can handle either drive size.

Cable management to the rear of the case should be very easy to maintain, as there are three large rubberized grommets, allowing cables to pass thru the rear with plenty of cables tie-down points across the whole back part of the case. This is where you'll also find three hard drive slots as well.

Aesthetically the case is quite striking, with the angled double tempered glass side panel doors, plus a fully ventilated front panel. The use of high-end brushed metal and tempered glass gives the case a very premium look.

Currently, lists the Odyssey X's for $499.99 on pre-order, with availability in late July.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • jakjawagon
    This chassis can accommodate almost anything

    Except an optical drive. There's still no better way to buy a film and actually own it than on a disc.
  • jakjawagon said:
    Except an optical drive. There's still no better way to buy a film and actually own it than on a disc.
    Use an external USB drive. That said I am never paying that much for a case I don’t care how nice it is
  • slurmsmckenzie
    Using an external USB optical drive is an option, but from my perspective that is a compromise in an already expensive and supposedly "no-compromises" case. I already have a decent internal BR writer, sourcing an equivalent USB 3.0 or better drive is expensive (from what I recall).

    It is a shame that ODDs seem to be either completely ignored or hidden away in the higher-end cases. I really like my R6 but I'd be happier for it to have a mesh-front and an ODD that isn't hidden behind a solid door (or to have that option at least). I know that the Define series is about being silent, but I don't see that Fractal - or indeed anyone else - offer a case that is the size of the R6 with a mesh front and an ODD. If there is such a case then it probably has room for 0.75 HDDs or something. I know not everyone wants to have space for 3.5" HDDs, but some do.