Lian Li's PC-V351 HTPC chassis brings style to HTPC systems that will make even the Borg jealous. Resistance is futile.
Friday Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd revealed the PC-V351 desktop HTPC chassis, an all-aluminum frame that features dual front mounted 120 mm @ 1000 RPM fans - with special anti-vibration grommets to prevent noise - as well as an additional rear mounted 80 mm extraction fan @ 1200 RPM. The chassis stands 262mm tall, is 279 mm wide and 373mm deep, and comes in the colors black, silver and red. The company said that aluminum can remove heat four times faster than steel, making the new PC-V351's design more effective in keeping the system cool.
Apparently, the chassis is also quiet, too. "Lian Li engineers have optimized the airflow while maintaining relative silence throughout," said the company. "The removable motherboard tray allows for easy setup of the system, while the elegant minimalist design gives the aura of class and sophistication."
Lian Li said that the chassis supports 2x 5.25-inch optical drive bays with one optional 1x 3.5-inch external (using the 5.25-inch). Depending on the user's setup, the ODD is accessible from either the right or the left side panel, leaving the face of the PC-V351 "clear and nicely presentable." This design comes in handy in situations where consumers need to optimize space.
The chassis also supports two additional internal 3.5-inch bays in an anti-vibration cage for HDD's; each HDD utilizes anti-vibration grommets to prevent noise from HDD vibrations. The chassis is also designed for Micro-ATX motherboards and includes four PCI expansion slots that are well ventilated with special vented brackets. The company also said that the side panel contains multimedia I/O ports including HD+AC97 audio, 1x IEEE1394, and 2x USB2.0. The chassis is also environmentally friendly, using 100 percent recyclable parts.