After reviewing dozens of cases over the years, spanning all sizes and budgets, we probably would have seen it all, but Lian Li surprised us at offering what is possibly the largest desktop case available today – not an easy task for titans like the Cubitek HPTX-ICE and Lian Li's own PC-V2120 on the market.
Lian Li’s latest case, known as the D8000, is also based on the HPTX form factor developed by EVGA in 2010 as the demand for boards even larger than EATX or EEATX continues to grow – advanced versions of the ATX standards, the maximum is seven expansion slots and dimensions of 305 x 244 mm (12 x 9.6 ").
The HPTX motherboard & # 39; Super Record 2 & # 39; from EVGA measures 345 x 381 mm (13.6 x 15 ") and can accommodate two dual QPI LGA1366 socket CPUs (e.g. Intel Xeon), seven PCIe slots and a dozen DDR3 DIMM slots. HPTX enclosures are obviously very large and typically support at least 10 expansion slots.
For reference, a standard ATX center tower that supports seven expansion slots generally has a capacity of 60L, while the Cubitek HPTX-ICE and Lian Li PC-V2120 offer capacities of 79L and 88L, suggesting that we should expect about a 33% increase in space when jumping from a typical mid-size ATX case to an HPTX case.
With a capacity of 145 l, the D8000 shakes this paradigm and offers 140% more space than a standard ATX case. This makes sense because the D8000 is essentially made up of two full tower cases melted together, as you will likely find in our review pictures (this shot is a good example of the enormous size of the D8000).
As someone with 33TB of storage space, the D8000 ($ 330) is particularly relevant to people with an extensive range of hard drives and has enough space for 20 3.5-inch devices (80TB with 4TB drives), which is unique to our knowledge. Even Cooler Master's Cosmos II supports "only" 13 drives, while most full towers are limited to 10.
Lian Li D8000 External Design
While the design can be seen as boring, we tend to fall for a classic minimalist aesthetic, and the D8000's clean lines are no exception. As mentioned earlier, the D8000 has an internal capacity of 145L, is 628mm high, 572mm long and 405mm wide and weighs 14kg when empty, which is surprisingly light in terms of its dimensions.
Up front is a sleek brushed black aluminum bezel with six 5.25-inch drive bays, one of which doubles as the front I / O control panel. It can be removed without tools and provides access to the 20 drive bays of the D8000. The I / O control panel takes up a 5.25-inch bay – although it can be moved if necessary – and not particularly impressive with four USB 3.0 ports and power and reset buttons.
The 5.25-inch drive bay covers look great and click into place firmly despite being tool-less. This makes it difficult to accidentally pull them in or out.
Both side doors are removable and have ventilation next to the hard drive bays to allow air to flow over the 20 drive bays. The huge panels made of brushed aluminum are attached with three knurled screws and snap into place very well. The only problem we had here was that due to their massive size it was quite difficult to get them into position properly and this was much easier with an extra set of hands.
The top of the D8000 is pretty bland again, although you'll notice a pair of rectangular panels that are secured with four hex head screws. These panels can be removed and replaced with either the D8000-1 (120 mm double fan panel) or the D8000-2 (140 mm double fan panel). This is an attractive upgrade option for those looking to install dual fan heaters for liquid cooling. The panels aren't cheap at around $ 30 each!
At the base of the D8000 there are two 140 mm fan grilles with removable dust filters to keep your power supply – or the supply – dust-free. There are also four steering wheels that can be locked individually, making the transport a little less breaking backwards.
If you turn the D8000 around, you can see even better how much gear it can hold. There are 11 expansion slots, three 140 mm fan grilles and a 120 mm fan grille with two liquid-cooling rubber grommets. Unfortunately, the back of the case isn't painted, although the shiny silver aluminum looks kind of nice.