The Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000 is a stunning looking case that is further enhanced by its unique and innovative design. The cooling performance of the Tyr PC-X2000 is also highly impressive, managing to move a significant amount of air all while creating very little noise. With a retail price of $590 we expected it to be nothing short of incredible, and Lian Li has delivered in that sense.
Besides the hard to swallow price tag, we found very few problems with the case. These issues may only concern some of you, and certainly none of them are show stoppers. Take the fan speed controller, which for some reason was hidden behind the front panel and under the dust filter. To save us time we had to refer to the manual to find its location.
Another problem we had with the fans was the cabling, none of them featured cable sleeves, which left them with an ordinary looking finish. Thermaltake, for example, uses black cable sleeves on the fans of their more expensive units. A small detail that we feel is not to be overlooked on a $600 case. Similarly, USB, Firewire, and audio cables from the I/O panel were beige and not black. And yes, I know we are nit picking, but at the same time you are buying the Ferrari of the case world.
Though initially we loved the case doors and how easily they could be removed using a single thumb screw, this proved to be problematic in the end. It seemed that the door was not secured enough by the single thumb screw, tending to vibrate a little bit, which was very annoying. This also proved problematic with cable management when there was more bulge than the screw could handle, this meant that the right case door would warp a bit, and without enough support there was nothing we could do to solve this.
Nevertheless, none of these issues ruined the Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000 for us. It might have diminished our excitement, but the Tyr PC-X2000 is still an impressive looking chassis that boasts of great build quality, and almost impeccable design.
What you really have to ask yourself is what would you use the Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000 for? While the manufacturer is aiming at gamers and HTPC doers, we feel there might be better options out there for gaming. Then we have the home theater personal computer, which is what we used the Tyr PC-X2000 for, though we feel not everyone will find it as ideal as we did for our HTPC purposes (think tall).
This is obviously something you will have to work out for yourself, regardless of what you end up using this case for, the impressive Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000 at $590 is a luxury item that few will ever have the pleasure of owning.