Lian Li Lancool 215 Specs
















Mannequin

LANCOOL 215

Dimensions

(D) 462mm x (W) 215mm x (H) 482mm

Motherboard

E-ATX(width: beneath 280mm)/ATX/M-ATX/ITX

PSU

210mm

Colour

black

Supplies

0.75mm SGCC (MB tray, and a lot of the inside)

4.0mm tempered glass (each side)

Incl Followers

2 x 200MM 3-PIN 800 RPM ARGB followers (entrance)

1 X 120MM 3-PIN 1100 RPM Followers (rear)

Fan Assist

Entrance: 2 x 140mm or Three x 120mm

Prime: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm

Prime of PSU chamber: 2 x 120mm

Radiator

Entrance: 1 x 280/360mm [“with max 70MM thick”]

Prime: 1 x 240 / 280 mm [“with max 55MM thick”]

VGA Size

370mm

CPU Clearance

166mm

Drive

Behind MB Tray: 2 x 2.5″ SSD

Laborious Drive Cage: 2 x 3.5″ HDD or 1 x 2.5″ SSD

Slot

7

I/O Ports

Energy button

Reset button

LED button for lighting mode management

1 x HD AUDIO

2 x USB 3.0

Mud Filters

1 x Prime (magnetic), 1 x Backside (tray)

*Specs desk copied immediately from product web page, please learn evaluate for our personal measurements and opinions

The Construct

The entrance panel in our pattern is a kind of old-school designs that’s extraordinarily tough take away, however Lian Li has assured us that the manufacturing model might be revised to deal with this, which we’re completely happy to listen to. We took a Dremel software to our Noctis 450 for a similar purpose a pair years in the past, and we’re not afraid to do it once more. The supposed level at which to seize the panel is a deal with on the backside, which is regularly an issue in price range cases–manufacturers will put a filter on the entrance of the case, then depart a wide-open unfiltered cutout as a deal with on the backside. That’s not an issue right here, each as a result of the underside of the panel is pretty properly sealed and since the 200mm consumption followers are mounted out on the entrance of the chassis, near the mesh. The truth that there’s no separate filter behind the entrance panel’s mesh floor signifies that the entrance panel will not often must be eliminated for cleansing.

It is going to not often must be eliminated in any respect, in reality, because the 200mm consumption followers can’t be moved to another location within the case, and it’s unlikely anybody would wish to purchase a Lancool 215 after which do away with the 200mm followers that outline it. These followers not directly restrict the radiator compatibility of the case: radiators ought to be used with comparatively excessive static stress followers that appropriately match their measurement. 200mm radiators are uncommon, and even those that do exist wouldn’t match on this case. Don’t use these followers to chill a 120mm or 140mm broad radiator. Lian Li’s product web page reveals an alternative choice, a 360mm radiator sandwiched between the 2 200mm followers and three 120mm followers in a push/pull configuration, however the 200mm followers are redundant and add nothing however noise on this arrangement–we don’t advocate it, nor will we advocate the tubes-up radiator orientation they used for that image. That leaves the highest of the case, which has house for 2 140mm followers aspect by aspect or two 120mm followers, for a max of 280mm radiators supported. The rear exhaust slot solely helps 120mm followers as a result of slim footprint of the case, however the rear fan will be adjusted up or down by 3cm. The highest of the case is 6cm above the highest fringe of the motherboard, which is the efficient restrict for mixed radiator and fan thickness–Lian Li’s spec sheet claims a conservative 55mm. 120mm-wide radiators doubtlessly have a bit of extra wiggle room since they are often offset away from the board.

Additionally depicted in that promoting picture is a vertical GPU mount. There is no such thing as a vertical mount included within the case, however like Phanteks, Lian Li sells an add-on package that replaces the horizontal mounts. We’re not particularly keen on vertically mounting air cooled GPUs, however we’ve discovered this type of add-on mount to be as efficient as doable because it retains the GPU cooler intakes away from the aspect panel, and our current assessments with the 3080 FE and 2080 Ti Strix vertically mounted within the P400A verify that. We’d advocate in opposition to utilizing shroud-top followers with a vertically mounted, air-cooled GPU the way in which they’re within the image, although, since they’ve restricted entry to chill air and can do little to assist, and a few designs will simply see scorching exhaust pushed again into the GPU cooler.

We’ll cowl the efficacy of the consumption followers within the thermal part in a while, however the measurement of the followers is ornamental. They could be 200mm in diameter, however they’re mounted on the entrance of a chassis that was constructed for 120/140mm followers, in order that simply a 3rd of every fan’s floor is blocked by metal. They nonetheless work simply advantageous, however make no mistake–the purpose these are 200mm followers slightly than 140mm (like those within the Lancool II Mesh) is aesthetic, not practical, whereas 140mm followers would keep higher stress. In distinction, the rear of the case is unusually well-ventilated, with holes punched from the highest fringe of the case proper all the way down to the floor of the PSU shroud. Hopefully this can permit a direct front-to-back airflow sample with out scorching air pooling across the CPU cooler, however once more, we’ll check that within the thermal part.

Apart from the LED and reset buttons, there’s an illuminated energy button, two USB 3.Zero ports, and a mixed mic/headphone jack. It’s completely minimal, however this can be a price range case.

The 2 aspect panels share the identical attachment methodology, with two captive thumbscrews on the again and two stamped-out metal lugs on the entrance that slide into the chassis. It’s a easy system, and it really works properly. The metal aspect panel is strengthened with thick rolled-over edges, and the glass aspect panel is bordered with a foam strip on the highest edge to cushion it and a metal strip on the backside to guard the sting from chipping. There are solely two minor issues we will see: customers ought to keep away from bowing out the metal aspect panel because it solely attaches to the case on the entrance and rear edges, and the glass panel has no deal with. We’d prefer to see a deal with alongside the rear edge (just like the one on the metal panel) to make it simpler to tug out.

The screws on the 200mm followers weren’t notably tight, however the comparatively fragile corners of the followers had nearly all buckled, which appears extra the fault of the fan’s design than whoever assembled the case. The followers nonetheless labored usually, however customers ought to be further cautious when eradicating or changing them. Lian Li has advised us that the fan hub stickers on the ultimate manufacturing circumstances might be smaller, however that is the one design change to the followers that we’ve been made conscious of, so the followers in our evaluate pattern ought to be mechanically an identical to the ultimate variations.

The onerous drive bay is attention-grabbing, and close to the restrict of the least doable materials used for its development. It will probably nonetheless maintain two 3.5” drives, as is customary for mid towers lately, nevertheless it’s only a single bay that slots into the underside of the case. One drive will be mounted inside, and yet one more on high. Putting in drives requires screws (no fancy toolless sleds right here) however slotting the bay itself into place beneath the shroud is toolless, which is an effective factor, because the full-length backside filter prevents quick access to the underside of the case. The bay will be mounted in two positions, forwards or backwards to provide extra room to both the facility provide or the entrance followers.

The underside filter is unusually giant for a case that has a PSU shroud, masking all the flooring of the case at roughly 40cm x 16cm. For probably the most half that’s a optimistic, however there are two issues with it that different circumstances have already solved: first, it’s a rear-eject filter, so taking it out for cleansing would require pulling the case out no less than 40cm away from no matter is behind it. Secondly, the rails for the filter are cumbersome and prolong the total size of the case. They work properly for his or her supposed function, however in addition they type a skirt across the edges of the case that restricts airflow. The case legs are already stumpy at slightly below 2cm, and the plastic rails lower that house in half, so there’s a less-than-1cm hole for air on the backside edges of the case. There’s a purpose this issues: the PSU shroud is totally ventilated and has two 120mm fan mounts on high (one among which is unusable due to the facility provide, however nonetheless), the case flooring is totally ventilated, and even the HDD bay has perforations in its floor. The intent right here was clearly to permit backside consumption, however the execution leaves one thing to be desired. For any customers who wish to strive putting in followers on the floor of the PSU shroud, we’d advocate discovering a method to enhance the case legs. Lian Li’s personal Lancool II Mesh takes the same strategy with fan mounts on high of the shroud, nevertheless it has each extra room for airflow beneath the case and loads of air flow alongside one aspect of the shroud.

Clearance beneath the facility provide shroud is insufficient. We use a run-of-the-mill 8.5cm tall ATX energy provide for case evaluations, and on this case the floor of the facility provide was practically flush with the shroud. That’s not robotically an issue, however the case is slim sufficient that there are cable cutouts which overlap with the PSU, and so they’re nearly fully unusable. Becoming a fan cable by, for instance, would require pulling the connector by BEFORE the facility provide was installed–the clearance is that tight. The Lancool 215 does have a bonus over the P400A in that it may possibly match giant energy provides, just like the 22cm-long EVGA 1600 T2s that we regularly use for testing, however the longer the facility provide, the less cable cutouts might be usable.

As regards to becoming giant elements, the 215 can technically match as much as SSI-EEB motherboards by advantage of getting a flat motherboard tray and inventory consumption followers which are put in on the skin of the chassis slightly than the within. We wouldn’t advocate putting in any board bigger than SSI-CEB (12” x 10.5”), since boards wider than 10.5” will cowl the cable cutouts on the entrance of the case and there are few different choices for routing cables. Lian Li helpfully lists help for EATX boards “with a most width of 280MM,” which is precisely the best width to cowl up all of the cable cutouts with out equivalent to any actual type issue. With a standard ATX board put in, we discovered the cutouts on each the entrance and high edges of the board to be generously sized.

Cable administration room behind the motherboard tray tops out at about 2.4cm, however Lian Li has performed a very good job of guaranteeing that cables from the entrance I/O line up with the included velcro straps. They aren’t bolted into the case, however there are side-by-side loops for the straps constructed into the case alongside the entrance and high edges that make tying down cables very simple. Given the restricted house behind the motherboard tray, there’ll inevitably be some litter beneath the PSU shroud, however the compact design of the HDD bay signifies that it doesn’t must be fully eliminated to make room for cables.

Provided that Lian Li is working with one other firm to fabricate this case, an attention-grabbing level is that they’ve nonetheless made an effort to make this case slot in with the remainder of the Lancool line slightly than shopping for a generic ready-made case off the shelf. The form of the entrance panel, the shroud-top fan mounts, and the lighting within the entrance panel appear more likely to be parts that Lian Li has designed particularly for this case as a part of the Lancool household.

The fan and LED association is fundamental and due to this fact principally un-annoying. The entrance RGB followers have separate headers for LED and fan management, a optimistic change that Lian Li has made of their more moderen circumstances. The built-in fan hub has six three-pin fan headers (all the inventory followers are 3-pin) and no pace control–but because the followers will be related on to the motherboard, that’s advantageous. The inventory 200mm entrance followers are pretty quiet, so operating them at 100% always through the fan hub isn’t out of the query. There are additionally 4 ARGB headers on the hub (three of that are populated out of the field), which will be cycled by a collection of built-in lighting profiles or managed through a motherboard header. The entrance I/O has a separate LED management button slightly than simply repurposing the reset button, a pleasant contact for such a cheap case. The 2 entrance followers and the Lian-Li brand on the backside of the entrance panel all comprise LEDs. The emblem is illuminated from a strip of three LEDs housed within the chassis, a intelligent means of getting lighting into the entrance panel cheaply and with out tethering it to the chassis with wires. It really works properly, too. If there’s a weak level within the system, it’s the molded plastic duct between the LEDs and the logo–it’s barely misshapen on our pattern, and a small piece has chipped off.

NOISE & THERMALS

As we’ve already talked about, it’s unimaginable to rearrange the 200mm followers inside the case, and it’s onerous to think about a situation the place changing them is sensible. Subsequently, we principally restricted ourselves to our customary set of assessments, and two further assessments with a 120mm ID-COOLING fan turned all the way down to roughly 1200RPM. For the primary, we eliminated the highest filter and positioned the fan as high exhaust within the rearmost slot. For the second, we positioned it as consumption on high of the PSU shroud within the frontmost slot. The shroud-top mount additional in the direction of the rear of the case is best positioned to immediately cool the GPU die, however this mount is virtually flush with the floor of the facility provide, making it ineffective.

CPU Torture

Within the torture check, beginning with just a few Lian Li circumstances, CPU temperatures averaged 45 levels Celsius over ambient with the inventory fan association. This fell solely barely all the way down to 44 levels with the entrance panel eliminated totally, indicating that Lian Li has performed a very good job of pairing the big consumption followers with a entrance panel that doesn’t limit them, though the backing chassis does. The additional high exhaust fan didn’t drop the CPU delta considerably under the baseline temperature delta of 45 levels, whereas including an consumption fan to the highest of the PSU shroud warmed it up barely to 47 levels, as a result of scorching GPU exhaust was inspired to maneuver upwards within the case in the direction of the tower cooler. The Lancool II Mesh is tied with the 215 on this check at 45 levels above ambient, whereas the unique Lancool II is in fact a lot hotter at 56 levels.

Comparatively, 45 levels above ambient for the common CPU temperature positions this case properly. It’s a couple of levels under the P400A Digital’s common of 48 levels. The Lancool 215 (and Lancool II) profit from having a CPU exhaust fan–the P400A will get alongside simply advantageous with out it, however there’s no denying that an exhaust fan behind a tower cooler helps. “P400A killer” could be overly formidable, however to this point, the Lancool 215 is a high-performance various, and it does value lower than a lot of the circumstances that it shares house with on this finish of the chart, just like the Cooler Grasp H500M Mesh and the be quiet! 500DX.

GPU Torture

In the identical check, the GPU averaged 52 Celsius above ambient. As with CPU temperatures, eradicating the entrance panel supplied an enchancment all the way down to 49 levels common, however nonetheless a sufficiently small distinction to point good entrance panel design. An extra high exhaust fan did assist barely as properly, reducing the common to 50 levels, whereas the shroud-top fan had no vital impact. We’re nonetheless within the thought of shroud-top followers, as we have now been with all of the Lancool circumstances, however this isn’t an efficient implementation. Customers would possibly be capable to get some use out of the mounting factors for attaching issues aside from followers, however there simply isn’t sufficient entry to air to make them helpful as consumption slots. The Lancool II Mesh demonstrates its worth right here with a median of 49 levels Celsius above ambient, whereas the unique Lancool II is once more a lot hotter at 55 levels common. It’s lucky for Lian Li that the costlier Lancool II Mesh performs higher, as they’re dangerously near competing with themselves in addition to Phanteks. There are another quality-of-life benefits to the Lancool II Mesh, coated in our full evaluate.

In comparison with the remainder of the stack, 52 levels above ambient for a median GPU temperature is okay, however not practically as spectacular because the CPU temperatures have been. It’s tied with the Cooler Grasp H500P Mesh and the be quiet! 500DX, nevertheless it’s crushed by the P400A’s 49 diploma common and the TD500 Mesh’s 50-degree common. A part of the 215’s drawback subsequent to one thing just like the Lancool II Mesh stands out as the case’s relative narrowness–the cooler on the GPU we use for case testing is each extraordinarily broad and exhausts air out to the aspect, in order that the additional centimeter of clearance within the L2M between the glass aspect panel and GPU gives an actual benefit.

3DMark

The 3DMark stress check is a means of confirming the GPU torture outcomes, in addition to seeing whether or not GPU temperatures are improved with out interference from CPU exhaust. The typical GPU temperature right here rounds to 51 levels Celsius above ambient, nevertheless it’s inside one diploma of the baseline common. The Lancool II Mesh widened the hole on this check with a median of 47 levels above ambient. The 215 has confirmed to be a powerful case total to this point, and these GPU temperatures solely seem unimpressive when in comparison with the CPU temperatures. For a $70 case, that is good.

Blender

For Blender testing, we run the identical render twice, as soon as completely on the CPU and as soon as on the GPU. For the primary check, the CPU averaged 38 levels Celsius over ambient, surprisingly far more in the direction of the center of the chart than the torture outcomes, though competitors is way tighter right here and a distinction of a fraction of a level can create a deceptively giant hole on the chart. It’s tied with the inventory NR600, a couple of levels hotter than the Lancool II Mesh’s common of 35.Three levels.

With the GPU render, common GPU temperature was 23.Four levels Celsius above ambient, a barely extra favorable common in comparison with the remainder of the chart than was seen within the torture and firestrike assessments. The P400A was inside error and tied at 23.2 levels, whereas the Lancool II Mesh retained champion standing at a formidable 20.Eight levels common.

Standardized Followers

Past its normal function, right here the standardized fan check offers us an opportunity to see what case thermals are like with “regular”-sized 140mm consumption followers, so we will see whether or not Lian Li’s determination to make use of 200mm followers on an ordinary mid tower helped or hindered them. Common CPU temperature was 43 Celsius above ambient on this check, higher than the 45 Celsius baseline and even the 44 Celsius common with the entrance panel eliminated. The smaller followers carry out higher right here, however these are 1400-1500RPM Noctua followers and so they solely improved the CPU temperature by two degrees–we’d take into account {that a} good mark for Lian Li’s inventory followers. As for the remainder of the circumstances examined with standardized followers, the 215 is tied right here with the Lancool II Mesh, which makes sense–the entrance panel mesh densities of the 215 and the Mesh are comparable, if not an identical. That makes the 215 one diploma cooler than the P400A and P500A Digitals right here, proper on the high of the chart for CPU temperatures once more. This can be a favorable case design for CPU air coolers, with loads of air flow on the highest and rear faces of the case.

Common GPU temperature on this check was 54 levels Celsius, hotter than the baseline common of 52 levels. Although the 215 isn’t chart-topping within the GPU cooling class, it’s evidently not the fault of its inventory followers.

Noise & Noise Normalized

Inventory noise stage with all case followers at 100% was 38.Eight dBA, barely an audible improve over the 36dBA threshold that we use for noise normalized testing. Decreasing noise to that threshold required lowering the case followers to 75% pace in BIOS, however in actuality that translated to a discount of solely about 100RPM for the large 200mm consumption followers, down from about 700 to 600. One main benefit of extra-large followers is their silence, so this can be a robust class for the 215–it could be stronger nonetheless if there wasn’t a bunch of metal behind the consumption followers interfering with them. 

The rise in common temperatures was due to this fact pretty small, with the CPU delta up from 45 Celsius to 47. In comparison with the opposite noise-normalized outcomes, the 215 is extraordinarily robust in CPU temperatures, besting the earlier coolest common of 50 levels scored by the Lancool II Mesh. That is nonetheless a comparatively new check, so we don’t have circumstances as previous as Cooler Grasp’s H500 Mesh included on this chart–we’d count on it to do very properly right here. When it comes to silent CPU air cooling, the 215 is palms down the most effective case on this chart, beating out the Digital variants of the P400A and P500A.

The rise within the GPU delta was even smaller, up from 52 to 53 Celsius. That’s not a lot hotter than the P400A’s 52 Celsius common, however the Lancool II Mesh pulls forward a bit of additional at 51 Celsius common. Once more, air-cooled CPU temperatures within the 215 are distinctive, whereas GPU temperatures are on the nice aspect of common.

Conclusion

The Lancool 215 is an effective price range case for air cooling. We wouldn’t advocate this case for critical liquid-cooling setups, as a result of something bigger than a 280mm radiator would necessitate swapping out the entrance followers, and the entrance followers are the first characteristic that differentiates this case from the opposite sub-$100 mesh-fronted circumstances that we’ve repeatedly really useful, particularly the P400A Digital. Don’t attempt to stick a radiator behind the 200mm followers. Lian Li has performed a very good job of constructing this a price range model of their different Lancool circumstances, specifically the Lancool II Mesh, and we’d strongly advocate trying out our protection of that case to anybody that’s on this design however prepared to spend about $30 extra. For air-cooled programs on a good price range, or programs with a single CLC, Lian Li has achieved their mission of making a superb various to the P400A.

Host, Take a look at Lead: Steve Burke
Editorial, Testing: Patrick Lathan
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman

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