Friday, February 11th 2022

Lian Li 2022 Digital Expo Teases with New Prototypes and Soon-to-be-Released Products

LIAN LI Industrial Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of aluminium chassis and PC accessories, premieres the LIAN LI 2022 DIGITAL EXPO at 9 am EST on YouTube (here). A 2-part video series, LIAN LI gives further updates on Lancool III, V3000 PLUS, and UNI FAN SL INFINITY, and unveils 2 prototypes with the UNI FAN P28, STRIMER PLUS V2, and L-Connect 3 with a complete tour of the new ARGB software.
LANCOOL III: Since its first appearance at the LIAN LI 2021 DIGITAL EXPO 2.0, the LANCOOL III's prototype received many updates. The LANCOOL III is expected to be available in an RGB and non-RGB version, both versions with 3 pre-installed 140 mm PWM fans. Here are the updates:
  • Revised opening mechanism for side tempered glass panels using front handles with continuous aluminium edges to unlock.
  • All-around 360 radiator support.
  • Front panel lever to release the front multidirectional radiator bracket.
  • Adjustable cable pass-through bar with larger rubber grommets for longer and bulkier extension cables.
  • Adjustable and removable PSU shroud top panel.
  • Modular and removable drive cages to improve airflow from the PSU shroud.
  • Revised right-side shroud panel with removable SSD support.
  • Improved cable management with multi-layer velcro straps.
V3000 PLUS
The V3000 PLUS is a dual system chassis designed with modern features. Returning with a few updates from LIAN LI's previous EXPO, the V3000 PLUS is close to completion. Here are the improvements:
  • Front, top, and shroud side panel mesh design optimized to improve airflow.
  • Left and right side tempered glass panels, with new push-lock mechanism.
  • Light projection LIAN LI logo under the front panel.
  • Revised top IO layout with toggle switch to control the power and reset buttons from the primary system to the secondary system.
  • Front side multidirectional bracket for flexible radiator/fan thickness support.
  • Relocatable drive cages from PSU shroud to the main chamber beside the motherboard.
  • Toolless SSD trays behind the motherboard tray.
UNI FAN SL120 INFINITY
The refined prototype of the new UNI FAN SL120 INFINITY takes the UNI FAN concept to another level with improved looks, cable management, and compatibility. Here is a list of improvements:
  • Infinity mirrors at the front center and side edges.
  • Slim and bright narrow light grooves along the front edges of the fan.
  • Thinner fan cluster power module relocated to the center of the fan frame, and features two-way cable orientation.
  • Removable fan interlocking key.
  • PWM and ARGB cables combined into a single one.
  • Revised UNI HUB with support for two GALAHAD AIO pump ARGB.
UNI FAN P28
The UNI FAN P28 brings the UNI FAN interlocking concept to a higher level of performance and lower noise, but still has the option of added aRGB as an option.
  • 28 mm thick fan made with fluid dynamic bearings, metal-bearing shell, top plated iron shell, and harder build materials, resulting in less vibration and distortion.
  • Smaller power module connection that is embedded into the fan, as well as removable interlocking keys for optimal clearance with radiator fitting.
  • Users have the option to modify the sides of the fan with an aRGB accessory that replaces the aluminium decorative strip of the UNI FAN P28.
STRIMER PLUS V2
Well known for its ability to elevate the RGB factor of any build, the STRIMER PLUS V2 is packed with improvements, including:
  • Silicon-covered power cables for a thinner profile and more flexibility.
  • Upgraded diffuser strip, allowing the lighting effect to also shine through the side, stepping up the "wow" effect.
  • Both GPU versions of the STRIMER PLUS V2 feature separate 6+2pins for better compatibility and easier installation on GPUs where power connectors are further apart.
  • Supported by the latest L-Connect 3 software to individually control each RGB channel on the 24pin, 2x8pin, and 3x8pin.
L-CONNECT 3
LIAN LI's RGB software is now capable of full control of products within LIAN LI's ecosystem and becomes the one-stop-shop for RGB control.
  • Complete system information, configurable fan profiles according to GPU or CPU temperatures.
  • Individual effects for SL120s, AL120s, SL INFINITY, STRIMER PLUS.
  • Quick sync of effects throughout your system.
  • Auto controller firmware update and software update.
  • Customizable speed profile names, cluster names, temperature settings, and languages.
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20 Comments on Lian Li 2022 Digital Expo Teases with New Prototypes and Soon-to-be-Released Products

#1
Blueberries
3mm thicker fans, is that enough to improve performance?
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#2
Arcdar
Blueberries3mm thicker fans, is that enough to improve performance?
Depending on how they use those 3mm? yes. Actually quite a bit is possible here. But I guess finally we'll see once Wizz/TPU-Team got his/their hands on them :D :)

But in general, there is still a lot possible in fan-design and optimization, even for the "standard thickness" (but all of this depends on how much money can be made to (re)cover the research/design-effort) so we'll see what they did with those 3mm / what they use this "additional real-estate" for :)
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#3
TheDeeGee
Guess i'll be buying RGB instead of a 3000 series GPU to speed up my PC.
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#4
trsttte
Blueberries3mm thicker fans, is that enough to improve performance?
Phanteks performed pretty well increasing the size to 30mm. I don't mind the increasing sizes, there's only so much that can be done tunning the blades alone, but I hope this doesn't become the new gimmick with everyone using whatever size they want just to easily one up each other.

There will start to be diminishing returns as the fan gets heavier for example, but they can also just pull more power to achieve the same speed, and then there goes the possibility to daisy chain multiple fans or here come 2A rated headers and blowymatrons on regular computers :D
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#6
bonehead123
What a spectacular way to start off 2022... with MOAR boring-assed, same ole same same rectangular boxen of yesteryear !

But OTOH, I really like the uni-fan idea, which IMHO, is a very nice and welcomed step forward (and for a reasonable price too) for those of us who intend to use 240-360mm cooling set-ups, so there's that :)
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#7
Tigger
I'm the only one
bonehead123What a spectacular way to start off 2022... with MOAR boring-assed, same ole same same rectangular boxen of yesteryear !

But OTOH, I really like the uni-fan idea, which IMHO, is a very nice and welcomed step forward (and for a reasonable price too) for those of us who intend to use 240-360mm cooling set-ups, so there's that :)
Specially using one connector for 3 fans, that would be very nice as it can be a pain having 6+ fans to connect in the PC. I have 8 and that is bad enough.
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#8
TechLurker
trstttePhanteks performed pretty well increasing the size to 30mm. I don't mind the increasing sizes, there's only so much that can be done tunning the blades alone, but I hope this doesn't become the new gimmick with everyone using whatever size they want just to easily one up each other.

There will start to be diminishing returns as the fan gets heavier for example, but they can also just pull more power to achieve the same speed, and then there goes the possibility to daisy chain multiple fans or here come 2A rated headers and blowymatrons on regular computers :D
It'd be nice to have a bunch of thick, 56mm (28mm x2) or 72mm (38mm x2) counter-rotating fans updated and optimized for cooling and extreme static pressure at "quiet" speeds, similar to how quiet the behemoths from SanAce, Delta, and Nidec surprisingly are when run at their lowest voltages (3 of them in intake config being not much louder than a standing room fan on low). It'd also be nice to have consumer PWM control as opposed to sourcing an expensive enterprise PWM controller or hacking your own PWM control system. Moreso since Lamptron failed to live up to their promise of creating a proper PWM controller for server Delta/SanAce/Nidecs years back.

Also, anyone remember the old Triebwerk 55mm thick static pressure fans that competed against the likes of Nidec's original GTs? They were a joint project between Feser and Noiseblocker (same company behind the NB eLoops) and was one of the first to feature daisy-chained connectors.


I wonder what kind of performance could be had with modern fan modeling and construction techniques in the 28-55mm thick range. EK had a piss-poor attempt with the Meltemi, but Phanteks came out years later with an absolute killer. Now I wonder what could Noctua do if so inclined, and if someone else would get Nidec to release consumer grade variants of their own 38mm fan line, using consumer PWM instead of enterprise PWM control.
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#9
Operandi
Aside from the ability to link fans together its just more huge ugly AF monuments to RGB and tampered glass, no thanks.

Lian Li's only good looking designs left are their ITX options. The PC case industry is really in a pretty sad state.
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#10
Tigger
I'm the only one
OperandiAside from the ability to link fans together its just more huge ugly AF monuments to RGB and tampered glass, no thanks.

Lian Li's only good looking designs left are their ITX options. The PC case industry is really in a pretty sad state.
Because they don't know what to do apart from make a fancy box with RGB
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#11
RealKGB
TheDeeGeeGuess i'll be buying RGB instead of a 3000 series GPU to speed up my PC.
As the old saying goes:
Blue gives more cooling.
Red gives more gigahertz.
Green gives more NVidia points to make your NVidia GPU go faster.
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#12
Operandi
TiggerBecause they don't know what to do apart from make a fancy box with RGB
Their ITX cases are nice looking. I don't get it, why does tasteful good looking design stop at the ITX form factor?
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#13
Tigger
I'm the only one
OperandiTheir ITX cases are nice looking. I don't get it, why does tasteful good looking design stop at the ITX form factor?
I'm using a o11d xl and still think it's a nice case.
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#14
Operandi
TiggerI'm using a o11d xl and still think it's a nice case.
Actually I do too. Not really my thing, but it looks good for what its trying to be and has (had?) some unique designs ideas. The O11 is old news now though and it still is the only thing they got going that has any semblance of creativity and design thats not iTX

What they showed here is just lazy unimaginative rehashes from the last 10 years with 15% more RGB and glass.
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#15
Tigger
I'm the only one
OperandiActually I do too. Not really my thing, but it looks good for what its trying to be and has (had?) some unique designs ideas. The O11 is old news now though and it still is the only thing they got going that has any semblance of creativity and design thats not iTX

What they showed here is just lazy unimaginative rehashes from the last 10 years with 15% more RGB and glass.
I'm really dying to see something new, only got this for water cooling support, and i like the chimney style airflow, bottom in top out, rather than front in, back/top out.
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#16
Assimilator
Looks like the major "innovation" of 2021, namely tempered glass on the motherboard tray side of the case, is going to continue. Because of course, since it was such a great idea the first time, adding more of it is even better. /s

Also expecting to see the Fractal Torrent copied en masse, WRT relocation of the PSU to the top of the case. Everything old is new again...

Was considering the PC-O11 Dynamic EVO but am not prepared to pay more than what the original O11D cost for what are evolutionary improvements (noteworthy improvements, but still evolutionary). For now I'm just gonna stick with my plain O11D and tweak some of the problem areas with 3D printing.
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#17
Oberon
I wish they'd stop messing with the V3000+. Every time they touch it, they make it worse. Just give me the first pass.
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#18
Tigger
I'm the only one
V3000 PLUS video, the case looks huge compared to the guy.
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#19
onemanhitsquad
I have the Lian Li Uni fans in a case right now...I like the look of them...black blades with a chrome silver decal in the middle..I think they look pretty classy
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#20
Broken Processor
The lancool 3 change's are good but I wanted to see a bit more thickness on the cable management side, I noticed they didn't show power cables and I know why because when you add in bulky cables it's impossible to get the rest of the cables managed correctly no matter how much you try. Where they put the RGB controller's was funny because if you leave the drive cages in that where the excess power supply cables are going. And I didn't see removable mesh anywhere but the top again so if you sticking 10 fan's in there it's going to be a dust factory. I'm looking for a upgrade to my Lancool 2 for the above reasons and this case sadly won't be it.
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