Looking at a bare computer chassis only reveals one side of the coin and so its important for us to take a look at the X2000FN with a full system installed so that we can determine its strengths and weaknesses (if any!).
We would usually install our XL-ATX system inside such a large chassis but unfortunately the biggest form factor X2000FN takes is E-ATX so our ATX system had to suffice. Even with an ATX system installed there is plenty of space around the motherboard and this really does help with the installation process. Cable management and installation of devices is an absolute breeze, although there is allocation for the CPU power cable to route behind the motherboard tray and drop down it is rather a large distance to cover and struggles to fit. Thankfully Lian Li provide an extension cable which makes this possible.
One aspect which is emphasised time and again with X2000FN is the multitude of HDD storage options; this case is tailored for storage and thanks to the inter-swappable cages the inside can be customised to the needs of the user.
One slight niggle to present itself when installing the system inside X2000FN the front fan cables were not sufficiently long enough to reach the fan controller at the back of the case. Instead, these must be plugged into motherboard headers or Molex connectors.
Clearance is paramount to many users and this aspect of X2000FN is where the case excels.
ATX system installed with lots of space
Cable management is easy to maintain
There are numerous options to install storage drives inside X2000FN, both 2.5 and 3.5 drives can be placed inside the case. 3.5 drives require screws and rubber rings in order to slide into the HDD cages provided; 2.5 drives require the same treatment but on the underside instead and must be attached to the metal plate which covers the side of the case (pictured).
Once attached to the case the drives fit extremely snug thanks to the rubber rings.
Installing 2.5, 3.5 drives is easy