Noise and Thermal Testing, Stock

We'll start our testing with the processor and RAM set to stock speeds to see how well the IN-WIN BUC handles a thermal load more or less indicative of an average enthusiast's setup. Down the road, we'll add more cases to the charts, but so far the only cases we've tested with our new equipment are a micro-ATX case and this mid-tower.

Thermals are very reasonable, with the i7-875K hovering below 60C and the GTX 580 being fed plenty of fresh air from the intake fan we mounted on the side panel. 80C under load is really quite good for the 580. The SSD and by extension the hard drive also run nice and frosty thanks to both ventilation above the bays and the front intake fan.

With proper fan control in place, the BUC also remains remarkably quiet. The 37dB idle noise level is actually very comfortable, with a low whooshing character to it that remains inobtrusive. Under load things get a little bit noisier but still reasonable.

Testing Methodology Noise and Thermal Testing, Overclocked
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  • Gigantopithecus - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Methodology looks very sound and I hope that Anandtech will be able to continue adding new cases to see how they stack up against each other (ha) while keeping the internal components constant. Reply
  • Silenus - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Nice to see case reviews from time to time.

    I'd love to see some Fractal Designs cases reviewed. Especially some of the new ones coming. I am chomping at the bit to get a better look at the Arc Midi Tower and the Arc Mini!
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  • XiZeL - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    mee too :) really want to know how the silent ones performe. might be changing my antec p183 for an FD define r3 or xl Reply
  • ymrtech - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    I have a define R3. and holy shit i love it. replaced my cooler master HAF 922 with this. it's quiet as hell and also keeps my innards all nice and cool. i have a noctua noctua nh-d14 on my i7-960 and it idles around 38C and my 6870 twin frozr with fans at 40% idles around 34C. considering the noise it DOESN'T make, the price, the quality of the materials used, and the overall workmanship. i would reccomend it to EVERYONE.
    another good case to check out is the fractal design core 3000, it's like 90$ tax and shipping in (ncix) and it looks pretty top notch.
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  • Mumrik - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    I'd rather have had one and eight or nine internal 3½" bays...

    I have one optical drive that I never use and six harddrives and only more to come.
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  • SquattingDog - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Clearly you've never used hot-swap bays then or thought about the fact that you can mount 4+ 3.5" drives in the space of 3x 5.25" bays with a 120mm cooling fan to boot (Lian Li do such a product and are not the only ones). Personally I would rather have seen FOUR 5.25" bays for this very purpose. Otherwise you can always get single hot-swap bays to go 5.25" --> 3.5".

    It's about different horses for different courses really - perhaps you should be looking at an eATX full tower instead?

    Other food for thought, as I have been down this road before: if you have drives which are <2TB (hell, even if they are 2TB - you can now get 3TB drives), then secure erase and sell off your old drives and buy fewer larger drives. :)
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  • Taft12 - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    You can't have enough 5.25" bays. SATA can be hot-swapped, take advantage of this great feature!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

    (shameless plug, not associated with iStar, just a very satisfied customer!)
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  • bji - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Just curious ... how much content do you have to steal to fill six harddrives?

    I personally have never filled more than 30 gb or so of a disk; I could see filling maybe 100 GB tops if I kept all of my home movies and photos on my local disk instead of in the cloud. I guess if you're a real 'power user' and buy lots of software and games maybe you'd fill another 200 GB? I just can't imagine filling more than 300 GB unless you're stealing content. Of course I know that there are the exceptional case where someone has, e.g. a photography business or something and they need to store terabytes of data legitimately but ... somehow I doubt that every person I see complaining about, e.g. the small size of SSDs, or the inability to put more than 6 hard drives in a case, has a legal use for all of that space.

    On the upside for me, I am perfectly happy with a single 80 GB Intel SSD in my desktop and will be for years to come. SSDs are now in the price range where for my usage, they are cheap enough and are only getting better as they get faster.
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  • Klinky1984 - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Oh yes, they must be stealing content. No one ever backups their DVD or BR collection, no one ever edits HD video. No one ever has thousands of high resolution photographs or large photo editing project files to deal with. No one ever has hard drives to put in a RAID setup for performance or redundancy reasons. Yep, must be stealing content, because _you_ can't think of any legitimate use.

    Shall we just make it illegal to own multiple hard drives?
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  • JarredWalton - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    For the record, just my AnandTech folder for the past four years checks in at a respectable 70GB. Add in my personal pictures and that's another 30GB. I just upgraded cameras and can now shoot 1080p24 video, which only chews up around 1.3GB for a 10 minute clip. Since the start of 2011, I've only sucked down 13GB with home videos of my family, and I don't even shoot video more than a few times per month!

    My desktop has a 1TB hard drive that is around 70% full, because I happen to play games on it. My Steam folder currently sits at nearly 200GB, and I haven't even installed most of my Steam games on this system (e.g. I don't have the original Half-Life, or the various HL2 episodes, installed). Honestly, I can't even get by with less than 256GB of storage on a system that I plan to use for "everything", which is why SSDs are tough to use on a single drive laptop.
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