Testing Methodology

For testing full ATX cases, we use the following standardized testbed in stock and overclocked configurations to get a feel for how well the case handles heat and noise.

ATX Test Configuration
CPU Intel Core i7-2700K
(95W TDP, tested at stock speed and overclocked to 4.3GHz @ 1.38V)
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H
Graphics Card ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DCII TOP
(tested at stock speed and overclocked to 1GHz/overvolted to 1.13V)

2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 in SLI
(full fat testing only)
Memory 2x2GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3-1600
Drives Kingston SSDNow V+ 100 64GB SSD
Samsung 5.25" BD-ROM/DVDRW Drive

3x HGST DeskStar 3TB 7200-RPM HDD
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo with Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400
Power Supply SilverStone Strider Plus 750W 80 Plus Silver

Each case is tested in a stock configuration and an overclocked configuration that generates substantially more heat (and thus may produce more noise). The system is powered on and left idle for fifteen minutes, the thermal and acoustic results recorded, and then stressed by running seven threads in Prime95 (in-place large FFTs) on the CPU and OC Scanner (maximum load) on the GPU. At the end of fiteen minutes, thermal and acoustic results are recorded. This is done for the stock settings and for the overclock, and if the enclosure has a fan controller, these tests are repeated for each setting. Ambient temperature is also measured after the fifteen idle minutes but before the stress test and used to calculate the final reported results.

For the "full fat" testbed, the GTX 560 Ti is swapped out for a pair of GTX 580s, and three hard disks are added to fill out the case.

Thank You!

Before moving on, we'd like to thank the following vendors for providing us with the hardware used in our testbed.

Assembling the In-Win GT1 Noise and Thermal Testing
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  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - link

    There's another one that does it.
  • random2 - Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - link

    Patience Omega. They are young and know little of the real world...yet.
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, March 14, 2013 - link

    Your stupid idiot friend has no backup, since he knows so little of the real world, like you.
  • random2 - Thursday, March 14, 2013 - link

    Oh... to be twelve again.
  • Omega215D - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - link

    Game installs are quite large nowadays and I definitely would try to avoid cloud based stuff.

    That said I'm only using 4 drive bays, it may go up in the future as I'd like to have a back-up drive.
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, March 14, 2013 - link

    Oh, you're the poor dumb fuck child without a backup !
  • random2 - Thursday, March 14, 2013 - link

    Let this be a lesson to you grown ups who have kids. Unsupervised computer time may not be the best babysitting tool for you or your child.

    And for God sakes if the kids is on medications for serious psychological issues please make sure he/she is monitored more closely and takes the meds.
  • lwatcdr - Friday, March 8, 2013 - link

    For gaming in a sub $100 case? Yep it does not need 7 3.5" drive bays. Six is good enough for most people and not enough to ding the case over.
  • DanNeely - Friday, March 8, 2013 - link

    I think it was being dinged because it appears to have 7 places to put a 3.5" drive, but only includes 6 sleds because one in the middle of the stack was dedicated as a 2.5" install location.
  • Omega215D - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - link

    It makes sense though as SSDs are becoming more mainstream.

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