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 1000W 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.

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  • cbgoding - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    This is so close to the case I've been waiting for! If somebody made a soundproofed case with this much radiator support at a similar price point I'd be all over it, but this is probably close enough. Reply
  • hero1 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    I am on the same boat as you. Too bad I am currently modifying my Fractal Design Define XL R2 to fit 2 x 360 mm rads. I think I might snatch one If they ever make another one like this with capability to take 2 x 360 mm thick rads (up to 65 mm). Other than that, it's a good case. Reply
  • cbgoding - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    You got a build thread for that? Reply
  • ggathagan - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    You could do the soundproof work yourself. There are a number of on-line vendors that carry the damping material. Reply
  • cbgoding - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    And stick it to the inside of the window? if corsair offers a windowless version, then sure that route would work perfectly. Reply
  • Guernb2 - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - link

    I bet the if side panels are reversible, you could ask corsair for another back panel and maybe it could work. Reply
  • Thurwell - Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - link

    Check out the NZXT H630, soundproofed case with lots of radiator support for $149. Kind of ugly though. Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    No empty case or build galleries? Reply
  • MooseMuffin - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Is the window really that important to people? Seems like they could solve some of their air cooling woes by throwing a big fan on the side panel like they do with the carbide 500R. Reply
  • Liquid_Static - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    I hate to say this, but frankly I'm getting bored with Corsair's cases. Don't get me wrong I love their products, but their cases have been just more of the same. Reply

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