For our tests we will be using an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro to cool the Intel Core i7 3770K CPU. Our test system also features an AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card. We overclocked the system to 4.4 GHZ for our tests using a voltage of 1.25V.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K.
- Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX.
- Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.
- Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2.
- Memory: 4GB (2x 2GB) Kingston HyperX Genesis.
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7950.
- Power Supply: Corsair GS800.
- System Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 240 GB.
- Monitor: Viewsonic VX2260WM.
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
- CPUID Hardware Monitor.
- Prime95 64-bit.
- Furmark V1.9.2.
To test the thermal performance of the Fractal Design Node 304 we loaded our test system for 15 minutes using Prime95 and Furmark and recorded the maximum temperatures reached using CPUID Hardware Monitor. We then restarted the system and left it for 15 minutes before recording idle temperatures.
The temperatures are a little hotter than usual but this is due to the inclusion of only a single fan in the chassis.
To conduct our noise level tests, we replaced the graphics card in our system with a AMD Radeon HD 5550 Silence which was passively cooled. We also momentarily disconnected the fans on the CPU cooler so we were only taking into account the noise generated by the fans in the case.
The acoustic performance isn’t too bad but the noise dampening material doesn’t seem to do too much. The included fan is an inexpensive model which is fairly noisy. The case could be quieter if the fan was replaced with a higher quality model. At extra cost, obviously.