For our tests we will be using an Intel Reference Cooler to cool the Intel Core i7 3770K CPU. Our test system also features an AMD Radeon HD 6950 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: MSI Z77IA-E53
- Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 800
- Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2
- Memory: 4GB (2x 2GB) Kingston HyperX Genesis
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950
- Power Supply: Corsair GS800
- System Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB (7200 RPM)
- Monitor: Viewsonic VX2260WM
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- CPUID Hardware Monitor
- Prime95 64-bit
- Furmark V1.9.2
To test the thermal performance of the Silverstone Sugo SG09 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.
Room temperature was maintained at 20 degrees C for the duration of our tests.
The temperatures recorded are fairly impressive, especially for such a compact chassis. This will make it an excellent choice for those looking to overclock their system.
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.
This case isn’t exactly silent so may not be suitable for those looking to build a quiet system. Most of the noise seems to come from the large Air Penetrator fan in the roof of the case so this could be replaced with a quieter model if necessary.