Today, to test this chassis we have set our Sound Level Meter one meter away from the case.
We then temporarily turned the two Akasa Venom Voodoo fans off, which leaves us with only the included case fan and very little noise from the power supply fan.
As this can be a little confusing for people, here are various dBa ratings in with real world situations to help describe the various levels.
KitGuru noise guide
10dBA – Normal Breathing/Rustling Leaves
20-25dBA – Whisper
30dBA – High Quality Computer fan
40dBA – A Bubbling Brook, or a Refrigerator
50dBA – Normal Conversation
60dBA – Laughter
70dBA – Vacuum Cleaner or Hairdryer
80dBA – City Traffic or a Garbage Disposal
90dBA – Motorcycle or Lawnmower
100dBA – MP3 player at maximum output
110dBA – Orchestra
120dBA – Front row rock concert/Jet Engine
130dBA – Threshold of Pain
140dBA – Military Jet takeoff/Gunshot (close range)
160dBA – Instant Perforation of eardrum
At this point we were quite surprised as we were not able to obtain a reading from our sound level meter, which is rated to read down to at least 30 dB. As such we weren’t able to obtain a specific reading but can safely say this case is whisper quiet.
We turned the Akasa Venom Voodoo CPU Cooler fans back on, and measured a reading of 41 dB, but this is with both fans running at full speed.