For testing today we are using a selection of high performance, yet affordable components, targeting the widest possible enthusiast gaming audience.
Processor: i5 2500k
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Extreme IV
Memory: 8GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2133Mhz
Solid State Drive: 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
Hard Drives: 2TB Western Digital Green, 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green
Graphics Card: Sapphire 2GB 6950 (Reference design)
Power Supply: 1200W Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold
Operating System: Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition
Prime95 (64 bit)
In order to test the cooling performance of the case, we pushed the CPU to a relatively common overclock speed and plugged all of the provided case fans into the 12v connections of the motherboard and ran several tests with the following methodology: CPU stress tests will contain a 10 minute run of Prime95 (blend) 4.4Ghz at 1.36 volts. GPU results will be recorded after a 5 minute run of Furmark.
Running the tests for this length of time is sufficient enough for the temperatures to plateau and has a low risk of damaging hardware should an issue arise.