CPU: Intel i5 655K
CPU Cooling: Scythe Big Shuriken with 120mm Noctua NF-S12 fan
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3
Power Supply: ThermalTake Smart 430w
Memory: 2x2GB Mushkin Silverline 1333Mhz
Storage: 40GB Mushkin Castillo
GPU: VTX 1GB 6450
In order to test how well ventilated the case is, we will fully stress both the processor and graphics card using a combination of system stress tools. The CPU stress test will contain a 10 minute run of Prime95 (blend) at stock speed whilst the GPU results will be recorded after a 5 minute run of Furmark.
As the graphics card is passively cooled, this will test the efficiency of the case’s cooling solutions. Running both tests for the selected length of time is sufficient enough for the temperatures to plateau and carries a low risk of damaging hardware, should any problems arise.
The processor was operating well within expected parameters however the passively cooled graphics card ran a little hotter than we had hoped. I believe this to be primarily caused by the drive cage obstructing much of the air flow to the bottom section of the case.