Today to test this chassis we have set our Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2 one meter away from our case.
We temporarily turned off our CPU fan, so we were just testing the case fans.
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
This case in its default configuration is very quiet and measured at the accurate limits of our measuring hardware.
If you wanted to improve the thermal performance you would have to compromise in regards to noise emissions, but then again, this case does support watercooling so there are plenty of options available.