Today’s test system will give us a good idea of how well this case works in terms of thermal and acoustic performance.
Processor: AMD Phenom X4 965 Black Edition @ 3.9 GHz.
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD- M Evo
Cooler: Akasa Venom Voodoo CPU Cooler
Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1800MHz
Graphics Cards: XFX Radeon 5450 HD (GPU @ 700 MHZ, Memory Clock @ 650 MHz)
Power Supply: Akasa Venom Power 750W
Boot Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB
OS: Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit
Pyle Digital Sound Level Meter PSPL25
In terms of thermal performance, this isn’t a bad result, especially with our AMD Phenom X4 965 running at 3.9 GHz. However, we did notice that our motherboard temperature had risen by a whole 7 degrees, which suggests there isn’t enough airflow going through the case to remove all of the produced heat.
This is because the case only has 1 x 120mm fan fitted at the rear, which means air will be sucked into the case from the closest vents at the side. Fitting 2 x 120mm intake fans at the front would solve this as the air would have to pass over the motherboard to escape the chassis.