Today to test the acoustical performance of this chassis we have set our Pyle Digital Sound Level Meter PSPL03 one meter away from the case.
We then removed the discrete graphics card, and temporarily turned the two Antec Kuhler 920 fans off. This leaves us with only the included case fans and very little noise from the power supply fan.
As this can be a little confusing for people, here are various dBa ratings 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
As there are two fan settings; High and Low – we have taken readings at both settings.
The low setting fan emissions will blend into most ambient background environments. The high fan settings produce much more airflow and subsequent noise – however this is ideal for an intensive, overclocked gaming session.