We generally test chassis with an Intel 990x processor based build, but this seems somewhat overkill for an HTPC system. We are therefore using a Core i7 2600k which would make an ideal foundation for a high performance media center.
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k
Motherboard: Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68
Cooler: Intel XTS100H Cooler
Memory: GSKill 8GB 1600mhz DDR3
Storage: Patriot 120GB Pyro SSD
Graphics: Sapphire HD6850 Vapor X
Power Supply: ADATA 550W
Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 64bit
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp
Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2
Firstly let us have a look at the chassis design and airflow, as it comes ‘out of the box’.
The diagram above is ‘looking down’ on the chassis, as it is designed to be positioned flat on a surface. The two 140mm fans suck in cool air which is forced over the motherboard and then out the other side of the case. Graphics card fans will also exhaust the warming air out the rear of the case. Adding another fan next to the power supply would enhance the flow, while adding more noise. For performance freaks, another fan could be installed in the top panel, in an exhaust position (following the ‘heat rises’ methodology). We tested the Lian Li PC C60 the way it is supplied to the user, without adding more fans.
We have placed thermal diodes into 5 case positions. 1: next to one of the 140mm intake fans, beside the optical drive bay. 2: beside the CPU cooler, next to the second 140mm intake fan. 3: Next to the drive bay rack. 4: In the very center of the chassis, next to the graphics card. 5: close to the power supply, underneath the lower section of the mother board.
Ambient room temperatures were maintained at 23c throughout.
The Intel Core i7 2600k was overclocked to 4.6ghz, which only requires a very minor core voltage increase for complete stability. The results below would be a strictly worst case scenario as we feel someone buying the PC C60 would be using a lesser processor, and perhaps at reference clock speeds. Still, it proves interesting to push the chassis design to the limit.
Very good results, thanks to the considerable internal airflow from the dual 140mm fans.