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Testing the BitFenix Outlaw requires heating it up! This involves recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during idle and load phases. Load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs, HD Tune, and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor. It is important to note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
Although the Outlaw has multiple locations for fans, the case is shipped with only one 120 mm fan in the rear. Due to my water cooling setup, the radiator was mounted on the top of the case, since the back mount had spacing issues. With the 120 mm in the back and the 2x120 mm fans exhausting out the radiator on top, the temperatures were recorded. Adding more fans would likely improve these numbers greatly – I’d hope.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Redline
- Video Card: 4870X2 2GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- NZXT Source 220
- NZXT Tempest 210
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- HAF 932 Black Edition
The Outlaw was a little disappointing in its performance. Compared to a few cases that are only $10 more expensive, it really does start lacking. I wasn’t pleased with the overall build of the case to begin with, and these high temperatures definitely do not help. Adding fans wouldn’t be much more expensive, but for an additional $10 or less, I could buy a different case with better stock temps. I’m really not impressed.