Cooler Master HAF Stacker Case Reviewhornybluecow - October 16, 2013
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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 915F:
Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3Dmark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).
- Processor: Intel i7 4770K @ Stock
- CPU Cooling: Intel Stock
- Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 16GB @ 1600
- Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 770 Reference Model
- PSU: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: OCZ Vector 120GB SSD
- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
- Cooler Master 915F
With nothing to compare the 915F to, the charts above are only a reference to what you may see when running an ITX setup yourself. Interestingly enough, the video card did better in this than the 935. That is because the video card has an infinite amount of fresh air less than an inch away. The reference GeForce GTX 770 is using a blower style in which air is pulled from the back and pushed out the chassis, which gives it the lower temperatures displayed above. The rest isn't as surprising, as trying to cool an i7 4770K using Intel's stock cooler is nothing to be proud of. Without some much needed aid and just the provided 120mm fan, I do not think the CPU would be any lower without an aftermarket cooler.