Cooler Master N600 Reviewred454 - July 28, 2013
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Cooler Master N600 Testing:
Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, and motherboard during idle and load phases. The load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor 1.21.0. Please note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
- Processor: Core i7 3770K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Corsair H70
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 9-9-9-24 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Corsair TX-750M
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
The CPU and GPU idle temps were as expected, nothing remarkable. But under a load, we see the CPU temps on the N600 well below the other cases. I let things cool down, and ran the tests again and got the same results. So, what gives the N600 such an advantage? Normally the CPU cooler has to draw air in from inside the case - air that has already taken on heat from the internal components (motherboard, RAM, GPU, HDD, PSU, etc.). Well, since I am using the Corsair H70 CPU cooler mounted at the rear (in a push / pull configuration), and the top of the case is essentially open and very close to the intake of the H70, it appears that a fresh supply of ambient air was available to the H70, and I suspect that this kept the CPU temps down.
With all the different places to mount additional fans, I though I would have a little fun so I added three more fans (two Corsair SP120 on top and one Cooler Master A12025-20RB-3BN-F1 on the HDD cage) and cranked them up and ran the stress tests again - I mounted the Corsair SP120 fans (on the top) to draw in outside air and force it down into the case rather than mount them as exhaust fans. The GPU dropped by five degress and the CPU dropped by three degrees. Of course, the noise level goes up with the extra fans. But you can see that there is some benefit to adding some of your own fans to this case.