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Corsair Obsidian 350D 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 2600K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Corsair H100
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 9-9-9-24 16 GB
- Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD6950
- PSU: Cooler Master GX750W
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- SSD: Kingston Hyper X 120GB
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
I was rather surprised at the results - the way the CPU and GPU were much cooler than I expected with the 350D. The air flow through this case must be really good. Especially to see such low temps under load.
On a case with solid side panels, this is the time that I am usually getting in my jab for a side fan or two for a nice supply of cool air for the GPU. But we see here that side fans are not necessary. What has Corsair done to get such good air flow? The 500R has more fans and the 350D seems to keep things just as cool. I reran the test a few hours later and got the same results. I would say we have a real winner for keeping things cool. The fan noise was consistent with a top mounted ratiator with two fans. At idle, things are nice and quiet. Under a load, the fan noise is louder, but this is expected.