Lian Li PC-A08 Caserobgs -
- Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo Processor
- Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard
- 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 EL Platinum ram
- eVGA 8800GTX video card
- OCZ 600W GameXStream power supply
- 3 Seagate 320GB SATA II drives
- LG GSA-H22L-BLK 18x DVD ROM
- Windows XP Professional SP2
- Lian Li PC-A08 case
- Super Case
For testing I will look only at the ability for this case to cool the motherboard and processor. The system is completely at stock speed to get a good gauge on the cooling of a typical setup. The first test is the system at idle, and then the system is stressed with an hour of Prime95 to heat things up. I’ve allowed the system an hour of run time before recording the data to let the temperatures stabilize. I've used the Nvidia MonitorView software to track the temperatures. All temperatures are reported in degrees celcius with an ambient temperature of 20 degrees celcius. As well, you will notice the big difference between the motherboard temperature and the processor temperature. The 680i chipset is notorious for high northbridge temperatures and without active cooling or a fan on the side cover, the high temperature is even more pronounced.
As you can see by the graph below, the motherboard temperatures are very close at idle. The PC-A08 is only marginally better at cooling than the basic case.
Here we can see the processor temps are also very close. Again, the Lian Li case beats out the basic case.
Now when we put some load on the system, the temps have increased for both, but the temperature still stays cooler in the CP-A08 case.
And finally, the temperature for the processor under load also shows a substantial increase, but again is kept cooler in the Lian Li case.