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RAIDMAX Monster II Review

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RAIDMAX Monster II Specifications:

Form Factor:
Mid Tower Case
Dimensions:
410L x 210W x 445H
Drive Bays:
External 5.25 inch; x 2
Internal 3.5 inch x 1
Internal 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch x 2
Motherboard Support:
Standard ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini ITX
PSU Support:
180 - 260 PSU
Graphics Card Support:
Max. 400mm
Color:
Black
Expansion Slots:
7
Cooling:
Front:  2 x 120 or 140 fans,  1 x 140mm included
Rear: 1 x 120 or 140 fan,  1 x 140mm included
Top: 2 x 120 or 2 x 140 fans,  optional
Front Panel:
 
Dual USB 3.0 ports
Microphone and headphone jacks
Fan Controller:
Manual 3-step fan controller (3x 3-pin)
Radiator Support:
Front: 240 or 280mm & 360mm with 5.25" drive rack removed
Rear: 120mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height:
180mm
Dust Filters:
Front, Bottom and Top panel

 

 

RAIDMAX Monster II Features:

  • Simple Interior Layout - Double cable management space.
  • Stunning Exterior - Add extra heat dissipation potential.
  • Cable Management - Side cables passageway brings superb interior clean sky space. Steel cable management bar makes the front unimpeded and keeps cables tidy and hidden.
  • Liquid Cooling System -  Front panel supports 240 or 280mm dual fan radiator. 360mm is possible with the removal of the 5.25" drive rack. Rear support for 120mm radiator.

All information courtesy of be RAIDMAX  //www.raidmax.com/chassis_monster-ii2.html

 

RAIDMAX Monster II Testing:

Testing involved recording temperatures in degrees Celsius for the CPU and GPU 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.

 

Testing Setup:

 

 

 

Now we break out the thermal imaging camera and see where the heat is. In the picture to the left, the CPU is being stressed, which is indicated by the bright yellow color concentrated at the rear exhaust fan. The D14 cooler directs the excess heat to the rear 140mm exhaust fan, where it is pushed out of the case. There is another hot spot below the GPU, and that is the power supply working hard (and generating heat) to supply the system with enough power. 

Looking at the side view of the case with the thermal camera, it is clear that cool air is drawn in from the front of the case, and the temperature increases toward the CPU cooler, which is more toward the upper left of the case. The GPU stress testing reveals similar results, with the heat being concentrated at the GPU and, being a reference-style graphics card, the heat is pushed out of the case by the GPU blower-style fan.

So, after all the thermal testing is done, I can say that the case performed as expected, and the two included 140mm fans did a good job of keeping the air flowing through the case. Most people don't keep their systems constantly stressed, so heat build up is not really an issue. But this testing shows that the Monster II can handle the heat. And you have room to add a couple more fans to move even more air to meet the needs of your system.

 




  1. RAIDMAX Monster II: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. RAIDMAX Monster II: Specifications & Testing
  3. RAIDMAX Monster II: Conclusion
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