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Raidmax Narwhal Review

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Raidmax Narwhal 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.

 

Testing Setup:

 

 

Comparison Cases:

   

 

 

We start with the idle temperatures, and as you can see we are at the low end. But when you only have a spread of three degrees Celsius, the low end is not very exciting, but still, I'll take it. We crank up the heat and again we land in the middle of the pack at 75 °C. Now, unless you have a case with just horrible air flow, you don't really see a lot of difference from low to high, so clearly the Narwhal has decent airflow with just the two stock (included) fans. 

We move over to GPU testing and we see similar results with an even tighter range on the load testing, where we come in at 81 °C. And that is right where nearly all the other test cases come in. You have to consider that the video card I am using (NVIDIA GTX 770) is a reference card with a blower-style fan, which pushes the hot air out of the rear of the case. I find this design beneficial to keeping internal case temperatures down as compared to cards with fans mounted on the heat sinks that end up circulating the hot air in the case. That is where a case with good circulation really becomes a factor. Case fan noise was acceptable during the testing, and at idle they were silent. I am sure you would get more noise with a top-mounted radiator/fan combination.




  1. Raidmax Narwhal: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Raidmax Narwhal Closer Look: The Case
  3. Raidmax Narwhal Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Raidmax Narwhal Specifications & Features
  5. Raidmax Narwhal Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Raidmax Narwhal: Conclusion
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