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I will be testing this case to see how thermally efficient it is compared to the GT3 case I reviewed a while back. I have the same motherboard, CPU, CPU cooler, video card, and memory installed. I’ll use the monitoring software to compare the temperatures at stock and overclocked CPU speeds while idling, and then again while the CPU is loaded 100% by running two instances of Prime95. I will also use the same ambient temperature. All values in the graphs are measured in degrees Celsius and lower values are better.
- Intel Conroe 6300 1.86 GHz
- Gigabyte GA965-S3
- Super Talent T1000UX2G5 DDR2-1000 5-5-5-15 (2 x 1 GB)
- BFG GeForce 7600 gt oc
- OCZ GameXtreme 600 watt PSU
- Seagate 320 GB SATA2 7200 RPM 16 MB HDD
- NEC DVD +-RW(+-R DL)
- Windows XP Pro SP2
With the CPU at idle and stock speed, the temperature does not vary from case to case, but once we load things up a bit, then the differences should show. Most of the time at idle, the CPU fan would even stop spinning all together as it is being controlled by the system BIOS. This is a testament to how cool the Core 2 Duo chips run. Even in the overclocked and loaded test I could find no difference in the thermal abilities of this case over the previous case I tested with the test setup I used. I believe things are not getting pushed far enough to show what may be an advantage one case would have over the other. I think it is time to step up to a larger CPU and aftermarket cooler with a greater overclock to sort this out. Unfortunately, the GT3 case will not accept any of my aftermarket coolers, so I could not compare these by doing that test.
As you can see from the graphs, there is not any difference that I can see here between these two cases using the setup above.