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CM Storm Trooper Cooling Performance

CM Storm Trooper Cooling Performance

Our test kit includes an ATI Radeon HD 5870 2GB Eyefinity 6 graphics card and an Intel Core i7-870 CPU, which has been overclocked from 2.93GHz to 3.4GHz using a vcore of 1.305V and a CPU PLL of 1.9V. This is a modest overclock, but our test kit will spend most of its life under high load, so pushing it too far isn't in anybody's interests. More importantly, some poorer-performing cases push the CPU temperature to above 80°C, so even this overclock will prove to be too much for some cases.

The CPU is cooled by a Gelid Tranquillo CPU cooler with a Noctua NF-S12B ULN 120mm fan. The NF-S12B ULN is a low-airflow fan, so it will highlight cases with poor cooling for the CPU. We also locked the fan speed on the graphics card to 30 per cent to prevent the automatic speed control interfering with the results.

We record the temperature of the CPU using RealTemp, noting the temperature of the hottest core, and used GPU-Z to log the temperature of the graphics card. Having recorded the ambient temperature in front of the main air intake of each case, we're then able to calculate the delta T - the difference between the ambient temperature of our lab and the temperature of the hardware. To load the system, we use a combination of the Canyon Flight benchmark in 3DMark06 and the smallfft test in Prime 95.
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-870 CPU overclocked to 3.4GHz
  • Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5870 2GB Eyefinity 6
  • Motherboard: Biostar TPower I55
  • RAM: 2 x 2GB OCZ 1,866MHz DDR3
  • Hard drive: 160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
  • Heatsink: Gelid Tranquillo with a Noctua NF-S12B ULN fan
  • Power supply: Seasonic M12D SS-850EM

Case performance - CPU Delta T

Arranged by CPU Delta T

  • SilverStone FT02R-W (Full Speed)
  • SilverStone Temjin TJ11 (Full speed)
  • SilverStone Temjin TJ11 (minimum speed)
  • Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 (Full Speed)
  • SilverStone FT02R-W (Minimum Speed)
  • Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 (Minimum Speed)
  • SilverStone Raven RV03 (Maximum Speed)
  • Antec Twelve Hundred (Full Speed)
  • Lian Li PC-V1020
  • NZXT Phantom (Full Speed)
  • SilverStone Raven RV02 (High Speed)
  • Antec One Hundred (Full speed)
  • SilverStone Raven RV03 (Minimum Speed)
  • Cooler Master HAF X
  • SilverStone Raven RV02 (Low Speed)
  • Cooler Master CM 690 II (Full Speed)
  • Antec Twelve Hundred (Minimum Speed)
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Review
  • CM Storm Trooper (High Speed, HDD cage parallel)
  • Xigmatek Utgard (Full Speed)
  • In Win Ironclad
  • Xigmatek Elysium
  • Lian Li PC-8FIR
  • CM Storm Trooper (Low Speed, HDD cage parallel)
  • Corsair Carbide 400R
  • Antec One Hundred (Minimum speed)
  • Fractal Design Define R3
  • SilverStone PS06 (Full Speed)
  • CM Storm Trooper (Low Speed, HDD cage perpendicular)
  • Cooler Master HAF 912
  • NZXT Phantom (Minimum Speed)
  • CM Storm Trooper (High Speed, HDD cage perpendicular)
  • Lian Li V2120
  • Cooler Master CM 690 II (Minimum Speed)
  • Corsair Graphite 600T (maximum speed)
  • Xigmatek Utgard (Minimum Speed)
  • Corsair Graphite 600T (minimum speed)
  • Enermax Hoplite (Minimum Speed)
  • Enermax Hoplite (Maximum Speed)
  • Antec LanBoy Air (Full Speed)
  • CM Storm Enforcer
  • SilverStone PS06 (Minimum Speed)
  • Antec LanBoy Air (Minimum Speed)
  • NZXT H2 (Maximum speed)
  • BitFenix Shinobi
  • BitFenix Survivor
  • NZXT H2 (Minimum speed)
  • BitFenix Colossus (Full Speed)
  • BitFenix Colossus (Minimum Speed)
  • Sharkoon Rebel 9 Aluminium
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  • CPU Delta T
  • GPU Delta T

Case performance - GPU Delta T

Arranged by GPU Delta T

  • Cooler Master HAF X
  • SilverStone FT02R-W (Full Speed)
  • SilverStone Temjin TJ11 (Full speed)
  • SilverStone FT02R-W (Minimum Speed)
  • Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 (Minimum Speed)
  • Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 (Full Speed)
  • NZXT Phantom (Full Speed)
  • CM Storm Trooper (High Speed, HDD cage parallel)
  • SilverStone Temjin TJ11 (minimum speed)
  • CM Storm Trooper (Low Speed, HDD cage parallel)
  • SilverStone Raven RV02 (Full Speed)
  • Antec One Hundred (Full speed)
  • Antec Twelve Hundred (Full Speed)
  • Lian Li PC-V1020
  • SilverStone Raven RV02 (Minimum Speed)
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Review
  • In Win Ironclad
  • Xigmatek Elysium
  • Xigmatek Utgard (Full Speed)
  • Cooler Master CM 690 II (Full Speed)
  • Antec LanBoy Air (Full Speed)
  • Lian LI PC V2120
  • Corsair Carbide 400R
  • Cooler Master HAF 912
  • CM Storm Trooper (High Speed, HDD cage perpendicular)
  • SilverStone Raven RV03 (Maximum Speed)
  • NZXT Phantom (Minimum Speed)
  • Sharkoon Rebel 9 Aluminium
  • Fractal Design Define R3
  • Antec LanBoy Air (Minimum Speed)
  • Lian Li PC-8FIR
  • Xigmatek Utgard (Minimum Speed)
  • CM Storm Trooper (Low Speed, HDD cage perpendicular)
  • Antec Twelve Hundred (Minimum Speed)
  • Antec One Hundred (Minimum speed)
  • BitFenix Colossus (Full Speed)
  • CM Storm Enforcer
  • SilverStone PS06 (Full speed)
  • Cooler Master CM 690 II (Minimum Speed)
  • NZXT H2 (Maximum speed)
  • SilverStone Raven RV03 (Minimum Speed)
  • BitFenix Colossus (Minimum Speed)
  • Enermax Hoplite (Minimum Speed)
  • Corsair Graphite 600T (Full speed)
  • Enermax Hoplite (Maximum Speed)
  • NZXT H2 (Minimum speed)
  • BitFenix Survivor
  • Corsair Graphite 600T (Minimum speed)
  • SilverStone PS06 (Minimum speed)
  • BitFenix Shinobi
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  • CPU Delta T
  • GPU Delta T

Read our performance analysis.