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Cooler Master Elite 130 - Cooling Performance

Cooler Master Elite 130- Cooling Performance


Due to the fact this is a mini-ITX case, we haven't been able to use our usual test hardware and as such, our results, and therefore cooling scores aren't directly comparable to any of the micro-ATX or full-size cases we've reviewed. We'll be adding to these results from now on though.

Our test kit includes:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K overclocked to 4.3GHz using a vcore of 1.3V.
  • Graphics card: GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
  • RAM: 4GB Kingston DDR3 1600MHz memory
  • PSU: Enermax Eco 82+ 620W PSU
  • CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS 8900 low-profile cooler


While some cases can house larger coolers, for the results to be comparable, we needed to pick a cooler that was going to fit in as many cases as possible. We therefore opted for a low-profile cooler. This will give a good idea of how well the case is able to remove heat from the system - our primary concern in case testing - although you can probably expect to achieve better results by using a larger cooler if the case in question supports it.

The graphics card fan was locked at 70 per cent speed and the system was loaded using Prime95 and Unigene's Heaven benchmark. We used Realtemp and GPU-Z to monitor the temperatures, taking the maximum values when the readings had plateaued.

Case performance - CPU Delta T

Arranged by CPU Delta T

  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (High Speed)
  • BitFenix Prodigy
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (Low Speed)
  • Silverstone FT03-Mini
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (High Speed)
  • Cooler Master Elite 130 Advanced
  • Lian Li PC-TU200
  • Lian Li Lian Li PC-Q28
  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (Low Speed)
    • 41
    • 53
    • 43
    • 48
    • 44
    • 56
    • 48
    • 58
    • 49
    • 47
    • 49
    • 55
    • 49
    • 63
    • 53
    • 59
    • 55
    • 56
    • 59
    • 49
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
°C, lower is better
  • CPU delta T
  • GPU delta T

Case performance - GPU Delta T

Arranged by GPU Delta T

  • Fractal Design Node 304 (High Speed)
  • BitFenix Prodigy
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (LowSpeed)
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (High Speed)
  • Cooler Master Elite 130 Advanced
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (Low Speed)
  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
  • Silverstone FT03-Mini
  • Lian Li PC-Q28
  • Lian Li PC-TU200
    • 49
    • 47
    • 43
    • 48
    • 59
    • 49
    • 41
    • 53
    • 49
    • 55
    • 44
    • 56
    • 55
    • 56
    • 48
    • 58
    • 53
    • 59
    • 49
    • 63
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
°C, lower is better
  • CPU delta T
  • GPU delta T