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.