Cooling Performance

Our mini-ITX 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 Unigine's Heaven benchmark. We used Realtemp and GPU-Z to monitor the temperatures, taking the maximum values when the readings had plateaued.

**Please note that due to GPU length limitations, we have tested the Raijintek Metis with an Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini, so the results are not directly comparable to the other ones listed**

Case performance - CPU Delta T

Arranged by CPU Delta T

  • SilverStone Raven RVZ01
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (max speed)
  • BitFenix Prodigy
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (min speed)
  • Silverstone FT03-Mini
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (max speed)
  • Cooler Master Elite 130 Advanced
  • Lian Li PC-TU200
  • Corsair Obsidian 250D
  • Lian Li PC-V360 (micro-ATX)
  • Lian Li PC-Q28
  • In-Win 901 (Zalman ZM-F2 92mm + Noctua NF-F12 120mm)
  • Lian Li PC-V358 (micro-ATX)
  • EVGA Hadron Air
  • BitFenix Phenom
  • Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 (micro-ATX)
  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
  • Antec ISK600
  • Raijintek Metis (w/ Asus GTX 970 Mini) (fan reversed)
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (min speed)
  • BitFenix Pandora (micro-ATX)
  • Corsair Graphite 380T (max speed)
  • Corsair Graphite 380T (min speed)
  • SilverStone Precision PS09 (micro-ATX)
  • Raijintek Metis (w/ Asus GTX 970 Mini)
  • In-Win 901 (no fans)
    • 41
    • 46
    • 41
    • 53
    • 43
    • 48
    • 44
    • 56
    • 48
    • 58
    • 49
    • 47
    • 49
    • 55
    • 49
    • 63
    • 52
    • 46
    • 53
    • 53
    • 53
    • 59
    • 54
    • 44
    • 54
    • 53
    • 54
    • 54
    • 54
    • 57
    • 55
    • 50
    • 55
    • 56
    • 56
    • 51
    • 57
    • 59
    • 59
    • 49
    • 60
    • 53
    • 61
    • 46
    • 64
    • 50
    • 69
    • 77
    • 72
    • 59
    • 77
    • 65
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
°C, lower is better
  • CPU delta T
  • GPU delta T

Case performance - GPU Delta T

Arranged by GPU Delta T

  • In-Win 901 (Zalman ZM-F2 92mm + Noctua NF-F12 120mm)
  • SilverStone Raven RVZ01
  • Corsair Graphite 380T (max speed)
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (max speed)
  • Corsair Obsidian 250D
  • BitFenix Prodigy
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (min speed)
  • Corsair Carbide Air 240 (micro-ATX)
  • Corsair Graphite 380T (min speed)
  • Antec ISK600
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (max speed)
  • Lian Li PC-V360 (micro-ATX)
  • Lian Li PC-V358 (micro-ATX)
  • EVGA Hadron Air
  • BitFenix Pandora (micro-ATX)
  • Cooler Master Elite 130 Advanced
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (min speed)
  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
  • BitFenix Phenom
  • Silverstone FT03-Mini
  • Raijintek Metis (w/ Asus GTX 970 Mini) (fan reversed)
  • Raijintek Metis (w/ Asus GTX 970 Mini)
  • Lian Li PC-Q28
  • Lian Li PC-TU200
  • In-Win 901 (no fans)
  • SilverStone Precision PS09 (micro-ATX)
    • 54
    • 44
    • 41
    • 46
    • 61
    • 46
    • 49
    • 47
    • 52
    • 47
    • 43
    • 48
    • 59
    • 49
    • 55
    • 50
    • 64
    • 50
    • 56
    • 51
    • 41
    • 53
    • 53
    • 53
    • 54
    • 53
    • 54
    • 54
    • 60
    • 54
    • 49
    • 55
    • 44
    • 56
    • 55
    • 56
    • 54
    • 57
    • 48
    • 58
    • 57
    • 59
    • 72
    • 59
    • 53
    • 59
    • 49
    • 63
    • 77
    • 65
    • 69
    • 77
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
°C, lower is better
  • CPU delta T
  • GPU delta T

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