For cases capable of housing ATX or larger motherboards, we use our standard ATX case test kit, which includes:
We disable the motherboard's onboard CPU fan control and all CPU power management features. The CPU fan is fixed at 7V with an adaptor while the graphics card fan is locked at 70 percent speed using MSI Afterburner. The system is loaded using Prime95 25.11 and Unigine's Heaven 4.0 benchmark. We use Core Temp and GPU-Z to monitor the temperatures, taking the maximum values after 15 minutes - enough time for the readings to plateau. To account for inconsistencies in the ambient temperature at the time of testing, we report the delta T values for both components i.e. the measured temperature minus the recorded room temperature during testing.Please note that we needed to test this chassis with a different PSU to normal due to internal staffing issues. Both the one here and our regular one have similar airflow patterns that should have very little impact on the results, but we want to be as transparent as possible with our testing nonetheless.
September 16 2019 | 14:00