Xigmatek Nebula C Review

Written by Antony Leather

February 12, 2015 | 11:45

Tags: #best-mini-itx-case #cube-case #cube-itx-case #mini-itx #mini-itx-case #mini-itx-review #small-mini-itx-case

Companies: #xigmatek

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.

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
  • Thermaltake Core X1
  • 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
  • Xigmatek Nebula C
  • Antec ISK600
  • Raijintek Metis (w/ Asus GTX 970 Mini) (fan reversed)
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (min speed)
  • BitFenix Pandora (micro-ATX)
  • Parvum Systems X1.0 (Max speed)
  • Corsair Graphite 380T (max speed)
  • Parvum Systems X1.0 (7V)
  • Parvum Systems X1.0 (5V)
  • 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
    • 50
    • 49
    • 52
    • 46
    • 53
    • 53
    • 53
    • 59
    • 54
    • 44
    • 54
    • 53
    • 54
    • 54
    • 54
    • 57
    • 55
    • 50
    • 55
    • 56
    • 56
    • 49
    • 56
    • 51
    • 57
    • 59
    • 59
    • 49
    • 60
    • 53
    • 61
    • 44
    • 61
    • 46
    • 62
    • 44
    • 64
    • 44
    • 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

  • Parvum Systems X1.0
  • 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
  • Xigmatek Nebula C
  • Thermaltake Core X1
  • 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)
    • 64
    • 44
    • 54
    • 44
    • 41
    • 46
    • 61
    • 46
    • 49
    • 47
    • 52
    • 47
    • 43
    • 48
    • 56
    • 49
    • 50
    • 49
    • 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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