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Test System Configuration

Five Eight-Slot Cases For SLI And CrossFire, Tested
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Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) 3.40 GHz, 8 MB L3 Cache
O/C to 4.50 GHz (45 x 100 MHz), 1.35 V
CPU CoolerThermalright MUX-120 w/Zalman ZM-STG1 Paste
Motherboard
Asus P8P67 Deluxe, P67 Express IPCH, BIOS 1502 (03/02/2011)
RAMKingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (8 GB)
DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-27
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5 GB
700 MHz GPU, GDDR5-3696
Hard DrivesSeagate Barracuda XT 2 TB, 7200 RPM, 64 MB Cache
Samsung 470 Series MZ5PA256HMDR, 256 GB SSD 
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerSeasonic X760 SS-760KM
ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 270.61 WHQL
ChipsetIntel INF 9.2.0.1019


Our current test configuration was specifically chosen to match that of our most recent quiet case roundup. The previous article contained two eight-slot cases, and matched configurations allow readers to precisely compare performance between the cases in both articles.

Samsung’s 470-series 256 GB and Seagate’s 2 TB Barracuda XT drives combine to address both performance and capacity needs.

Kingston’s 8 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 kit provides adequate performance and good value among high-density modules.

Asus' P8P67 Deluxe holds our Core i7-2600K processor stable at 4.5 GHz, even under less-than-ideal thermal conditions.

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 480 supplies the two things a case review needs in mass quantity: heat and noise. Sparkle was kind enough to supply a sample.

Benchmark Configuration
Prime95 v25.864-bit executable, Small FFTs, seven-threads
FurMark 1.6.5Windowed Mode, 1920x1080, 4x AA, Stability Test
Maximum temperature
RealTemp 3.40Average of maximum core readings at full CPU load
Galaxy CM-140 SPL MeterTested at 1/4 m, corrected to 1 m (-12 dB), dB(A) weighting
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