Four 10-Slot Cases For Four-Way SLI, Tested And Reviewed

Test Settings

Test System Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-980X Extreme: LGA 1366, 3.33 GHz, 12 MB Shared L3 Cache
Overclocked to 4.00 GHz (40 x 100 MHz), 1.30 V
CPU CoolerRosewill Fort120
MotherboardGigabyte GA-X58A-UD9: Intel X58 Express Chipset, LGA 1366, BIOS F3 (05/28/2010)
RAMKingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX (6 GB), DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1333 CAS 7-7-7-20
Graphics4 x GeForce GTX 580: 772 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4008, SLI
Hard DriveWestern Digital Velociraptor WD3000HLFS, 300 GB, 10 000 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 16 MB cache
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerAntec High Current Pro HCP-1200
ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 280.26 WHQL
ChipsetIntel INF 9.2.0.1019


Gigabyte’s X58A-UD9 provides the top-end CPU and four-way SLI support we needed to fully evaluate each case’s cooling and noise-blocking performance. A lack of front-panel USB 3.0 support is its only weakness, though the company and several competitors are currently launching newer boards to address that issue.

The Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200’s eight 30 A, 12 V rails provide ample power for our four GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards and overclocked Core i7-980X CPU.

Benchmark Configuration
Prime95 v25.864-bit executable, Small FFTs, Seven-threads
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.1.0, Extreme Preset, Graphics Test 1, Looped
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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  • 4 way sli is too damn excessive! but anyway nice builds
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  • The enermax looks like a carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
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  • damn those cases look huge, in a good way.
    i am pretty sure i could live in the top apartment compartment of the azza case. it has in built cooling, water supply if one is using water cooling, a bottom grill window and so on. ;D
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  • I just wish I could find the Azza Fusion 4000. >:\

    I could really take advantage of the dual mobo feature.
    Just stick a i5-i7 Mini-ITX system in the top for thin clients, servers for gaming at lans etc..

    Then use the more powerful bottom system with a KVM switch and use whichever you want for whatever task you intend to perform. :)

    That's what I would do anyway.. I might get thumbed down but that's my use.
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  • wow!!! azza 4000 is best solution for four way sli/cfx
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  • I know it's not a cpu/graphic card review, but come on ... 980X & 4 580s beg for performance numbers
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  • I would also love to see some benchmarks for those four 580s.
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  • Does anyone actually know a place in the US you can get the Azza? I can't seem to find one.
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  • I think the Enermax case is really sharp. The Thor isn't bad looking but the Armor is god awful. I don't like the aesthetics of the Azza case, but I bet the top portion could be put to use as a housing for a pretty wicked water cooling setup! That's what I'd do anyway.
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  • The toms guys are without ideas. Why not make a competition looking for de pc cheapest-fastest?
    Spaniard
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  • 148803 said:
    I think the Enermax case is really sharp. The Thor isn't bad looking but the Armor is god awful. I don't like the aesthetics of the Azza case, but I bet the top portion could be put to use as a housing for a pretty wicked water cooling setup! That's what I'd do anyway.


    carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18722
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  • metallifuxThe enermax looks like a carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
    Only the looks
    metallifuxcarbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=18722
    Great, I'd love to see you put two power supplies and a 9-10 slot configuration in the 8-slot single PSU case!
    SpanihardThe toms guys are without ideas. Why not make a competition looking for de pc cheapest-fastest?Spaniard
    If you'd actually READ any of the previous Tom's Hardware case roundups, you'd know that your suggestion is a rather old idea.
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  • Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?
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  • darkstar845Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?


    I'm pretty sure it would.
    They would draw maybe 200-250W each?
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  • Can we get some full load temps on the quad SLI?
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  • darkstar845Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?

    200W for CPU, mobo, ram, HDD and fans, which should be enough for a good build, but not enough for a large RAID array or anything

    Rally Toms? No performance charts for Quad SLI? And what about running Quad SLI on a new SB-E with all of those beautiful PCIe Lanes to spare! Nothing would make my day quite like seeing how sadly my single 570 stacks up to 4X580 lol.

    Also, as I said in the initial case review; those are all beautiful cases except for the Thermaltake... just what where they thinking?
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  • LOL, I guess I should not have used the less than and more than signs in my post above! I meant to say that the 580's take a little less than 250W, meaning you have roughly 1000W for graphics, leaving 200W for the rest of the system
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  • metallifuxcarbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=18722


    I was going to say the same thing.
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  • Why would I spend $1000 for an old processor?

    How about seeing the Sandy Bridge-E setup? That would seem more appropriate for a modern quad sli set up.
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  • Bought the 10-slot Armor+ last year & been loving it ever since. Best case I ever had. I want to get another one for my next build.

    PROS: Things I do love about this case:
    1. It's built solid
    2. Plenty of room, easy to build in (it's huge!!)
    3. Love how the door open's, so easy, works flawless
    4. wanted 10 slot case for future upgrades
    5. vents in the front keep out the dust very well, and easy to clean
    6. PSU support bar so PSU doesn't flex your case (not that it would, thick metal)
    7. plenty of storage (drawer on top, and in front, + I added one)
    8. Love the usb ports, power (reset is too small) on top, perfect place, easy to access.
    9. ect. ect. ect.

    CONS: There are a few things about it that I don't like:
    1. The side window, I prefer a plain window so I can see inside.
    2. Don't like the card latches, pulled mine off.
    3. Wish there were more holes in the m.b. tray for cpu backplate and wire routing.
    4. Would have been nice to have Watercooling slots near the bottom (i drilled mine)

    But these are only negatives for me, other people might like these features.

    Again, this is the best case i've ever had. And I am planning on getting another one. My next build I am gonna take my time building, and I'm planning on modding the crap out of this case. Just waiting till tax time to roll around again. Anyways, anyone interested here is a video of my system and my gaming room. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfs97z5zOk
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