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