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We used a Western Digital WD740 Raptor for testing, which as mentioned earlier is one of the hottest-running 3.5” hard drives produced. Although it’s an outdated model, it is well-suited for these tests: if the 3RSystem case and the GUP drive silencer manage to keep this drive cool, they will be able to handle almost any other drive.
We measured noise in three different setups:
All noise measurements were made exactly 70 cm to the left of the hard drive setups, regardless of what else was in between, such as the case or the HDD silencer.
We ran temperature tests on the drive laying on the test bench, inside the 3RSystem L-1100 T.REX case, and inside the GUP Smart Drive Neo. First, we executed IOmeter’s database test, which typically stresses a drive rather well. After a period of 45 minutes, we used Everest 4.6 to read the hard drive’s SMART sensor values to determine temperature.