Thermaltake’s intake fan points directly towards the chipset, resulting in remarkably low motherboard temperatures in spite of its higher CPU temperatures. With no fan controller, it was tested only at 12V and tops a chart that’s organized by the average of all three values.
Noise-level measurements put the ball into SilverStone’s court. Its case fans operate at a whisper-quiet 20.5dB and it’s also capable of reducing internal-noise output by nearly 50%.
Putting our temperature and noise-level differences into a percentage scale and then dividing the results allow us to express our cooling-to-noise ratio numerically.
Anyone interested in ultra-quiet computing will definitely be interested in the Fortress 2, along with a relatively quiet CPU cooler to place within it.