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Test System Configuration

Six Low-Noise, Performance-Oriented Cases, 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
MotherboardAsus 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


Performance users usually prefer SSDs for their OS and frequently-used programs, yet those SSDs are rarely large enough to store all of the files a user wants to have on-hand. We added Seagate’s 2 TB Barracuda XT to Samsung’s 470-series 256 GB drive to address both performance and capacity needs.

Because Antec’s 2.5” mount was located in a manner that prevented any cable connection to the SSD, we were forced to load software on the slower HDD in today’s test.

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), dBA weighting
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