Benchmarks & Final Analysis
The Nova TG’s thermal results were a little shocking, and a stroke of luck was the only thing that allowed the test to complete: A recent cold-snap (of weather) at this test location brought ambient temperature down to 12°C, and the motherboard is set to thermal throttle the CPU at 115°C.
On the plus side, the Nova TG did a sufficient job of keeping the noise of our internal components…internal. Glass side panels are generally good for that, as are fascias that lack forward-facing vents.
High temperatures force a significant loss in our temperature-to-noise comparison. Cold weather was necessary to complete the Nova TG’s thermal evaluation.
The Nova TG’s low price makes it appear a good value in our performance-to-price comparison, in spite of its failing thermal performance.
Since our test hardware far exceeds the thermal maximums of most entry-level systems, we can’t completely recommend against the Nova TG to entry-level system builders. Yet the “entry level” wording should tell you something: BitFenix failed to disprove my observations of a glass side panel adding approximately $30 to a retail price. Instead, the Nova TG appears to be a $30 case with a $30 upgrade.
You may call that brutal, but the glass panel weighs two pounds more than the steel panel on the other side. And if someone were selling you an 11.4-pound, sheet-metal, mid-tower case, you’d certainly label that entry level. But perhaps the biggest indicator of this being a $30 case with a $30 upgrade is its lack of replacement slot covers for the included knock-outs: If you’re building a low-budget system for, say, gaming, by the time you’re ready to upgrade the motherboard you’re probably going to realize the graphics card needs an upgrade as well. And then you might as well leave the system as-is, dedicated to becoming someone else’s hand-me down. Slot cover problem solved.
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