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DIYPC Trio-GT-RGB Case Review: A Shining Value

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Benchmark Results and Conclusion

Comparison Products

We tested the DIYPC Trio-GT-RGB with our Intel Core i9-7900X test platform. For comparison, we brought in the NZXT H700i, the Cougar Panzer EVO RGB, the be quiet! Dark Base 700 and the Cooler Master MasterCase H500M with similar sizes and feature sets.

Benchmarks

Triple 120mm intake fans coupled with the 120mm exhaust fan provided ample airflow to the components in our test system, despite the small size of the intake vents on the sides of the front panel. The result was CPU temperatures that maxed at 59 degrees Celsius over ambient. These results put the Trio-GT-RGB ahead of the majority of other cases used for comparison and dead even with the Cooler Master MasterCase H500M--a case that costs $200. GPU temperatures maxed out at 50 degrees Celsius over the ambient room temperature, solidly in the middle of the pack.

We took sound pressure level readings with two off-the-shelf dB meters from two different angles. With the fan speed set at the maximum 1,200 rpm, our test system registered a just 29.5dBA at idle. With the test system under load, sound output increased to 32.1dBA. These results aren't surprising, given the size of the fans and the amount of tempered glass panels.

Cooling efficiency and noise levels are both ways to measure performance. Determining acoustic efficiency, also referred to as cooling-to-noise ratio, is a matter of averaging all five of our tests to determine a base value. Great thermal performance, combined with a low noise output, make this chassis easy to recommend.

Bottom Line

Considering everything the Trio-GT-RGB offers, combined with its low price, it’s an impressive case that should be on your short list.The filtration system is its only major drawback. Sure, the case lacks a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, but at $90 or less, can you really complain? Most motherboards still lack a connector for front USB-C anyway. Most cases with similar features, performance and RGB lighting are far more expensive. Add in the fact that this case can currently be found for $70 at various online retailers, and we wholeheartedly recommend the DIYPC Trio-GT-RGB, even with its minor flaws.

Image Credits: Tom's Hardware

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  • Antiphonal
    The fan/rgb controller uses a 12v connector to the motherboard. In other words, NOT ARGB. Also, the fans have two speeds (again, from the controller) - Low and High. There is no ability to use motherboard PWM control for them.
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