Page 1:Nearing The Quiet Gaming Goal?
Page 2:Lian Li PC-B12
Page 3:Inside Lian Li’s PC-B12
Page 4:More PC-B12 Features
Page 5:Building With The PC-B12
Page 6:Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
Page 7:Inside Nanoxia’s Deep Silence 1
Page 8:More Deep Silence 1 Features
Page 9:Building With The Deep Silence 1
Page 10:SilverStone Fortress 2 USB 3.0
Page 11:Inside The Fortress 2 USB 3.0
Page 12:More Fortress 2 USB 3.0 Features
Page 13:Building With The Fortress 2 USB 3.0
Page 14:Test Settings
Page 15:Heat, Noise, And Heat Versus Noise
Page 16:Quality And Value: Part 3 Cases, Analyzed
Page 17:Quiet Gaming Case Quest, Series Conclusion
Part three of our quest for quiet gaming brings us three final enclosures from Lian Li, Nanoxia, and SilverStone. Have we finally found the perfect product to silence a noisy graphics card? We’ll find out by comparing all nine contenders in today's piece.
As unlikely as it may sound, CPU overclocking was the impetus behind our quest. Although they're quieter and more effective, axial-fan graphics coolers spill heat into the case, complicating the already messy CPU-cooling situation. Blower-style graphics coolers reduce internal case heat tremendously, but instead give off large volumes of…volume. While we all like to think of ourselves as tolerant, health organizations have established measurable limits for noise tolerance.
Today we conclude our round-up with big expectations of noise dampening and no price ceiling.
In the event that you missed either Part 1 or 2 of our search for the perfect quiet cooling case, check out the links below; they're our analysis of the first six enclosures in our nine-product exploration:
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 1: Antec, Azza, And Cooler Master
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 2: Corsair, Fractal, And Gigabyte
Deep Silence 1
|Weight||13.5 Pounds||25.5 Pounds||34.2 Pounds|
|2 x 140 mm|
|2 x 120 mm|
|3 x 180 mm|
|1 x 120 mm|
|1 x 140 mm|
(1 x 140/120 mm)
|1 x 120 mm|
(2 x 140/120 mm)
(1 x 140/120 mm)
|3.5" External||None||1x Adapter||None|
|*Shared on 3.5" tray|
**w/o Center Cage
***By Adapter on 3.5" External Backplane
^^Behind top edge
The biggest problem with internally-vented graphics cards is the heat that rises into the CPU cooler. But one of today’s cases is designed to circumvent this issue. SilverStone’s Fortress 2 rotates the motherboard so that all expansion slots (and the power supply exhaust) face the top panel rather than the back of the case, thus expelling all heat in a natural upwards direction. While this non-traditional layout could make the Fortress 2 a perfect solution for axial-fan GPU testing, fairness demands consistency, and so every case is tested using the exact same hardware configuration. Just something to keep in mind as we're comparing enclosures.
First up today is Lian Li's PC-B12. Let’s take a look.
- Nearing The Quiet Gaming Goal?
- Lian Li PC-B12
- Inside Lian Li’s PC-B12
- More PC-B12 Features
- Building With The PC-B12
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
- Inside Nanoxia’s Deep Silence 1
- More Deep Silence 1 Features
- Building With The Deep Silence 1
- SilverStone Fortress 2 USB 3.0
- Inside The Fortress 2 USB 3.0
- More Fortress 2 USB 3.0 Features
- Building With The Fortress 2 USB 3.0
- Test Settings
- Heat, Noise, And Heat Versus Noise
- Quality And Value: Part 3 Cases, Analyzed
- Quiet Gaming Case Quest, Series Conclusion