Rosewill edges out NZXT in temperatures, thanks to its inclusion of two additional fans. The small difference between these similar cases appears to indicate that intake fans offer little benefit in temperatures, though the LED on Rosewill’s model does add a bit of show to an otherwise ordinary-looking case.
SilverStone had the highest temperatures and lowest noise levels, showing us the tradeoff between cooling and noise. Extra fans push the Challenger to third place in noise, with its intake fan (not present on competing models) positioned closest to the sound meter.
This is where AreoCool’s “cool” ventilated side panel hurts it most. Tiny differences in full system noise levels between low-fan and high-fan modes prove that the shell does little to contain CPU and GPU noise. Remember that underneath the skin, the VX-R uses a design similar to the PS05B.
Our “Acoustic Efficiency” calculations use the average noise level for all cases and the average temperature for all cases as baselines for comparison. Dividing the baseline temperature by each case’s measured temperature gives it a higher percentage score for lower temperatures, while dividing each case’s measured noise level from the baseline gives the noisiest cases a higher “penalty” percentage.
Comparing temperatures to noise puts Rosewill back in the lead, with the NZXT Gamma close behind.
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The Antec 300 is the only case in the roundup that doesnt look and feel like your buying a cheap ass case. It is well worth the extra money and I dont think anyone should really consider building with anything less.Reply
stm1185The Antec 300 is the only case in the roundup that doesnt look and feel like your buying a cheap ass case. It is well worth the extra money and I dont think anyone should really consider building with anything less.Reply
Have you actually used an Antec 300? The quality is only average. Plus it lacks a lot of features that all the others have. Seems pretty cheap ass to me.
Note I've used one Antec 300 and two Rosewill Challengers in different builds. Quality wise I would put them pretty close, the Antec 300's paint finish is like sand paper, where the Challenger is smooth, however the Antec 300 has slightly thicker metal. Feature-wise, its no comparison, and everyone who saw them together preferred the challenger.
Nice review Tom's. Hopefully you will move on to some more gamer class cases ($50-$100).
Awesome article toms. Appreciate it :DReply
"Rosewill destroyed NZXT’s value leadership goals by putting a greater number of fans in an otherwise-similar chassis at the same price."Reply
Except that the NZXT gamma costs $7 less shipped (current and suggested prices) and has for a while now.
I hope the HAF 912 get reviewed and compared. And centurion 590... but that is old and tom's did something with it a while agoReply
I love my NZXT Gamma (mostly cos no floppy slot and mate finish), although as mentioned, u need to buy fans, 6 fan slots but only 1 included.Reply
Its pretty cool how cheap cases nowadays can top cases like the Antec 900 in some aspects.Reply
no offense to anyone who owns one of these cases, but all four of those cases are really ugly. All but the rosewill looks like a busted up autobot.Reply
Well, you showed us 4 cases, but truly just two designs. The NZXT and Rosewill are almost identical, while the AeroCool and Silverstone are as well. You could have paired each general design together and pointed out their subtle differences simultaneously.Reply
If I were truly on a tight budget, I might consider one of these designs. But, it's easily argued that there are higher quality and more feature-rich cases (that don't cut any corners like grommets, fans, filters, etc.) within a $20-$30 earshot of these.
I love my Gamma because I got it for $35 with a $25 MIR(which I received). Can't complain about a $10 dollar case, eat it 300!Reply