Our thermal performance testing has recently been revised and therefore the list of comparable results are for the moment limited. But as we progress through cases the results will expand.
Inside 300R there are 2 pre-installed fans positioned in traditional airflow regions. A front intake 140mm fan – bringing in air from outside and pulling it across the system and out through the 120mm rear exhaust fan.
To discover the thermal performance of the 300R I will record idle temperatures after 20 minutes from a cold boot. I will then stress the system and temperatures will again be monitored after 30 minutes have elapsed. Fan controller will be set to high for all fans.
For the purpose of accurate analysis the idle and load temperatures for CPU and GPU will be recorded and the range between idle and load will be calculated to determine how efficient cooling is.
NOTE: Ambient temperature is 20C
CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS M4A89TD PRO
Graphics ZOTAC NVIDIA GTX 480 AMP
Memory 4GB Mushkin EM3-10666 DDR3
HDD Samsung Spinpoint 500GB SATA-II
PSU FSP AURUM GOLD 650M
The fans used within the 300R are actually fairly quiet under operation which is surprising since there are lots of perforated mesh areas for the noise to escape.