SilverStone Fortress FT03 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅05-04-12
Thermal Performance Testing

Since FT03 is designed to cater for a maximum form factor of mATX a new system has been dropped into the case using the new Z77 chipset (ASUS Maximus V Gene). With no other cases to compare against the temperatures will have to be taken as they are. Inside FT03 there are 3 pre-installed fans. These fans are located at the top and bottom of FT03 and will push airflow up and out of the chassis. FT03 has been designed with heat dissipation in mind and it will be interesting to see whether this case will extract heat well.

To discover the thermal performance of the FT03 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.

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

System Components
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K
Motherboard ASUS Maximus V Gene
Graphics XFX R7970 Black Edition
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz
HDD Samsung Spinpoint 500GB SATA-II
PSU FSP Aurum GOLD 650W

THERMAL PERFORMANCE WILL BE REVALED AFTER INTEL Z77 NDA HAS LIFTED


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