|Chassis||Form Factor||HEXUS Review||Reviewed Price||Product Page|
|Antec P380||Full-tower||May 2015||£160||antec.com|
|be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900||Full-tower||June 2016||£200||bequiet.com|
|be quiet! Silent Base 600||Mid-tower||October 2015||£94||bequiet.com|
|Cooler Master MasterCase 5||Mid-tower||August 2015||£90||coolermaster.com|
|Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5||Mid-tower||June 2016||£180||coolermaster.com|
|Cooler Master Silencio 652S||Mid-tower||May 2015||£75||coolermaster.com|
|Corsair Carbide Series 100R SE||Mid-tower||June 2015||£50||corsair.com|
|Corsair Carbide Series 400C||Mid-tower||January 2016||£80||corsair.com|
|Corsair Carbide Series 600C||Mid-tower||December 2015||£120||corsair.com|
|Corsair Carbide Series Air 740||Cube||September 2016||£135||corsair.com|
|EVGA DG-87||Full-tower||August 2016||£220||evga.com|
|Fractal Design Define S||Mid-tower||April 2015||£70||fractal-design.com|
|Nanoxia Deep Silence 5||Full-tower||September 2015||£115||nanoxia-world.com|
|NZXT H440 New Edition||Mid-tower||January 2016||£90||nzxt.com|
|NZXT S340 Elite||Mid-tower||October 2016||£90||nzxt.com|
|SilverStone Raven RVX01||Mid-tower||February 2016||£65||silverstonetek.com|
HEXUS Chassis Test Bench
|Hardware Components||HEXUS Review||Product Page|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-3570K (quad-core, overclocked up to 4.40GHz)||April 2012||intel.com|
|CPU Cooler||be quiet! Dark Rock 3||-||bequiet.com|
|Motherboard||Asus Sabertooth Z77||-||asus.com|
|Memory||8GB G.Skill Ripjaws-X (2x4GB) DDR3 @ 1,600MHz||-||gskill.com|
|Graphics Card||2x EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC in SLI (2x 4GB)||April 2015||evga.com|
|Power Supply||be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (750W)||July 2012||bequiet.com|
|Storage Device||120GB SanDisk Extreme SSD||March 2012||sandisk.co.uk|
|Monitor||Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00)||-||philips.co.uk|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||October 2012||microsoft.com|
Our Z77 test platform consists of an ASUS Sabertooth motherboard, an Intel Core i5-3570K processor overclocked to 4.4GHz, a be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU cooler, 8GB of G.Skill Ripjaws-X memory and two factory-overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC graphics cards in an SLI configuration.
To find out how well the chassis can cool this particular setup, we log CPU temperature while encoding a large 4K video clip. This task puts full load on all available CPU cores and we extend the stress test by carrying out multiple passes. In order to provide a stabilised reading we then calculate an average temperature across all cores from the last five minutes of encoding.
To get an idea of graphics-card cooling performance, we log GPU temperature while playing Tomb Raider at a 4K resolution with ultra quality settings and SLI enabled. Last but not least, we also measure chassis noise by using a PCE-318 noise meter to take readings when idle and while gaming.
All chassis are tested only with the standard manufacturer-supplied fans (any/all of which are set to 'silent' in the Asus BIOS or low-speed using a fan controller if present), and to take into account the fluctuating ambient temperature, our graphs depict both actual and delta temperature - the latter is the actual CPU/GPU temperature minus the ambient. For the record, the ambient temperature while testing the NZXT S340 Elite was recorded as 19.3ºC.