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Case Basics & Recommendations

Cases|Damping | Reference|Recommended
Our reference article about cool & quiet computer cases, updated June 29, 1015. For those eager to peruse the recommended lists immediately, they are on page five.

NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

Cases|Damping
The Source 530 abandons much of style NZXT is known for in favor of relatively pedestrian looks and an open airflow scheme. Though not designed as a quiet case, it nevertheless is one through sheer cooling efficiency.

Define R5 tested at Orfield Labs, World’s Quietest Place!

Internet News

In an obvious PR move, Fractal Design tested the acoustics of their Define R5 case in the anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories, widely described as the quietest place on earth. A comprehensive report is posted at their website: http://www.fractal-design.com/home/justsilence. The gist of their report can be reduced to this: A system that measures 28.7 dBA @ 0.5m in free air measures 7.5 dBA lower when installed in a Define R5 case. That seems like a good result, and we rate the R5 highly, but without any comparables, it's not exactly a definitive result. We don't know how much attenuation other cases would provide in the same test.
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SilverStone FTZ01: Mini-ITX Fortress

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Fortress FTZ01 takes the Raven RVZ01's internal design and wraps in an aluminum exterior to create a more elegant slim mini-ITX gaming case.

Thecus W4000+ Windows Powered 4-Bay NAS

Storage
The line between NAS and server is blurred with the Thecus W4000+, a 4-bay unit running Storage Server 2012. 4GB of RAM and a 60GB SSD are included to help bear the load of Windows but an older Atom processor holds it back.

Kingston HyperX Savage 480GB SSD

Storage
Powered by a Phison S10 controller, 256MB of DDR3 cache, and 19nm Toggle-mode NAND Flash, the HyperX Savage is positioned as Kingston's new high-end consumer SATA SSD.

SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Cases

Cases|Damping
Like their predecessors, the latest iterations of SilverStone's Grandia line offer all the capabilities of a proper desktop computer in a horizontal HTPC style case.

NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower

Cases|Damping
For a US$70 tower case, the NZXT S340 is surprisingly well built, attractive, and usable. It offers a level of refinement not usually available at this price-point.

Fractal Design Node 202 Compact Gaming Case

Cases|Damping
Fractal Design's Node 202 is a compact mini-ITX case that takes a SFX power supply and has space for a full-sized dual slot video card. It's a 10 Liter HTPC style enclosure with ambitious gaming aspirations.

SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q Budget Tower

Cases|Damping
The SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q is a modestly sized budget tower that follows the tenants of quiet case convention by having a mostly sealed off exterior, a single quiet fan, and padded side panels.

Scythe Ninja 4: A Legend Reborn

Cooling
Armed with an updated design and a modern mounting system, the Ninja 4 is the first truly worthy successor to the CPU cooler that shot Scythe to the forefront of PC geek name recognition a decade ago.

Antec Signature S10: A Second Coming?

Cases|Damping
The Signature S10 may mark a dramatic resurgence in the PC market for Antec. This beast of a tower features thick aluminum side doors, a separate drive compartment to improve cooling, and a lofty $499 price.

Gigabyte X99-UD4P Haswell-E Motherboard

CPUs|Motherboards
The Gigabyte X99-UD4P is a high-end E-ATX LGA2011-v3 motherboard with 4-way SLI/CrossFire support, a healthy number of storage options, and an eclectic set of lighting effects, all at a relatively modest price.

Logic Supply ML100G-10 Fanless NUC PC

Complete|Mobile Systems
Employing a 7.5W Bay Trail SoC and a bulky NUC chassis, Logic Supply's latest fanless PC is an energy efficient yet rugged machine well-suited for industrial/commercial applications.

Antec P100 Case: Performance One on a Budget

Cases|Damping
The Antec P100 is a slimmed down, budget version of the P280, an attempt to bring Performance One to the US$70 price-point.