Air flow vs silent based cases- Gamers Nexus

Enclosures and acoustic damping to help quiet them.

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whispercat
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Air flow vs silent based cases- Gamers Nexus

Post by whispercat » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:16 pm

Steve Burke from Gamers Nexus takes on the question of whether you can achieve the same quietness in an open mesh case as you can in a silence-focused case:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6jxiE2GQpY

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Re: Air flow vs silent based cases- Gamers Nexus

Post by Alex11223 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:18 pm

They tested powerful gaming PC in BeQuiet 601 with stock 2 fans, doesn't seem like a fair comparison, it shouldn't be used like that.

Also there are other noises besides fans: coil whine, HDD vibration, ...
Maybe BeQuiet is better for that.

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Re: Air flow vs silent based cases- Gamers Nexus

Post by Olle P » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:07 am

I agree that the shown "test" doesn't answer the given question. Not one bit!

The key factor is power consumption:
- For high power builds (>250W or so) an open design is better unless thy use a custom water loop with a large external passive convector for cooling.
- Very low power builds (<100W) can be all (near) passively cooled with no problems.
- For moderate power builds a "closed" design will provide sufficient air flow and dampening.

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