|CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Gaming Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Sunday, 08 November 2009|
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CM Storm Sniper Testing & Results
Testing the cooling performance of a case is not that difficult, but it is time consuming. It takes a long time for component temperatures to reach steady state. They'll get to within a degree or two within 10 minutes, but they continue to climb, almost imperceptibly, for 3-4 times that long. It's not that any one component is getting that much hotter; it's the combined effect of all the components feeding off one another that causes the slow rise to the final maximum temperature.
For the load tests, I used a mix of applications that I've used for benchmarking in the past and I'm familiar with how they stress individual components. No one application gives the maximum load for all components, so the load temps reported here are the maximum each piece of hardware reached during the testing. For comparison, I have the results from previous testing of the SilverStone FT01BW and the CM Storm Scout.
Both cases were tested with the same hardware and software configuration. Cable management was optimized for each case, based on the internal layout and features available. Note for those looking back in the archives: I used a different set of hardware the first time I tested the SilverStone FT01BW, so the results from that test are not comparable.
Enclosure Test Products
Neither of the comparison cases have fan controllers, so their fans were run at 100% speed for all tests. The SilverStone FT01BW did not have the option of adding a side panel fan, the CM Storm Scout did, and I tested it in both configurations. As I mentioned earlier, there was no clearance for a fan in the upper side position on the Scout, but the lower position could be used to feed cool air to the video card(s). All temperatures are reported as measured, in degrees Celsius, and the ambient temperature for all tests was 24C. I had to turn the heat way up to match my summer temps... Let's look at the results:
The idle results for the CM Storm Sniper BE are lower for every subsystem. This is hardly surprising, given the amount of air flowing through the Sniper case with all three 200mm fans blowing.
The load results speak for themselves, but they don't give a true sense of the performance capability of this case. In order to do that, I'd have to load it up with a 65nm QuadCore and three GTX285 video cards, with exposed heat sinks dumping all that GPU power into the case. That would be the true test of this gaming chassis; for now, I tested it with the same configuration I tested the two previous cases with, just to get an even comparison. Unfortunately, there is no comparison. Neither of those cases would be my first choice for a monster gaming rig, while the Sniper would certainly be a top contender.