|Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011|
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Lancool PC-K63 Testing and Results
In the following tests I will be comparing the Lancool PC-K63 to the Thermaltake Armor A90 PC case as they are very similar in airflow pattern and layout. I will be measuring the most important components inside the case and these are CPU, VGA and HDD. To test the CPU I will create a load using prime 95 and monitor the temperature using RealTemp v3.60, taking a reading of the idle temperature before I start. To test the GPU I will create a load using MSI Kombustor v1.0.7 and monitor temperatures with GPU-Z v0.5.0, taking a reading of the idle temperature before I start. To test the hard drive I submitted it to a barrage of various benchmarks and monitored the temperature using HWMonitor, all to no real avail as the HDD's temperature really didn't rise that much in either case. Each test is repeated three times for consistency and the average reading is used in the graphs below.
While the PC is idle the Lancool PC-K63 wins over ever so slightly with HDD temperatures, this is likely due to a better intake than the Thermaltake Armor A90. The PC-K63 has two 140mm intake fans to the Armor A90's one 140mm intake fan. The CPU is ever so slightly warmer in the PC-K63 which is odd as I thought the exhaust would be better than the Armor A90. Temperatures reported in these tests are degrees over ambient (Delta) because the tests were conducted on different days and there was a variant of 2C in the ambient room temperature, varying from 23C on day one to 25C on day two.
In the load tests the results are slightly different, The HDD is once again slightly cooler in the PC-K63 but the CPU is still is slightly warmer. There is now a variance between the VGA temperatures and the PC-K63 snatches it here with a 2C lead. The thermal design in the Thermaltake Armor A90 is better suited to your CPU and the thermal design in the Lancool PC-K63 is better suited to components lower down in the case (HDD's and VGA's). With this said the temperatures are very close indeed and both cases cater really well to the needs of the enthusiast.