Tempered glass panels, RGB lighting, water-cooling support and premium features are all found in Antony Leather’s latest high-end ATX case test
How we test
Our case testing method is simple – use real, overclocked hardware in a standard system to see how cases perform in terms of cooling. Our trusty test gear includes an Intel Core i7-870 overclocked to 3.4GHz using a 1.305V vcore and 1.9V CPU PLL, plus an AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB. This gear is installed into a Biostar TPower I55 motherboard with 4GB of PNY DDR3 memory, a Corsair Force GT SSD and Antec Signature SG-650. While this setup might seem old by current standards, it’s ideal for thermal case testing where the speed of components is unimportant.
The CPU cooler is a modest Gelid Tranquillo, and we’ve replaced the fan with a slow-spinning Noctua NF-S12B ULN, to really highlight the poorest and bestperforming cases. Likewise, we lock the fan speed at 30 per cent on the graphics card to prevent automatic fan control from interfering with the results. We leave each case for 15 minutes, using Prime95 v26.6’s smallfft test ( www.mersenneforum.org) to load the CPU and Unigine’s Heaven benchmark ( https://unigine.com/ products/heaven) to load the GPU. Results are taken from CoreTemp ( www. alcpu.com/CoreTemp) and GPU-Z ( www. techpowerup.com/gpuz) and we subtract the ambient temperature from the results to give a delta T reading, which enables us to test in normal conditions across several days and varying temperatures. We also use a sound meter to gauge the noise each case makes, so we can comment objectively in the reviews.
We test cases in their standard configuration with the included fans; adding more fans will improve airflow, but will cost you more money. This month, as one case doesn’t include any fans, with the manufacturer assuming you’ll want to add your own fans or use a liquid-cooling system, we also test such cases with two 120mm fans to get an idea of how they would perform, and adjust the cooling score accordingly. However, we still award more points for good out-of-the-box performance. We then score each case using weighted calculations for their cooling, design, features and value to give an overall score.