GMC Noblesse K-2 Ebony Case

4. iMon Software6. Conclusion


System Setup and Thermal Performance

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 @ 3.5GHz (Stock cooler)
  • Motherboard: Asus P5K-VM @ 500MHz FSB
  • HDD: Seagate ST3500630AS
  • VGA: Sparkle 9600GT
  • PSU: NorthQ Black Magic Flex 650W

In order to test the thermal performance of the case, we took temperature measurements while the system was running, placed on its motherboard box at the desktop and compare them with the readings we got when the system was installed inside the case, fully assembled. We used two external thermal sensors to take readings from the video card (back of the chipset) and ambient temperature. The chipset and CPU temperature readings are taken from the motherboard sensors. Finally, the hard disk drive temperature reading is taken from the internal HDD sensor, via the speedfan utility.

Idle readings were taken after the system was left at the windows desktop for 10 minutes.  Load readings were taken after running PC Mark Vantage for one hour. The stock fans of the GMC Noblesse K-2 are running at their maximum speed.

 
CPU
Chipset
Video card
Hard disk
Ambient
 
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
No Case
41
60
48
58
56
67
40
45
24
24
GMC Noblesse K-2 Ebony
49
69
55
67
60
84
41
46
27
30

Keeping in mind that the K-2 Ebony is primarily designed to be a tower HTPC case, its thermal performance is relatively good. Even though the fans are running at their maximum speed they are still on the slow side, but they also are almost silent. This case should be able to keep all but the most powerful PC systems cool enough, but if you are installing a power-hungry system we highly recommend replacing the stock fans with faster counterparts.

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