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Gelid DarkForce Case Review

Gelid DarkForce Case Review


GELID DarkForce Case Review

Gelid DarkForce – Installation and Performance

Installation

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The DarkForce case is reasonably compact however there are no issues with space in the main chamber where a standard ATX board fits without a problem. Our Radeon 6950 also fitted without issue, not even covering the wiring holes and with these components in place we continued the install.

To add the PSU we simply slot it into place, secure with screws on the back and tighten the Velcro strip around it. Our wiring can then be passed through the closest hole to the rear of the motherboard and from there minimal amounts of wiring passed back through to ensure a neat and tidy build.

Card and drive installation was equally easy, just a few screws for each and we were ready to go.

Performance

AMD FX-8150
AMD Radeon 6950
ASUS 990FX Motherboard
4x4GB Patriot DDR3-1600
Hitachi 3TB SATA
Gold Certified PSU
Xilence Cooler

Case temperatures were measured using AIDA64, Realtemp GT and GPUz after 10 minutes of the case sitting with no activity and 10 minutes of each load test. Load was applied to the system using Prime95 and Furmark. Ambient room temperature during testing was 30°C.

(NOTE: The object of this test is not to compare the results with alternative products as there are too many factors which can impact thermal performance.)



Results


In terms of performance the DarkForce produces some good results for component temperatures however the real stand-out is the noise level. Gelid have installed some very quiet fans, so quiet in fact we couldn’t record a noise video for them.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.