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Case size makes a huge difference?
« on: July 05, 2016, 08:53:31 AM »
Last year I built a micro-ATX machine:
  • i3-6100
  • Gigabyte GA-H110M-A
  • Strix GTX 950 2GB
  • SanDisk 240GB SSD
  • CORSAIR CX430M
  • SilverStone PS08B ($40)
I just tried moving it out of its micro-ATX case into a mid-tower ATX case (Fractal Design Define S, $70), and the sound level dropped from already-low to almost inaudible.
Is it because I moved to a larger case with easier airflow, or is the $70 Fractal Design that much better (bigger and higher-quality fan, sound-dampened panels)?

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Re: Case size makes a huge difference?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2016, 09:58:08 AM »
Hey changedx!

Great to hear this upgrade made such a big difference. It's actually not so much the size of the case that affects noise levels, but the quality of the build material, fans, fan placement, and noise dampening.

The Fractal Design Define S has much better fans than the budget-priced Silverstone PS08, and also has a solid front panel, which cuts down on noise substantially at the expense of limiting airflow. In most situations this is a good tradeoff, and with your components, it definitely is.

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Re: Case size makes a huge difference?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2016, 10:17:03 AM »
Great to know, thanks!

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Re: Case size makes a huge difference?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2016, 07:18:42 PM »
Changedx: I just did a build listed in my sig below with the Fractal Define D and it is a wonderful case. Very quiet AND roomy.
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Re: Case size makes a huge difference?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2016, 08:41:36 PM »
Yep, I'm going to switch a second PC (same components) to a micro-ATX Fractal Design Define Mini to see if it's as quiet in the smaller form factor.

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Re: Case size makes a huge difference?
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2016, 12:42:00 AM »
I moved the second PC to a micro-ATX Fractal Design Define Mini, and unfortunately it's not as quiet as as the mid-tower ATX Fractal Design Define S.

I do like that the Define Mini includes a fan speed controller, so I can run both included fans at a low speed.  But even so, they are not as quiet as the single fan at full speed in the Define S.

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Re: Case size makes a huge difference?
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2016, 07:02:46 AM »
I moved the second PC to a micro-ATX Fractal Design Define Mini, and unfortunately it's not as quiet as as the mid-tower ATX Fractal Design Define S.

I do like that the Define Mini includes a fan speed controller, so I can run both included fans at a low speed.  But even so, they are not as quiet as the single fan at full speed in the Define S.

This comes down to fan size. The Define S uses 140mm fans, while the Mini uses 120mm fans. Larger fans of the sake quality always run slower and quieter for the same cooling effect.