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TESTING

System Configuration:

Measurement and Analysis Tools

System temperatures and noise levels were recorded with SpeedFan and GPU-Z at idle and on load using CPUBurn (K7 setting) and FurMark, an OpenGL benchmarking and stability testing utility.

Baseline Noise

The Dragon Rider shipped with five fans, three 12 cm UV-reactive models on the top, rear, and front ("FD1212-S3133E," 0.32A), one translucent 12 cm blue LED model on the right side panel ("DFS122512L," 2.2W), and one 22 cm model on the left side panel ("DFS223012M," 0.23A). The 12 cm fans are identical to those found in the In Win BUC while the 22 cm fan is similar to the one that ships with the In Win Maelstrom.

Stock Fan Noise Level
Fan
SPL @1m (dBA)
5V
7V
9V
12V
Top (12 cm)
11~12
13
16
21~22
Rear (12 cm)
11~12
13
15
20
Front (12 cm)
13~14
19
23
28~29
Left Side
(22 cm)
13
16
19
24
Right Side
(12 cm)
12
13
15~16
20
Baseline Noise Level
(front, right side fans fixed at 5V)
Top + Rear + Left Side
14
17
21
27
Measuring mic positioned 1m at diagonal angle left/front of case.

The fans sounded relatively smooth with very little tonality although there was some buzzing at higher speeds. The top fan also produced a clearly audible clicking noise at 9V and below, something we also noticed with the recently reviewed In Win BUC case as well. Steadying the fan had no impact on how it sounded so we suspect that these fans don't react well to being positioned horizontally.

For our baseline noise levels, we fixed the front and right side fans at 5V, as we felt they would make the least impact on system temperatures. We varied the voltage of the other three fans between 5V, 7V, 9V, and 12V during testing to get the best balance of acoustic and thermal performance.


Our baseline noise level for the Dragon Rider's was 17 dBA@1m at 5V/7V.



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