Antec Sonata Elite ATX Mid-Tower Case

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TESTING

System Configuration:

Measurement and Analysis Tools

System temperatures and noise levels were recorded with SpeedFan and GPU-Z (if possible) at idle and on load using 4 instances of CPUBurn K7 to stress the CPU and FurMark with the Xtreme Burn option (if possible) to stress the GPU.

Baseline Noise

Noise measurements were made of the case with the two supplied fans at standard switch settings in various configurations. The air cavity resonances inside a case amplify fan noise, as do any vibrations transferred from the fans into the case, so these measurements can be regarded as the baseline SPL levels for the Sonata Elite with the stock fans.

Antec Sonata Elite Baseline SPL
Measuring mic positioned 1m at diagonal angle left/front of case.
rear exhaust
side blower
SPL
Low
N/A
19 dBA
Med
N/A
29 dBA
High
N/A
35 dBA
Off
Low
18 dBA
Off
Med
25~26 dBA
Off
High
33~34 dBA
Low
Low
21~22 dBA
Med
Med
29 dBA
High
High
37 dBA

The side blower turns out to be quieter overall than the TriCool fan pre-mounted in the rear exhaust placement. The perceived noise is low and smooth when either (or both) fans are set to Low, though the side fan develops a slight tick on Low. Neither fan would be deemed acceptable in a quiet PC if set to Medium or High.



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