Antec Sonata Elite ATX Mid-Tower Case

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Test Results - Configuration #1 (IGP only)


Case with test system installed (integrated graphics).

System Measurements (IGP)
State
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Fan Speed
(Rear / Side)
Low / N/A
Low / Low
Noise Level
20 dBA
22 dBA
CPU Temp
31°C
58°C
32°C
58°C
SB Temp
35°C
40°C
34°C
35°C
HD Temp
34°C
33°C
33°C
34°C
CPU fan speed set to 70% (9V).
Ambient temperature: 25°C.

Our IGP-only test configuration added only a small amount of noise, about 1dB to the case's baseline measurements. With only the rear fan set to Low, the system measured 20 dBA@1m. In this configuration, putting the system on load resulted in a 27°C increase in CPU temperature, and a 5°C increase in Southbridge temperature. The addition of the side fan on the Low setting added 2 dB of noise while improving the Southbridge temperature by 5°C on load. No other temperatures were affected by the side fan.

Comparisons

IGP Configuration Comparison (Load)
State
Antec P183
Sileo 500
Sonata Elite
Fan Speed
(Rear / Front or Side)
Low / Off
100% / 100%
Low / N/A
Low / Low
Noise Level
19~20 dBA
20 dBA
20 dBA
22 dBA
CPU Temp
50°C
54°C
55°C
55°C
SB Temp
38°C
37°C
37°C
32°C
HD Temp
37°C
33°C
30°C
31°C
CPU fan set to 70% speed (9V).
Ambient temperature: 22°C.
(temperatures adjusted to match ambient).

Compared to past cases tested with the same test configuration and similar noise levels, the Sonata Elite comes closest to the Coolermaster Sileo 500 in thermal performance, though the Elite's side vent kept the hard drive a slightly cooler. The Southbridge temperature in particular was surprising considering the Elite's unusual ventilation design — it was no worse than the intake-limited Sileo 500 or the Antec P183 which gets ample fresh air from its heavily ventilated front panel.



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