Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case

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TEST CONFIG #1 (IGP only)


Case with test system installed (integrated graphics).

System Measurements (IGP)
State
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Fan Speed
(Rear / Top)
Low / Off
Off / Low
Noise Level
21 dBA
22 dBA
CPU Temp
31°C
59°C
31°C
59°C
SB Temp
35°C
38°C
35°C
38°C
HD Temp
35°C
38°C
36°C
38°C
CPU fan speed set to 70% (9V).
Ambient temperature: 26°C.

Our IGP-only test configuration measured 21 dBA with the rear fan on low, and 22 dBA with the top fan on low. Thermally, the two setups were almost exactly the same — there's no advantage to using one over the other with a simple IGP-based system, even with a high performance CPU. The top fan produces slightly more noise, but one may find its acoustic character preferable to the rear fan, depending on proximity.

Comparisons

IGP Configuration Comparison (Load)
Case
P183*
Sonata Elite
Nine Hundred Two
Rear Fan
Speed
Low
Low
Low
Noise Level
19~20 dBA
20 dBA
21 dBA
CPU Temp
50°C
55°C
55°C
SB Temp
38°C
37°C
34°C
HD Temp
37°C
30°C
34°C
CPU fan set to 70% speed (9V).
Ambient temperature: 22°C (results adjusted accordingly)
*P183 tested with Antec CP-850 power supply

The Nine Hundred Two in its quietest test configuration produces approximately the same amount of noise as the last two Antec cases we tested, the Sonata Elite, and P183. The P183 boasts a 5°C advantage in CPU temperature over the other two. The Nine Hundred Two provided the best cooling for the motherboard, posting a 3-4°C lead in Southbridge temperature probably due to the case's extra ventilation. The Nine Hundred Two also posted a good hard drive temperature, 3°C better than the P183, but can't compete with the Sonata Elite — its side vent is its only source of intake and is directly behind the hard drive compartment.



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