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SilverStone Kublai KL04 Case Review

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Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The testing methodology for this review follows the basic outline of most of my CPU reviews, so I’d recommend taking a look at those for some great background information on some of the things that factor into testing a CPU cooler. The idea here is to see how each 240mm water cooler performs in the same orientation in the KL04. For this comparison, each cooler will be tested in an exhaust configuration without any fan controls (fans at 100% RPM). Using AIDA64 Extreme Edition’s System Stability test on the CPU and after a “burn in” initial run, the stability test will be allowed to run until temperatures plateau. After recording the ambient temperature, I’ll begin recording CPU temps for one minute, then use the maximum temperature reached on any core as the result (after subtracting the ambient temperature to get the change over ambient/delta T temperature).

Test System

  • Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO 2.0 R2
  • System Memory: 8 GB GSkill Ares DDR3
  • Processor: AMD FX-8320 @ 4.6GHz 1.428V(LLC)
  • Audio: On-Board
  • Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950
  • Disk Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 240GB
  • Enclosure: SilverStone KL04
  • PSU: Rosewill Hybrid 750W
  • Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid LCD 1920×1080 120Hz
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

Results

KL04_H220_1

First up: the Swiftech H220. Temperatures hit a max of 25.6 C over ambient in the KL04, which was very similar to the test bench result of 25.7 C as a “floor intake” in the NZXT H630. Note that the two are not directly comparable, as the H220 was used as an exhaust in the KL04 and intake in the H630. The TD02 was tested in both cases as an exhaust though…

KL04_TD02

…where it hit a max of 21.8 C in the KL04 and 26.4 C in the H630. That’s pretty significant, especially considering the H630 is a full-tower enclosure with much more volume and a 200mm intake fan (the top mounted 200mm exhaust fan I use for testing coolers is removed when a 240mm rad is mounted up top). Overall, it looks like the KL04 should allow for some excellent temperatures! Kudos to SilverStone’s engineers for managing to cram this much performance into a mid-tower.


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