Lian Li V1010 Aluminium PC Case
We decided to change the hardware for the testing phase to make sure the case got a thorough work-out and was pushed to its limits.
Graphics Card: ASUS HD 4870X2
Motherboard: Asus P5K3 Deluxe
Hard Drive: 1x Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM
CPU Heatsink: OCZ Vendetta II
The following setup was used, which is a fairly high-end system by today's standards. To make sure the cooling was representative of how it would arrive to you, no extra fans were added to improve cooling at all.
Temperature readings for the CPU were taken using OCCT, GPU via ATITool and System / Hard Disk via digital thermal probe. While we fully understand that the results taken using software applications may not be entirely accurate, they serve only to display the comparative differences between the two cases when tested under the same conditions.
To give you some comparison on results, we compared the v1010 to the Cooler Master ATCS 840, which we reviewed recently. This too had its 'stock' cooling configuration to keep things fair.
Unfortunately, the v1010 was beaten across the board by the ATCS 840. It wasn't by much however, and the v1010 still put in a valiant effort.
As the load increased, the results were similar. The ATCS outperformed the v1010 by around 3-6 degrees, which isn't a massive margin. The cases are quite different, so the slightly higher temperatures aren't terribly worrying. The system was still perfectly stable.