Spire Pininfarina Mid-Tower ATX Case
Published: 28th March 2007 | Source: Spire Coolers | Price: |Testing
The following system was used to test the thermal abilities of the Spire Pinifarina case:
• Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
• ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA
• 1GB Crucial Balistix PC6400
• XFX 7800GT with Arctic Cooler NV5
• Sliverstone ST60F
• WD Raptor 150GB
When installing the PSU, I ran into a bit of trouble. As a stated before there was plenty of space for ATX size PSUs, but getting too the screw holes on the back proved a bit more of a challenge. In the end I had too remove the back panel to be able too get a screwdriver in there. This required fiddling with some rather sharp, stubborn metal clips.
This case is advertised as ‘Extreme cooling’ and ‘completely silent’ when it comes to cooling. The case sports a fair range of fans. There’s three 80mm fan positions, two of which are filled by spire fans, and one open to add your own. The spec tells us that there is a 120mm fan mounted in the front that sucks air into the case. While inspecting the setup I noticed the fan was actually 140mm.
I'll now see how the thermals of the case perform with my test system. To find the idle temperatures the computer was left to sit for an hour, and temperatures then recorded. To cause my components to produce as much heat as possible I ran 3Dmark06’s standard tests for an hour, with [email protected] running in the background to ensure all CPU cycles were being used up. Ambient temperature was 21 throughout the testing.
As we can see this system faired up quite well when it came to temperatures, all being well within operating limits. The 3 case fans provide plenty of airflow to keep the system cool at both idle and load.
As for the noise levels, it was far from ‘completely silent’. While the noise it output was quite bearable, if you were trying to watch a film quietly or play a game without disturbing anyone else in the house it would case an annoyance to strain your ears over the fans. Upon further experimentation I discovered the majority of the noise in the case was due to the 140mm fan mounted at the front, while the two 80mms contributed to a lesser extent but still emitted a fair whir. The very tight fit on the hard drive also meant that the noise from its seeking was amplified throughout the case.