NZXT Switch 810 Case Review

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Test System and Thermal Test

Test System: Our test system consisted of a Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 motherboard with a Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz) processor, 2x4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 (@1333), ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260, WD 150GB Raptor HDD, and Windows Home Premium x64.

We used Gigabyte’s built-in system monitoring software, EasyTune6, to record CPU and system temperatures (in Celsius) at idle and then again at full load after running Prime 95 for a set amount of time. We averaged the temperatures of the motherboard sensors (there were four detected by the software) to achieve a single number in each category.

The cases included in the below chart were tested using the exact components and software we used for the Switch 810.

Thermal Test
CPU and Motherboard Temps at Idle and Under Load

The NZXT Switch 810 bested or matched the field across the board--though not by much, in several instances--with the sole exception being that the Antec Eleven Hundred kept the CPU one degree cooler under load. These results aren’t incredibly surprising, however, as the Switch 810 comes with four fans (which is how we tested it), whereas the rest of these cases had no more than three.

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