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Test Results

The computer cases we’re testing today offer little flexibility in terms of HDD and fan placement. We can only tell you that we installed the SSD into the topmost bay of the Corsair Obsidian 250D, leaving the bottom 2.5-inch bay empty (you can see this in our photos, though).

The Corsair does a good job cooling our components. Our apprehensions about the drive rack do not come true. It is only at continuous random-access load that one of the HDDs gets more than 40°C hot, which is considered the top comfortable level for HDDs. We have no doubt that modern energy-efficient HDDs will be comfortable at any loads in this computer case.

The high speed of the fans should be taken into account, though. The temperatures are going to rise if you slow the fans down.

The SilverStone cools our drives even better. Well, it just cannot accommodate a second HDD and its fan is located closer to the drive bays.

The other components have almost the same temperature as in the Corsair: the CPU is somewhat hotter but the mainboard and graphics card are colder at high load. That’s an excellent result considering that the Sugo SG05 is cooled by a single fan which works at a lower speed than either of the two fans in the Obsidian 250D.

The following diagrams help compare the results with those of the open testbed:

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