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Test Results

First let’s see the results of each system case, particularly in terms of HDD cooling and noisiness. The HDDs are numbered from top to bottom.

NZXT Phantom, max

NZXT Phantom, min

The Phantom cools the component s well, especially at the maximum speed of its four fans. The large 200mm fan on the top panel was not audible at 300 RPM but could be heard quite distinctly at its maximum 800 RPM. The same goes for the remaining three 120mm fans. Their min and max speeds were 620 and 1300 RPM. The HDDs could also be heard (but we use very noisy 10,000RPM Raptors).

The system case was also tested with a GlacialTech SilentBlade II GT12025-EDLA1 installed at its front panel.

NZXT Phantom, max + front fan

NZXT Phantom, min + front fan

The additional 120mm fan at the front panel doesn’t do much good at the minimum speed of 300 RPM but it definitely helps cool the HDDs better at the maximum 1000 RPM without rising above the overall noise.

NZXT Vulcan, max

NZXT Vulcan, min

The small Vulcan has good results, too, as it has the same 120mm fans as the Phantom. The only difference is that the minimum speed of the fans is somewhat higher here at 750 RPM.

The CPU cooler was working at a constant speed of 1450 RPM. The graphics card’s fan was controlled automatically.

Now let’s compare the two products with each other and with the open testbed.

The system cases are both very good in every test mode. The Vulcan cools some components better, particularly the HDDs, but the difference is negligible really. We can note that even very advanced configurations are going to be cooled well in these system cases while the speed of the system fans can be set to the minimum or a little higher.

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