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Test Results

When testing the Thermaltake Element G and AeroCool XPredator, we set the fans at minimum and maximum speed using the fan controllers. The Cooler Master HAF 922 doesn’t have such controllers, so we connected its fans to the mainboard in Silent mode.

Thermaltake Element G, min

The Thermaltake cools the components well enough even at the minimum speed of its fans.

Thermaltake Element G, max

When the fans get faster, the system case becomes just a little noisier and cools the components even better. Every temperature decreases by 1-2°C. Considering that the main source of noise in the Element G is the hard disks, we guess that running the fans at the maximum speed is quite appropriate. You may only want to move the controller’s knob to its leftmost position when you want complete silence.

The Thermaltake is especially good in terms of cooling the HDDs, mainboard’s chipset and graphics card. The HDDs benefit from the large vent grids and the slim dust filter of the front panel fan. The chipset and graphics card are cooled by the large side-panel fan which is missing in the other system cases by default.

AeroCool XPredator, max

The HDDs get very hot in the AeroCool at the minimum speed of its fans. The rest of the components have normal, even though not ideal, temperatures.

The problem with the HDDs is that the front fan is unable to push the air through the thick layer of foam rubber that serves as a dust filter.

The unassuming results in terms of the other components can be explained by the weakest default cooling system among the three tested products.

AeroCool XPredator, min

When the fan speed is set at the maximum, the XPredator lowers the temperature of the HDDs by 7 to 14°C depending on their position and test type. Its results are now comparable to those of the Element G.

The rest of the components do not benefit much from the increased speed of the fans. This can only be helped by installing more fans.

Cooler Master HAF 922

As opposed to the AeroCool XPredator, the Cooler Master does not call for further improvement. It copes well with its job of cooling the components. It even keeps the CPU temperature lower than the compact Thermaltake Element G with its numerous fans. And the Cooler Master’s fans are rotating at a much lower speed!

It’s clear that the HAF 922 can beat the Thermaltake in other temperatures if not limited to the mainboard’s Silent mode (except for the chipset temperature because you can’t lower it much without a side-panel fan).

Finally, we can show you diagrams that compare the tested system cases with the open testbed:

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