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I then prepared the test computer in the Tsunami Dream case. This model almost doesn’t differ from the Soprano in the internal design, so its results in the tests can be regarded as those of the Soprano. I also installed the additional side panel with a fan to check the effect of that fan on the airflows inside the case. As for the case’s standard ventilation, it is provided by two 120mm low-speed fans which should be quite sufficient for a system case of that size.

The only thing that surprised me was something like a dust filter in the front door:

There’s just no use from this filter at all. It is one centimeter and a half away from the fan and is shaped badly. Moreover, the air stream through this filter is minimal. Considering the width of the vent slits in the front panel, you can guess that almost all air from the outside will be taken in through the slit at the bottom of the door, bypassing the filter. So there’s only one positive point about this solution – you won’t have to clean this filter often.

This system case is larger than the SViking, so our test system was quartered in it quite comfortably.

I have absolutely no complaints about the internal design of the case. You have access to every component and have some place to tuck excess cables to even when two or three 5.25” devices are installed. There’s only one thing I have gripes about – the expansion cards locks:

It seems a good solution at first – each card has an independent lock – but the locks don’t open wide, making it difficult to install a dual-slot card. Moreover, this fastening isn’t too strong – the card is rather loose even when the lock is closed.

So, if you don’t often replace your expansion cards and you want them to be properly fastened in the system case, you may want to remove the plate with the locks and fasten the cards with screws.

The system assembled, we can proceed to our tests.

 
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