what's the best airflow quietness case

lukx

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I'm looking for the best on the market pc case that have the best airflow but also quietness ratio. Price doesn't matter.
 

Denpepe

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Imo it's one or the other, but it would also depend on the hardware and what you intend to do with the PC. Gamers nexus usually has good case reviews and they check noise and airflow see pic below for reference
noise-phanteks-p400a-review.png

As you can see Be quiet scores pretty well on the silent part but will do less so on the temperature parts, same with the fractal design define R6. Most of these cases do have decent temperatures, it just depends I guess on which part you value most.
 

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IMO, the best of both worlds is a design like the Fractal R5, R6.

A quiet case with a door. From some testing I have seen, it looks like opening the door brings these cases to near "mesh front" case levels of cooling performance.

So you can get OK cooling and quiet with the door closed, but if you ever find yourself needing more cooling, you can simply open the door...

I just wish they made a smaller R6 in M-ATX, with one 5"1/4 bay and a door. It would be my perfect case. Define Mini C, has no door, and no 5"1/4 bay.
 

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The Best is the CoolerMaster MasterCase SL600M. 2 * 200mm button for superrior ariflow with chimeey effect. Take look at it https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/cases/mid-tower/mastercase-sl600m/
Definitely an interesting case, but the "Chimney Effect" is nonsense when you have two powerful 200mm fans. GN puts the case on it side and it does better without the "Chimney Effect":
https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3384-cooler-master-sl-600m-review-thermals-build-quality-noise
 

Vittra

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I'm sure Steve mentions it in the GN vid, but cases are pressurized enclosures when fans are used, and as such a properly designed case cannot have air naturally rising unless there is a deadzone that airflow isn't passing through. This was a common misconception also in the RV02/FT02 days, though Silverstone themselves weren't making the claim as Cooler Master appears to be.
 

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Be Quiet! has a new release that looks interesting. Pure Base 500: https://www.bequiet.com/en/case/1720

It's a mid-range, mid-tower ATX. No front panel media bays. I'm tempted.

My current case is a Fractal Design Define S (precursor to the S2). It's really cool, and quiet. I only air cool, and it's really designed for water cooling. So, it's a bit bigger than what I'd prefer. And the price was right when I bought it. Great airflow, for sure.
 
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