|Chassis||HEXUS Review||Reviewed Price||Product Page|
|be quiet! Pure Base 500DX||April 2020||£90||bequiet.com|
|be quiet! Silent Base 802||January 2021||£160||bequiet.com|
|Corsair 4000D Airflow||September 2020||£80||corsair.com|
|Corsair 5000D||January 2021||£140||corsair.com|
|Deepcool CL500||August 2020||£80||deepcool.com|
|Deepcool Gamer Storm Macube 310P||January 2020||£70||gamerstorm.com|
|Fractal Design Define 7||February 2020||£145||fractal-design.com|
|Fractal Design Define 7 Compact||June 2020||£107||fractal-design.com|
|Fractal Design Meshify 2||November 2020||£129||fractal-design.com|
|Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact||February 2021||£97||fractal-design.com|
|MSI MPG Sekira 100R||October 2020||£120||msi.com|
|Thermaltake V250 TG ARGB||May 2020||£70||thermaltake.com|
HEXUS Chassis Test Bench
|Hardware Components||HEXUS Review||Product Page|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||March 2017||amd.com|
|CPU Cooler||Fractal Design Celsius S24||May 2017||fractal-design.com|
|Motherboard||MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium||-||msi.com|
|Memory||G.Skill Flare X 16GB DDR4||May 2017||gskill.com|
|Graphics Card||Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition||April 2017||sapphiretech.com|
|Power Supply||be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 (750W)||May 2015||bequiet.com|
|Storage Device||Corsair 240GB Force Series MP500 M.2 SSD||-||corsair.com|
|Monitor||iiyama ProLite X4071UHSU-B1||January 2016||iiyama.com|
|Operating System||Windows 10||-||microsoft.com|
Our test platform is based around an all-AMD combination of Ryzen 7 1800X and Radeon RX 580. AMD's eight-core, 16-thread processor is stock clocked and installed beneath a Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid cooler. The CPU is joined by 16GB of G.Skill Flare X DDR4, while the Radeon RX 580 GPU is provided by Sapphire in Nitro+ Limited Edition guise. Power for the entire system comes courtesy of a 750W be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 supply.
To find out how well the comparison chassis can cool the AMD-flavoured build, we log CPU temperature while encoding a large 4K video clip using the popular HandBrake software utility. This task puts heavy load on all available CPU cores and we extend the stress test by queueing multiple passes. In order to provide a stabilised reading we then calculate an average temperature from the last few minutes of encoding.
To get an idea of graphics-card cooling performance, we log GPU temperature while looping the F1 2017 benchmark at a 4K resolution with ultra quality settings. Last but not least, we also measure chassis noise by using a PCE-318 noise meter to take readings both when idle and while gaming. The meter is positioned 35cm from the front of the chassis in a direct line of sight 30cm from the ground.
All chassis are tested only with the standard manufacturer-supplied fans (any/all of which are set to a low-noise curve in the MSI BIOS or low-speed using a fan controller if present), and to take into account the fluctuating ambient temperature, our graphs depict both actual and delta temperature - the latter is the actual CPU/GPU temperature minus the ambient.