After playing with this unit for a few weeks, I had a few good numbers to report about this total case mod. Please keep in mind, most normal cases don't really reach their normal operating temperatures until it is 'broken' in. That's what we did with this one. Like cars, they only get better over time.
Here are some temperature readings I took after running it through some tests. I took some temperatures with the fans on at full speed and off. Please note in the pictures below that the the face plates on the dvd and cd-rw drive are not painted yet. CDI does provide these services if you are interested in getting the complete case.
I threw in my old Antec KS188 that I hacked a while ago to compare the temperature differences if there were any. They are almost similar in construction except for the larger fans. All tests were taken using our trusty CompuNurse except for the case temperature, that was taken using a regular thermometer. All done of course with the system at full load.
The room temperature was at a constant 27C throughout.
|GT Antec KS188 (on)
|CDI Inwin Alaska (on)
That's some sweet stuff! I thought my old case was a great cooling creation, but this case seems a bit prettier and cooler than I had suspected. The case and MB temperatures are close, but the video and CPU temperatures are about 5 degrees less in both counts. This is most likely due to the 2 120mm Panaflos directly over the video and cpu.
One of the major selling points of this case in my opinion is the noise level coming out of the case. There is a low hum and that's about it. This is definitely a case that won't be splitting your ears while you sleep.
Aside from the obvious cooling abilities of the case, the price factor may play a role in your buying decision. Even though this may be the absolute best looking case or best modded case you can get, it does carry a high price tag. But I do believe, if you have the money to spare in getting that complete case modification with the works, this is the one to get. Everything is pre-modded, all you need to do is throw your system in there and the rest is already done.
Thanks to Roman over Computers Divine for sending us this incredible sample. If anyone has any questions about the Inwin Alaska complete case mod, give him a call and he'll be more than happy to help you out.