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   We're going to test this case by recording some temperatures.  Our test rig is used, but with a higher speed CPU, a 1.4Ghz AMD Thunderbird.  It runs on our IWill KK266, Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB and evga GF2 MX 32mb Video Card.  The hard drive used is the IBM DJNA 22.0GB unit (old but trusty).

   These were obtained using the temperature probe from Radio Shack and our CompuNurse temperature probe.  CPU full load is just running RC5 for about 45 minutes, a few 3dMark 2001 benches and some rounds of Counter Strike:

   The room temperature was at a constant 27C through out.

Models

Case

Motherboard Video CPU
GT Antec KS188

29C

31C 39C 46C
CDI Inwin Alaska

27.3C

29.5C 34C 44C
3DCool Hellstorm 2k 27.9C 30C 34.6C 45.1C

   The Hellstorm 2000 was pretty close to our other full tower case, the CDI Alaska.  This most likely is due to the fact that both companies used the same case.  Even though the temperatures were a bit higher, that does not mean the case is at all bad.  The Hellstorm does come with fewer fans, but cools about just as well for a lower price.

   Some of you may wonder why there isn't a window kit.  Well, you can definitely order the Hellstorm with a window kit, so this unit can be customized for a price.  Do realize, customization does come at a higher price tag, so check before going in for the kill.

   One of the biggest selling points of the Hellstorm would most likely be the automotive finish on the case.  The last time I saw this done was on an Enermax case we reviewed in our round-up.  If a case could keep that shine for a while just by having me wax it a bit, that's a case I'd like to own!

   Thanks to Lisa over 3DCool for hooking us up with a test unit.  Support a fellow New York vendor!  That finish is reason enough to plunge for it!

  Pros:
  • Incredible finish
  • Large and roomy case
  • Includes 4 fans
  • Adequate cooling

  Cons:

  • No thumbscrews
  • Fan Bus would have made it easier to control fans in one spot
  • Rear fan grills are not cut out, may restrict airflow

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