Lighting & Velcro Straps
When you power your system on you’ll notice the strip on the power supply mount light up. This strip uses a 3-pin addressable header so you can easily connect it to your motherboard for software control. Even with this lighting I would say you do need a either another RGB strip or some RGB fans to really light up the inside of the case.
As I mentioned earlier there are velcro straps on the back edge of the case. These are to manage all of your cables including your power cable. This is a great thing and from what I’ve seen Fractal Design is the only company doing this.
Here is the breakdown of the test system we use for cases.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-Pro
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming
Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4-3200 16GB
Storage: Lexar NQ100 480GB
Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion+ 2 Platinum 860W
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 2
Case: be quiet! Pure Base 500DX
We will be using AIDA64 for temperature readings and a RisePro Sound Level Meter to record sound levels. Sound levels are taken 5 inches from the front of the case as well as from the side of the case. Keep in mind with this case the fan speeds remain the same. These are not PWM fans so even when we put full load on the system the fans will not ramp up like other cases.
Idle readings are taken on the Windows 10 desktop after the system has been on for 1 hour. Load readings are taken using AIDA64’s system stability test with both the CPU and GPU selected. First up we have our temperatures for both the CPU and GPU.
And for our noise levels…