The usual standing test that I like to perform was missed for this case as it was obvious that it wouldn’t be able to take my weight. That’s not to say it’s not well made, but aluminium isn’t the strongest material.
There aren’t any LED fans or any lights to be exciting about with this case which is fitting with its destiny of either being rack-mounted or being sat on a professional’s desk.
The sound output of the case isn’t great. Even though the 120mm fans spin at only 1500RPM, they still manage to make the most noise in the case. It’s not terrible, but due to the design of the case, you are likely to be using it underneath your monitor, or at least close to you. It’s made of aluminium which doesn’t do a great job at dampening the sound so you’ll soon get annoyed if you are used to silent computing.
For the thermal testing of the case, I covered the top panel ‘blowhole’ as if the cover was still in place. I ran the PC in idle for 30 minutes, and then fully loaded the CPU with Orthos, ran full screen RTHRIBL and performed a low-level HDD scan for another 30 minutes.
For the idle results, the PC-C32 managed 34C CPU, 29C ambient, and HDD 29C. Once the electrons started flowing, the CPU hit 55C, ambient rose to 35C and the HDD sat at 40C.
Compared to the NZXT Apollo, this case keeps your hard discs cooler, but your CPU a little hotter (remember P4’s run hot). Noise wise, the Apollo is quieter by a long way which is odd considering the difference in cooling.