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Although a chassis may never decrease your temperatures, it does have the ability to help remove any heat from building up within the system; simple thermodynamics are developed in every chassis, it’s as simple as hot air rises. The Matrix has a lot of features to help get fresh air into the system, with its slotted side panel to allow air to flow towards graphics cards and an optional 90mm fan that can be installed to guide air towards the CPU. With the all mesh front panel, air can certainly flow thru freely and the ability to install 80, 90, and even 120mm fans in the front of the chassis certainly can help bring in all that air.
As for exhausted air, the Matrix offers a large high flow 120mm fan directly above the back I/O ports. Tall passive heatsinks can easily be ducted towards this fan to help pull the exhausted air out of the chassis without the need of additional fans. Considering many powersupplies have fans at the bottom or the back of the PSU to pull exhausted air out of the chassis and out the back of the PSU, the Matrix offers enough room between the top of the motherboard or the back of any drives installed for the PSU to take advantage of thermodynamics and remove the exhausted air.
I would like to establish a baseline for future reviews, but during testing of this chassis I haven’t had my test bed at it’s fullest. I’m going to hook up a thermal probe, record the ambient temperature, air temperatures just in front of the fan on the heatsink, a fan near the exhaust of the power supply and rear fan, and of course, the processor temperatures at idle and load. With the results I will see how much of a temperature difference there is between idle and load which will help compare thermodynamics between different chassis. It is not the most scientific method available, as components will change over time, but none the less, let’s see the results.
- Intel Celeron D, 320 2.4 GHz @ 3.6 GHz
- Cooler Master Eclipse Heatsink
- ASUS P5WD2 Premium WIFI TV Edition
- 2 x 1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2
- OCZ GameXstream 700W
- Sapphire X800 GTO2 @ 600/630
- NEC DVD RW drive
- 80GB Hitachi Deskstar SATA2 drive
- Antec HDD Cooler