Cooling Performance

As we mentioned in the review, our test graphics card wouldn't quite fit in the DS380 so we used a GeForce GTX 750Ti instead. In addition, we had to use an SFX PSU instead of our usual ATX model - this was graciously provided by SilverStone in the form of its SST-ST45SF-G PSU. This means that neither the CPU or GPU delta T's are directly comparable to our other cases on test. However we've included the CPU delta T graph as a rough guide on how well the case deals with an overclocked processor. We could have removed the drive bay and installed our usual mini-ITX case test graphics card but then this would skew results further and ignore the impact of the hot swap drive mount on cooling.

SilverStone DS380 Review SilverStone DS380 Review - Cooling Performance

Our mini-ITX test kit includes:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K overclocked to 4.3GHz using a vcore of 1.3V.
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
  • RAM: 4GB Kingston DDR3 1600MHz memory
  • PSU: Enermax Eco 82+ 620W PSU
  • CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS 8900 low-profile cooler


While some cases can house larger coolers, for the results to be comparable, we needed to pick a cooler that was going to fit in as many cases as possible. We therefore opted for a low-profile cooler. This will give a good idea of how well the case is able to remove heat from the system - our primary concern in case testing - although you can probably expect to achieve better results by using a larger cooler if the case in question supports it.

The system was loaded using Prime95 and Unigine's Heaven benchmark. We used Realtemp and GPU-Z to monitor the temperatures, taking the maximum values when the readings had plateaued.

Case performance - CPU Delta T

Arranged by CPU Delta T

  • SilverStone Raven RVZ01
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (max speed)
  • BitFenix Prodigy
  • Silverstone Sugo SG08 (min speed)
  • Silverstone FT03-Mini
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (max speed)
  • Cooler Master Elite 130 Advanced
  • Lian Li PC-TU200
  • Corsair Obsidian 250D
  • Lian Li PC-V360
  • Lian Li Lian Li PC-Q28
  • SilverStone DS380 (different GPU)
  • In-Win 901 (Zalman ZM-F2 92mm + Noctua NF-F12 120mm)
  • Lian Li PC-V358
  • EVGA Hadron Air
  • BitFenix Phenom
  • Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
  • Antec ISK600
  • Fractal Design Node 304 (min speed)
  • In-Win 901 (no fans)
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    • 41
    • 53
    • 43
    • 48
    • 44
    • 56
    • 48
    • 58
    • 49
    • 47
    • 49
    • 55
    • 49
    • 63
    • 52
    • 46
    • 53
    • 53
    • 53
    • 59
    • 54
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    • 54
    • 44
    • 54
    • 53
    • 54
    • 54
    • 54
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    • 55
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    • 56
    • 51
    • 59
    • 49
    • 77
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  • CPU delta T
  • GPU delta T

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