by Rory Buszka on October 4, 2007 in Cases & PSUs
If you’re not into silent PCs, then the AcoustiCase 340 probably isn’t for you. If that comment piques your interest, read on and find out why this case is a good choice for those who have the goal of reducing the noise output of their PC. We put it to the test, both thermally and sonically.
When it comes to building a silent rig, thereâ€™s no doubt left in our minds that the AcoustiProducts AcoustiCase 340 gets it done. Most of the caseâ€™s silencing abilities come from the AcoustiPack open-cell foam damping material that is applied to nearly every interior surface. Its ability to silence â€˜ordinaryâ€™ cooling components inside the case means that the AcoustiCase makes it much easier to build a silent system, with fewer specialty components being required. The case also performed admirably in thermal testing, beating out our reference Antec SLK3700 mid-tower. We didnâ€™t find the basic chassis lacking in any of the basic features that make system-building easy, either â€“ the AcoustiCase 340 offered all the conveniences we expect in a mid-tower case, without any needless extravagance.
There were a couple things we didnâ€™t like so well, however. The case itself was fairly Spartan as cases go, and lacking in visual appeal â€“ itâ€™s clear that compelling aesthetics were an afterthought. We question the wisdom of going with one of Rosewillâ€™s plainer-looking cases as the basis for the AcoustiCase, and would have much preferred to see a higher-quality (or at least more exciting-looking) case used. We know that the AcoustiCase is targeted toward a different sort of enthusiast who seeks silence and a more subdued computing experience, but NZXT offers a case with foam damping panels thatâ€™s much more aesthetically exciting than the AcoustiCase.
With these conclusions in mind, we award the AcoustiCase a Techgage score of 7/10. Given the fact that you can buy all the acoustic treatments separately (AcoustiFeet, AcoustiPack, elastomeric fan mounting studs), weâ€™d prefer to modify a case of our own choosing than to buy the AcoustiCase â€œkit”. Still, you could do far worse for a silent machine.
- Solid construction
- Decent feature set
- Easy to work with
- Excellent noise reduction
- Depressingly plain aesthetics
- Some assembly required
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