Installation & testing
Removing the left and right side panels of the case was challenge because it took me quite some time and energy to do it. It obviously takes few times to get all parts fit perfectly. Perhaps we were just not lucky with our sample. Closing the side panels wasn’t a problem.
Grabbing the front panel at the bottom in order to remove it according the manual didn’t succeed no matter how hard I have tried and finally I give up. However insertion of the optical drive into the top 5.25″ drive bay was possible, although this is the first time I’ve seen of this issue with the front panel removing.
Whatever the thoughts on that issue were, the Savit 6003 is well designed with no squeaks or rattles as you move it around.
Hard drive installation was done with the double sided tool free bay-clip mechanism on the case frame. I tried to move the HDD to check it has been fixed in place. Installation of the motherboard was easy, simply insert the motherboard I/O back plate, screw in the standoffs according to the included chart, mount the motherboard and screw in the mounting screws. Installation of the VGA has been done with screw free mechanism.
After installing the drives and PCI card, it’s time to install the PSU. The PSU is on the bottom of the case and installation is easy. Simply slide it into place and screw in the mounting screws. Having the PSU to the bottom has its pros and cons. It seems there is more space in the case this way, but it also makes that 4/8 pin connector harder to deal with. It’s harder to find a way to hide it or reroute it anywhere. I have yet to find anything other than running it from the PSU straight to the connector. It could be a little bit tricky to solve this without modification of the casing because the back area is not deep much on places where the cables should go. So interference with the installation of the right side panel, and closing the case exists. At the end we were successful in hiding some cables of our power supply, but it had took some time.
Now, the testing…
Intel i3 540 @3,06 [OC @ 3,82 GHz]
G Skill DDR3 2x2GB Trident Series 2000MHz
Western Digital Black 1TB
Sapphire HD4670 Ultimate 512MB
Corsair TX650 PSU
Operating system Windows 7, 64-bit
Software: AIDA64 Extreme Edition
An assembled system case is tested at ambient temperature of 23°-25 °C.
We connected the system fans via Scythe fan controller and set the speed to maximum first. We set the lower speed of fans (1200 RPM) later to see how would the case perform in low-noise conditions.
We do not change the default configuration of airflows determined by system case design.
The CPU, motherboard, VGA and HDD temperature is read with the AIDA 64 Extreme Edition software after the system was working for half an hour.
Full speed with all the fans @1500 RPM:
Low noise speed @1200RPM:
- 1200RPM front & top fans,
- Rear fan @ 7V
In the Spire case the front panel fan is blowing at the bottom HDDs but not at the top one. The temperature at the 1200RPM was 33°to 35°C depending if idle or load.
Default configuration proposed by Savit, offered very good cooling. Increasing the fan speed to the maximum doesn’t help much and also this increases the noise, too. The default fans are far from silent even at the reduced speed (1200 RPM vs maximum 1500 RPM). The fans become really audible at full speed. Most users won’t find this to be a problem, but people who prefer silent computers will be disappointed.
It is obvious from the results that reducing the amount of ventilation has the strongest influence on increased heating of the graphics card. That was a predictable result because our VGA has a passive cooling. I am sure that if 120mm rear case fan was used at full speed, thermal performance would improve at low-noise test.