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Old September 8, 2008, 09:32 PM
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Anyone seen this case before? Its suppose to come out this month.

Link: NZXT. Products.

Do you think it would be worth switching over from a CM690? Since I leave my computer on at night and its in my room, I perfer a silent computer.
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Old September 8, 2008, 09:35 PM
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An Antec P182 with some sound foam would do the same thing.
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Old September 8, 2008, 10:01 PM
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Yeah, but the Whisper costs less than an Antec P180, plus the cost of sound dampening.
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Old September 8, 2008, 10:14 PM
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Ugh, as an audio engineer I cringe when I see things like that egg carton foam being sold as 'sound dampening'. Long story short, foam like that will only dampen certain frequencies. The Antec P series cases are actually better because I think all but I'm certain at least the P182/180 both layer aluminum and plastic in the case, which to a degree will dampen a broader range of frequencies than the useless egg carton foam that is in that NZXT case. That's just low density packing foam.

When you see foam in recording studios it isn't there to absorb sound energy across the board. It's specifically there to capture specific frequencies that build up due to the dimensions of the room. There is NO foam solution you can put inside a case that will properly dampen sound. It just goes against physics. All foam in a case does is insulate HEAT.
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encorp: Thanks for that info. I too have been looking at purchasing the NZXT Whisper case. Regardless of the foam lining, I do like it due to the FULL Size case (compared to that mid size of the 180). Plus you can't really beat the price. Do you recon it's best to remove the foam lining?
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I DO NOT like the PSU layout on this. Because of the harddrive bays, you will need some pretty darned long 24 and 4+4 pin MOBO power connectors. Like, longer than needed in the P180, which is Quite long indeed. Other than that, it looks....Ok. The front looks nice, but it is cheapo plastic. The vents do pretty much nothing. All the vent holes in the back totally ruin any effect the sound deadening foam accomplishes. This is a budget case trying to be more than it is. Not recommended.
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