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New Silverstone Sugo 14 SFF Case Review

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Thermal Testing Methodology

Small form factor computers are notoriously hot, so it is important to know if your case has any significant thermal restrictions.  To test the Silverstone Sugo 14’s thermal performance, the following components were used:

Processor Intel i7 6700K 91W TDP
Motherboard Asus Z170i Pro Gaming
Cooler Asetek 120mm OEM AIO
Graphics Card Asrock RX5500 Phantom Gaming 150W TDP
Power Supply Silverstone ST75F-PT
Storage Hitachi 1TB Hard Drive

While these components are far from the hottest on the market, they should accurately represent the heat output of a modestly powerful gaming system with a dual fan graphics card cooler and a 120mm AIO cooler for the processor.  The components were subjected to three cycles of stress testing using CPUID’s CPUZ and MSI’s Kombustor to keep both the processor and graphics card at full load.  At the end of each cycle, the temperature of the processor package, processor cores (expressed as a range between the coolest and hottest cores), and graphics card were measured and the system was allowed to cool for half an hour before the next cycle.

Thermal Testing Results

The following are the results of the thermal testing.

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Cycle # Initial Temperatures Ending Temperatures Change
1 Package: 24°C

Cores: 20-23°C

Graphics Card: 29°C

Package: 60°C

Cores: 57-60°C

Graphics Card: 61°C

Package: 36°C

Cores: 37°C

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Graphics Card: 32°C

2 Package: 24°C

Cores: 19-22°C

Graphics Card: 30°C

Package: 61°C

Cores: 57-61°C

Graphics Card: 62°C

Package: 37°C

Cores: 38-39°C

Graphics Card: 32°C

3 Package: 24°C

Cores: 19-22°C

Graphics Card: 29°C

Package: 59°C

Cores: 57-60°C

Graphics Card: 62°C

Package: 35°C

Cores: 38°C

Graphics Card: 33°C

The Sugo 14 performed well in this test, with all of the components staying well within the range of safe operating temperatures.  You should not need to worry about thermals in this case unless you are using extremely power-hungry high-end components.

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