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Re: Antec's open air Skeleton PC case is so breezy
Nothing short of active cooling is better at keeping a PC cool then a standard open-air rack. Components like high-end vid. cards heat up because they're crammed onto mobos and dont catch airflow unless they're contained. But in a properly setup rack system they'd get better cooling overall.
As for noise; rack-systems are usualy put in closets. :) problem solved
the case just seems impractical most likely get better airflow in a closed case
I think the idea of this case is that airflow isn't as important. It's open so any hot air floats up and away instead of being trapped inside (if the case has poor airflow). It uses less fans so it's quieter and the fans are larger diameter.
HDDs and video cards would make noise regardless of the case type. Sometimes they make noise just because they vibrate the case. Cases don't insulate against noise very well. They're very thin walls that don't have anything special to contain sound. There's very little difference if I take off the side panel on my case. It's still fairly quiet.
I would still wait for reviews to see what kind of noise is generated by the components in this kind of design. What really concerns me though is the case's footprint. It's not a tower design so you're going to need a lot more space for the case.