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Enermax StarryFort SF30 Review: A Smart RGB Case

System Construction in the Enermax StarryFort SF30

The following hardware is installed in the Enermax StarryFort SF30:

CPU AMD Ryzen 1600
CPU cooler Enermax RGB-Wasserkühlung Aquafusion 240mm (ELC-Aqf240-Sqa)
Mainboard ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4
RAM Corsair 16GB DDR4-3000
Graphics card Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium 8GB
Power supply unit be quiet! Straight Power 10 Power Supply 500W CM
Data carrier Two 2.5″ SSDs

The sufficient space above and to the side of the mainboard allows a simple connection of cables. Even longer graphics cards can be easily mounted in the case. But be careful when installing a classic CPU cooler: with a maximum height of 157 mm, some fans don’t fit into the case like a Thermalright Macho.

The room separation between the power supply and mainboard areas and the well-placed cable bushings allow good cable management in the visible area. Furthermore, up to three drives can be mounted invisibly behind the mainboard. Closing the right side is also possible without problems with large cable quantities and good laying. Also the space for the power supply is sufficiently dimensioned and can be extended if necessary by removing the hard disk cage.

During the further installation of the hardware into the case no problems occurred.

Lighting, Cooling Performance and Volume

After installing the hardware and switching it on for the first time, there is the wow effect: The lighting works right away and looks very chic. Especially in combination with the Enermax AquaFusion AiO-Watercooling the case looks very good. The lighting can be adjusted with the reset switch. In addition to some colour change effects, colours can also be set permanently or the lighting can even be completely deactivated.

During the installation it was already determined that the supplied fans are not adjustable, although the fans available in the retail trade almost identically are controllable. The cooling performance is therefore permanently on a good level. But of course this has the side effect that the volume is permanently on the same level.

In the test the volume could surprise despite everything. Yes, the fans are permanently audible and not controllable, but the background noise is not disturbing and there are no background noises to be heard. The case isn’t really silent, but it’s definitely not a troublemaker.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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