Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case

Performance - The best airflow case on the market?

Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case

Cooling Performance  

Thermal performance is an essential factor for any PC case. Your system may look fantastic and seem silent from the outside, but all of that is for nought if your PC has the internal temperature of an oven. Your PC case needs enough airflow for your components to remain cool under load and to prevent any form of thermal throttling. For our test, we used the following hardware using fixed fan speeds (so that only the case and its included fans can influence thermal performance).


Fractal Torrent
Intel i9-9700K @4.8GHz at 1.2V
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming @ 100% Current Capacity/ LL lvl16
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition @ 9V via Fan Speed Reducer
Nvidia GTX 980 Reference @ 60% Fixed Fan Speed
Corsair LP Vengiance LP (Grey) @ 3200MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD
Corsair RM550X Power Supply

The graph below showcases Delta temperatures with a controlled ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

Max Fan RPM Test

In our thermal testing, the only variables that we set are the enclosure and the speed of the enclosure's included fans. We use a hit-running CPU with a compact cooler and a graphics card with fixed fan speeds to ensure that only internal case airflow can impact thermals. 

With the Torrent, it is clear to see that Fractal's Airflow-focused design has had an impact on our system's thermals, giving us the lowest CPU and GPU thermals that we have ever seen using this hardware configuration. Frankly, the results speak for themselves. 

Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case  
Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case  

1000 RPM Fan Test

Lowering our system's fan speeds to 1,000 RPM results in a minimal increase in GPU and CPU thermals, but not enough to make higher fans speeds seem worth it. With Fractal's 180mm fans maxing out at 1200 RPM, it's not surprising that turning these fans down to 1,000 RPM has a minimal impact. 

Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case  
Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case  

600 RPM Testing - Wow!

We have never seen thermals this low at our 600 RPM fan tests. Frankly, we are amazed. These are the best results that we have seen from a modern enclosure. Nothing else even comes close. The Fractal Torrent is the best low RPM airflow case that we have ever used. 

Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case  
Fractal Torrent Review - The Ultimate Air-Cooled Case  

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Most Recent Comments

18-08-2021, 14:09:33

Dark NighT
I genuinely like this case, but the price is a bit of a big ask compared to other cases in that size class.Quote

18-08-2021, 20:08:31

I'd like to get the black version of this but that price as Dark Night said is a little too much.Quote

18-08-2021, 20:27:01

But look at the temperature graphs. This case outperforms every other case by a huge margin. Its 600 RPM fan speed outperforms every other case at max speeds. The performance gained from that is absolutely incredible, and well worth the money in my opinion. It's like paying extra for a better CPU cooler and GPU cooler; the lower temperatures pay for themselves. You don't question buying a powerful CPU cooler or a high-end aftermarket cooler, yet the £50-odd extra that this case asks is too much? That doesn't make any sense.Quote

18-08-2021, 20:50:49

It is to expensive. Just like every other "premium" case. Sure it performs the best but the market is inflated. It's still a steel box.

That said it's impressive for what it isQuote

18-08-2021, 22:18:21

I like it but like everyone else want a wallet left Quote

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