Just to clarify. I never claimed that the SL600M was the most silent case. That reward probably goes to one of the Fractal Designs or BeQuiet cases out there given their sealed and sound dampened nature. But the thread starter seemed to be on the look out for the same thing I was when looking for a case. To combine great airflow with as much silence as possible. That is going to be somewhat of a compromise of course! But to my surprise with the SL600M I found out it reached the very top of Gamers Nexus charts for GPU cooling even slightly beating the air flow king HAF-X that had a special (but loud) 200 mm side mounted fan for the GPU. Gamers Nexus also found out (which I also mentioned in my post) that this case had some of the worst CPU temperatures when run in his standardized test system that is air cooled. He tested the tower cooler in both positions vertical flow and horisontal flow and came to the conclusion that vertical flow was the worst of the 2 (probably because of heat coming from the vertically mounted GPU). But both positions was bad in this configuration. But he never mounted any top fans during his testing since the case is not delivered with such fans. Someone in the comment section in a YouTube video had placed 2X 200 mm fans on top and gotten several degrees off the CPU temp compared to when not running them. So the CPU temp problem with this case can be easily solved. But ideally the absolut best option in this case is to run a AIO water cooler with a top mounted radiator. One thing a decibel meter will not measure is the impact of air turbulence on the human ear (which is very subjective) but one thing that also swayed me in the direction of this case. the very fact that the vertical air flow almost completely removes any fan being in my direct right ear path since my head will be placed below the top part of the case that will have the most noise (I have the case mounted on top of desk).That's a nice opinion, but I don't see any supporting evidence to back that up. When you have some, let us know, in the meantime.
Define R5 anechoic chamber testing.
And the Define R6 is, seemingly, better.
If you don't need drive cages in the business side of the case, then the Define S2 might be an even better choice because without the drive cages and shroud sitting there directly behind the intake fans, the GPU temperatures are far better than with the Define R6, and the only realistic difference between the two cases IS the drive bays and shroud on the left side of the motherboard tray. A custom or self modified front panel to go from stock to full mod mesh improves things even further, but obviously at the cost of some increase in noise levels, which again are nullified if you populate all the drive bays with the very quiet Noctua fans.
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