Temperature and Fan Noise
We tested the HAF 500 with the CPU fan set at 1000 RMP. In addition, we manually set the chassis fans to 1000 RPM and max setting at 1800~1850 RPM. Idle, our i5-12600K temperature is at 30C and GPU temperature is at 35C with fan at 1000 RPM and we noticed 1 degree cooler at the max fan setting. Under load, the CPU temperate is at 58C and the GPU temperature is at 75C at 1000 RPM. At max fan setting, the temperature of the CPU and GPU is lowered to 56C and 73C, respectively. So we get about two degree C cooler with the fan running at the max speed.
And just how well the dedicated GPU performs, we unplugged the fan and noticed that the GPU temperature only raised by 1 degree C. So there a small improvement in the cooling.
As for the noise level, the system runs quiet at 1000 RPM, I can barely hear the noise sitting next to the system. With the fan running at full speed, the fan noise is definitely noticeable and a little bit louder than what I would have preferred. Luckily, the chassis has a good airflow where it does a good job at cooling the components even when the fans are running at 1000 RPM, so it is unlikely that you would notice the fan running at full speed unless you plan to overclock or have higher thermal output.