To test the effectiveness of this unit, we threw our test rig in there like we did before in our Zephyr test. Here's a quick run down of what we used:
- IWill KK2666 Motherboard
- AMD 800 @ 1003Mhz Thunderbird
- Crucial 128MB PC133 SDRam
The CPU was checked, along with motherboard temps and case temps. I used the Swiftech MCX370-0A cooler for this test. Idle temps were taken along with some full load recordings. Full load is accomplished by running RC5 and 30 minutes of 3Dmark2001. We had our rig at full load for the tests. I also flipped the dual fans on to really get things going:
We used our trusty CompuNurse thermal probe and Radio Shack Digital Thermometer to record some temperatures. For our motherboard, we barely hit 29C throughout the test. Room temperature was kept constant as always at 27C. CPU temperatures dropped significantly, down to 36.4C from 38.5C previoously.
The fans itself were bit on the loud side. It didn't create the horrible whine like the high speed Deltas, but it is noticeable. If you plan to sleep in the same room, you should be happy since you're going to be able to turn these dual monsters off.
Overall, the case is a good deal. At only about $115, you get a good reliable case along with some extra fans already installed for you. I can see why Xoxide went with this case, as it is one of the strongest units we have seen. If you ever owned an Enlight 7237, just picture that but heavier. Good deal nonetheless. What I want to see next is the inclusion of maybe a window, but most likely this would drive the price up a bit.
Thanks to Xoxide Modifications for sending us this test unit. They have other cases available, some with an even lower price tag! Check out the Enlights, they look pretty damn good too.