|-- Results and Conclusions
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We're going to test this case by recording some
temperatures. Our test rig is used, but with a higher speed
CPU, a 1.4Ghz AMD Thunderbird. It runs on our IWill KK266,
Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB and evga GF2 MX 32mb Video Card.
The hard drive used is the IBM DJNA 22.0GB unit (old but trusty).
These were obtained using the
temperature probe from Radio Shack and our CompuNurse
temperature probe. CPU full load is just running RC5
for about 45 minutes, a few 3dMark
2001 benches and some rounds of Counter
The room temperature was at a constant 27C through
The Hellstorm 2000 was pretty close to our other
full tower case, the CDI Alaska. This most likely is due to
the fact that both companies used the same case. Even though
the temperatures were a bit higher, that does not mean the case is
at all bad. The Hellstorm does come with fewer fans, but cools
about just as well for a lower price.
Some of you may wonder why there isn't a window
kit. Well, you can definitely order the Hellstorm with a
window kit, so this unit can be customized for a price. Do
realize, customization does come at a higher price tag, so check
before going in for the kill.
One of the biggest selling points of the Hellstorm
would most likely be the automotive finish on the case. The
last time I saw this done was on an Enermax case we reviewed in our
round-up. If a case could keep that shine for a while just by
having me wax it a bit, that's a case I'd like to own!
Thanks to Lisa over 3DCool
for hooking us up with a test unit. Support a fellow New York
vendor! That finish is reason enough to plunge for it!
- Incredible finish
- Large and roomy case
- Includes 4 fans
- Adequate cooling
- No thumbscrews
- Fan Bus would have made it easier to control fans in one
- Rear fan grills are not cut out, may restrict airflow