Testing: performance and noise
|CPU || AMD Sempron 3000+ AM2 @ 2.3 Ghz |
|Mainboard ||Asrock AM2NF4|
|Video cards ||Powercoler X1900GT|
|Memory ||2 * 1024 Mb DDR2 PC7200 EPP OCZ |
|Other ||Nec 2050 DVD writerSeagate 120 gig2x Seagate 200Gb SATASilverstone Zeus 750 Watt PSU|
Noise level was recorded with SmartSensor SL4001A. The sensor was placed ~65cm away from the front of the case. The lowest dBA reading in the test room was ~37,8 dBA.
First I measured the Ambient noise level. Secondly I booted the computer without any fans running, except the power supply fan (and the hard disks spinning up). But as you can see this wasn?t very loud. Then I tested every fan separately and finally all the fans together.
As you can see the rear fan adds no extra noise.
Now that we know what the noisiest fans are, it?s surely interesting to find out if they are needed to keep the system cool. Just as the noise evaluation, I?ve tested the case with different fan settings.Without any case cooling.
With only the side (HDD) 80mm fan
With only the rear 80mm fan
With only the front 120mm fan
All three fans powered on.
I had 6 temperature sensors I could monitor:
Chipset - nVidia GeForce 6100 chipset ? passive cooled
X1900GT vga card core.
HDD1 ? Seagate 120 gig ? installed in floppy drive cage
HDD2 ? Seagate 200 gig ? installed in HDD cage, top position
HDD3 ? Seagate 200 gig ? installed in HDD cage, bottom position
First I did some idle testing.
You can see that the loudest fan (the front 120 mm intake) has the most influence on all the temperatures.
Under stressed conditions the outcome is pretty much the same except for the VGA card which seems to profit a lot from the fresh air coming in from the Side panel 80mm fan.
Let's wrap things up ->