Antec Micro Fusion 350 ReviewRHKCommander959 - October 22, 2008
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I will be testing the heat-dispersal capability of the Micro Fusion 350. Prime95 (with Small FFT’s) was used to stress the processor. All temperatures recorded were taken from the source manually with a temperature probe, and all temperatures are to be read in Celsius. Idle temperatures were taken 15 minutes after booting into windows, load temperatures were then taken after 30 minutes of Prime95, while the hard disk defragmented. The tests were based upon the hard drive, chipset, and CPU temperatures.
- Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition 200x14
- Motherboard: Asus M2N-MX SE Socket AM2
- Memory: Crucial 2GB 1x2GB DDR2 667
- Video Card: On-board GeForce 6100
- Power Supply: Antec 350watt
- Hard Drive: 120GB Seagate Barricuda SATA 7200.7
- Optical Drive: ASUS DVD-E616A3
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Ambient Temperature: 18 Degrees Celcius
- PowerUp Mid-Tower TC3J-4050 P
In most of the testing, the Antec came out ahead with the fans set to high. Set to low however, the case becomes near silent – and still able to keep temperatures well within a safe range. The Antec did well overall when compared to the larger and more spacious PowerUp case, only really being beaten in chipset temperature. However, the PowerUp case has a fan next to the chipset, and a large 120mm fan blowing near the hard drive. The anomaly in the CPU Idle Temperature chart can likely be explained by how energy efficient an idle processor is – the more space or airflow, the better. However in CPU Load the PowerUp cases’ inferior cooling design causes heat to linger inside. All in all, the fans and chambers do their job, and they do them well. I would suggest a combination of low and moderate settings for silence and performance.