Antec New Solution NSK 3480 MicroATX Tower Reviewccokeman -
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To verify the cooling capabilities of this case, I will be subjecting it to several tests to see how well it performs in a real world environment. Temperatures that will be checked are the Cpu, Gpu, Chipset, and hard drive. To put as much heat into the case as possible I will load test the Cpu and memory with OCCT, the Gpu with 3DMark06 looped at a 1880x1440 resolution, and put the hard drive to work with a disk defrag, all simultaneously. In addition, I will be using my Kestral 4100 airflow meter to measure the airflow through the case, on the three fan speed settings. This case is sold with a 380 watt power supply. I will test the 12volt, 3.3 volt, and 5 volt rails to see if the power supply is up to the challenge of powering the system that I have installed in the Antec NSK 3480.
- Processor: AMD 6000+
- Motherboard: ECS AMD690GM-M2
- Memory: 2x1GB Buffalo Firestix
- Video Card: Diamond Viper HD3850
- Power Supply: Antec SU 380(Included with case)
- Hard Drive: IBM Deskstar 60GB
- Optical Drive: Sony DVDROM
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
- Comparison Case: Apevia X-QPack2
- Kestral 4100 Pocket Airflow Tracker
- GreenLee DM-300 Digital Multimeter
I will be comparing the Antec NSK 3480 to The Apevia X-Qpack2, to see which of the two cases give the better cooling performance. The Apevia offering is a small form factor LAN box, while the Antec offering is more suited to the office environment. Both are small and come with a 120mm cooling fan, so the comparison should prove interesting. The three speed fan is set to hi for this test since the Apevia offering only has a single speed fan. The Apevia offering used on board video so there is no comparison data. All temperatures are in degrees Celsius. Lower Temperatures, of course, are better.
As mentioned earlier in this review the Antec NSK 3480 features a three speed fan.