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Antec Sonata Proto Review

airman    -   May 19, 2010
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Testing:

To test the Antec Sonata Proto, temperatures will be recorded for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and the overall system temperature during load and idle phases. Load will be simulated by Prime95 small FFTs and HD tune for one hour with maximum temperatures recorded by RealTemp. The GPU load will be the maximum value recorded by Rivatuner after five loops of 3DMark06’s Canyon Flight test. Each case is tested as is from the factory, including the fan configuration. As stated earlier, the fan configuration for the Sonata Proto is the one rear exhaust fan. Since the fan is adjustable, I will be running the fan on high speed. Looking ahead, I did not find more than a degree or two difference between the high and low speed, so I will only be reporting the results from the running the fan at high speed.

Testing Setup:

Comparison Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must say, I am pleasantly surprised by this case's performance! I was wary about having one lonely exhaust fan and how it would impact performance, but some of the results struck me quite astoundingly. The GPU and CPU load temperatures fell as some of the cooler results out of about half of the cases. The hard drive temperature on the other hand is not spectacular. I know that most of the comparison cases, if not all of them, have front intake fans that keep the hard drive temperatures within a few degrees of ambient. Since this is not the case in the Sonata Proto, it looks like there may be some stagnant air hanging around the hard drive since there is no airflow there. I think the addition of a front intake fan, although not accommodated for, would allow this case to be a solid performer in every category!




  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications and Features
  5. Testing and Setup
  6. Conclusion
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