Cooler Master CMedia 282 Case Reviewccokeman -
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To test the CMedia 282 enclosure, we will check the temperatures of a few key components to verify any increase or decrease in the cooling performance. The testing will include running Stress Prime 2004 to create a load on the CPU, chipset and system memory. To load the video card I will loop 3Dmark06 three times, and take the maximum temperature during the run. Testing the hard drive will consist of running HD tune to put a load on the drive. I will be using software programs to monitor the temperatures of the devices. Speed Fan 4.33 will be used to monitor the temperatures of the CPU, chipset and hard drive. ATI Tool will be used to measure the video card temperature at the end of the benchmark testing. Even though software programs may be inaccurate, they do show differences in temperatures equally across the same platform. With the enclosure being the only variable, a comparison of the results can be made. All results are in degrees Celcius, with lower results being better. The test bed setup is listed below.
- Processor: AMD Opteron 148 200x11
- Motherboard: DFI NF4 Ultra-D
- System Memory: 2x512 Kingston Hyper X
- Graphics Card: ATI 1900XT Master card
- Power Supply: Enermax EG465p
- Hard Drive: Maxtor 40GB IDE
- Optical Drive: Pioneer A04
- Operating System; Windows XP SP2
- Enclosure: CoolerMaster CMedia 282 (1 x 120mm fan)
- Comparison Enclosure: Enermax (Unknown Model, 1 x 120mm, 2 x 80mm fans)
Temperatures for most of the testing are pretty close. The Cmedia case is slightly higher, temperature wise, throughout the testing. The upside for the Cmedia case is the potential improvement with the addition of three more 120mm fans. The fact that it only comes with one blowing out the back of the case handicaps the case.