Cubitek XL Tank ReviewCompxpert - August 14, 2011
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I run the case through the usual gauntlet of tests consisting of both idle and load testing on the four major heat producing components. These components are of course the CPU, GPU, Chipset, and Hard Disk drive. For idle testing I simply allow the computer to idle for a whole hour, then I record the current temperature of each of the four components using both RealTemp and HwMonitor. Load testing is very similar to idle in every aspect, except instead of allowing the computer to idle for a whole hour I apply load to each specific component for an hour and record the respective temperature afterward. In terms of temperature in both idle and load, lower is always better.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
- CPU Heatsink: ThermalRight Ultra Extreme 120mm Black Ed. - 2x Scythe Kaze Jyuni 120mm @ 110CFM.
- Motherboard: DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8
- Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 998995 PC3 12800 3 x 4GB
- Graphics Card: XFX HD6970 2GB
- Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 500GB SATA 7200.12
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Ambient Temperature: 22 °C
- ThermalTake Level 10 GT
- Coolermaster Centurion 5 II
- Bitfenix Shinobi
- NZXT Source 210
Seemingly, the XL-Tank just couldn't outrun the Level 10 GT, coming in second in four out of eight tests. However, it remains quite close to it in every test only losing by a mere one or two degrees Celsius.