NZXT Beta ReviewGeekspeak411 - August 4, 2009
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Okay, now to the part that makes or breaks a review. The testing! To test the Beta I will first let the system idle for 30min and record the temperatures. I will then run the Beta through OCC's rigorous benchmarking suite which consists of a series of synthetic high stress benchmarks to simulate 100% load on the CPU, GPU, HDD, and the Chipset and record the temperatures after 30min. Will the Beta's single 120mm fan be able to keep up with the rest of the components? Now we can finally find out. Keep in mind that the CPU is being cooled by the stock Intel heatsink.
- Processor: Intel i7 920
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 9-9-9-24
- Video Card: nVidia GTX 260
- Power Supply: Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850w
- Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
- Optical Drive: Asus DVD-RW
- Case: NZXT Beta
- OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
- Ambient Temperature: 24° Celsius
NOTE: Cases that were previously reviewed on 790i chipset have been retested with the new results shown below.
- Case: Cooler Master CSX Stacker 830 Red Flame Edition
- Case: Antec Sonata Elite
- Case: NZXT Panzerbox
- Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
Hmm, what a mixed bag. The CPU temperatures are approaching the thermal limit for i7's - not good. This case really shines in the hard drive temps though, since they are positioned right in front of the fan. The Beta also produced close to the lowest GPU temperatures for the same reason. With no side fan installed, there is almost no airflow over the chipset causing the high temperatures there which would severely limit overclocks. With that I think we are ready to wrap this up with my final conclusions.