NZXT Source 210 ReviewCompxpert - July 24, 2011
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Testing is all focused on temperatures. The temperatures of the CPU, chipset, HDD, and graphics card are all taken into consideration during testing. Each heat-producing component is stressed with a certain application, which includes [email protected] for the GPU, Prime95 for the CPU and chipset, and HDTune for the HDD. Each component is stressed for a whole hour, after which the current temperature is recorded. Additionally, each component goes through idle testing, which means I leave each component sitting there and idling for an entire hour, after which I record the current temperature. As with any sort of computer temperature testing, the lowest temperature is always the best.
- 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
As expected, the nearly fan-less Source 210 doesn't stand up to the heat too well. It lost to the competition in nearly every test, falling right alongside the Bitfenix Shinobi the whole way through.