NZXT Switch 810 Reviewairman - May 10, 2012
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To test the NZXT Switch 810, temperatures will be recorded for the CPU, GPU, hard drives, and the overall system during both idle and load phases. Load will be simulated by running HD Tune and small FFTs in Prime95 for one hour, all while recording maximum temperatures using RealTemp. The GPU load temperature will be determined using the maximum value as recorded by Catalyst Control Center after looping Unigine Heaven 3.5 for 30 minutes. For idle temperature readings, I will allow each setup to remain idle for one hour and record the minimum value achieved during this period. Each case will be tested as it is from the factory. The fan configuration for this NZXT case is left in its default state, which comprises of a front 140mm intake, one 140mm top and rear exhaust, and one 140mm fan on the angled bracket cooling the GPU. I will not be using any fan throttling for these tests.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K - 4.4GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68 AP-D3 Rev 2.0
- Memory: Mushkin Blackline PC3 16000 9-9-9-24 1600MHz
- Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition
- Power Supply: Mushkin 1000 watt Joule Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-RW
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100
Well folks, many of us may remember the Cooler Master HAF 932 when it came out and many of those who do will remember the awe that some of us felt about its cooling capabilities and performance. It seems that the NZXT 810 is equal or better than the HAF 932 in every test other than one, in which it was only a single degree worse off. The hard drive temperatures are excellent thanks to the push/pull configuration through the hard drive cage, and the GPU temperatures are made superior by the extra fan(s) specifically to cool the GPU(s). As far as these numbers go, this should put the NZXT Switch 810 at the top of many competitors' lists.