NZXT Tempest 410 Elite ReviewCompxpert - September 22, 2011
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For testing, we throw the case through the usual slew of tests, which consist of idle and load testing on four major heat producing components, the CPU, GPU, HDD, and Chipset. For idle testing, I simply allow the computer to idle for an entire hour, after which I record temperatures using a combination of HWmonitor and RealTemp. Load testing is just as simple. I stress each component individually for an hour using a variety of stressors. Prime95 takes care of the CPU and Chipset, while [email protected] GPU client covers the GPU, and HDTune handles the Hard Disk drive. Each of these stressors are run for an entire hour after which the temperature is recorded. Of course in any temperature related situation lowest is always 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
- ThermalTake Level 10 GT
- Coolermaster Centurion 5 II
- Bitfenix Shinobi
- NZXT Source 210
- Cubitek XL Tank
- Thermaltake Chaser MKI
While the NZXT Tempest 410 Elite wasn't exactly top dog, it wasn't exactly the worst of the bunch either. As explained earlier, the lack of side panel ventilation definitely doesn't help with keeping temperatures down, nor does the position the hard disk drives are mounted in.