NZXT Zero 2 ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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Testing the Zero 2 will be done by seeing how well it can keep the system cool while idle and while under maximum load conditions. The main points of interest are the CPU, video card GPU, hard drive, and motherboard chipset. The competition is the venerable Hiper Osiris, which also features three 120mm fans. Prime95 is used to stress the CPU using the Small FFTs option, while ATITool’s 3D test will stress the GPU. The error scanning option in the program HDTune stresses the hard drive. Also, the CPU fan is set to run at its maximum, the GPU naturally throttles to keep itself in a safe range.
- Processor: Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333x8
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DS4
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 Redline 8000 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card(s): HIS 3870 512mb
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: Samsung 750GB SATA
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Hiper Osiris
- Open Air
The Zero 2 cooled the chipset and CPU better, but didn’t fair as well on the GPU or hard drive compared to the Osiris. The Zero 2 has the worst hard drive temperature, likely due to the awkward holes not allowing air to pass the hard drive bay. Overall, the temperatures were held within a reasonable level, and if the side panel was installed with four fans it may fair even better, although it is not necessary to do so. The case should be wide enough to accommodate large aftermarket heat sinks, which would also help.