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NZXT Zero 2 Review

RHKCommander959    -   December 29, 2008
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Testing:

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.

Testing System:

 

Comparison Cases:

  • 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.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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