Sigma Unicorn ReviewMakaveli - May 20, 2008
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In order to correctly test the Sigma Unicorn, I'll be taking the temperatures of the components within the case. To test idle, I let everything sit at bone stock for 30 minutes. To test load, I stressed the CPU and RAM with OCCT, stressed the GPU with 3DMark06, stressed the hard drives with HD Tune and I took the readings from CoreTemp and SpeedFan. All of the temperatures are recorded in Celsius in a room with an ambient temperature of about 22C. The competitor for the Sigma Unicorn is the Enermax Uber Chakra, which is a full tower case, so we'll have to see if the size gives it an advantage over the Unicorn.
- Processor: Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 333x8
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card: Gigabyte 8800GT
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Opticals: Sony Dual Layer Burner
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Ambient Temperature: 22 degrees Celsius
- Case: Enermax Uber Chakra
I was expecting the Enermax Uber Chakra to perform better than the Sigma Unicorn since it is a full tower case which means there is more space for the hot air to move around. The fan that sits directly on the video card in the Sigma Unicorn case definitely proved that it helps keep the GPU temperatures slightly lower.