Thermaltake Xaser VI Mx VH9000BWS ReviewThe Smith -
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I will test the Thermaltake Xaser VI MX VH9000BWS by recording hardware temperatures in degrees celcius at idle and load. They will be provided by the SpeedFan 4.34 Utility, except for the graphics card, which will be reported by ASUS Smart Doctor. I will run Stress Prime 2004 Orthos using small FFTs (Fast Fourier Transform) to load the processor, and 3DMark06 in loop mode to load the graphics card. By copying the program files folder, I will load the hard drive for a long time. Each temperature, representing the highest core for the processor, is measured thirty minutes after beginning the test, for both idle and load. Keep in mind that all digitally reported temperatures have an uncertainty of one degree celcius, as it is the smallest unit used. Also, all fan speeds will be set at maximum in every test, in order to represent maximum cooling efficiency and to avoid variation. Finally, the processor voltage is provided by SpeedFan 4.34 and is reported at idle, having a vdroop of 0.03V at load.
- Processor: Intel E6750 C2D(Lapped) @ 333x8=2.66Ghz, 1.31V
- Motherboard: Gigabyte P35 DS3R
- Memory: Corsair Xms2 PC2-6400
- Video Card: ASUS EN8800GT 1Gb RAM
- Power Supply: OCZ StealthXtream 600W
- Hard Drive: Seagate 250Gb Barracuda
- Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-212D BK
- CPU Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S1283
- OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
- Ambient Temperature: 20 degrees Celcius
- Case 1: Codegen 4063-CA
- Case 2: No case (open-air, no fans added)
The Codegen 4063-CA is a standard case equipped only of a rear 80mm fan exhaust.
In every test, the Codegen 4063-CA was beaten by the Thermaltake Xaser VI Mx VH9000BWS, except in two of them, where there was a tie. The difference in chipset load temperatures was huge: The Thermaltake case crushed its opponent by an incredible 14 degrees Celcius!
However, it was not as good as an open-air setup and that is normal. But the small difference between them means that the airflow in the case effectively evacuates the hot air and replaces it by fresh air. In one test though, the Thermaltake case was able to beat the open-air setup. Since the hard drives are directly next to the case front air intake, they were able to stay cooler both at idle and at load.