AzenX X-Cruzer Flexible 70mm Fan ReviewSagittaria - February 26, 2007
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 @ 3.6ghz
Mother Board: eVGA 680i SLI
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB 1000mhz @ 1100mhz
Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 640MB PCI-E
Power Supply: Etasis 850watt
CD/DVD: NEC 3550A & Pioneer A06
Case: Apevia X-Pleasure Full Tower
CPU Heat Sink: Thermal Right Si-128 w/ 120mm Silverstone
OS: Windows XP SP2
I started up my computer and the first thing I noticed was the somewhat unique lighting AzenX decided to use.
Am I the only one here who thinks it is just plain cheesy and annoying? There are 3 center LEDs which are a solid blue, and on both ends are tri-color LEDs which flash and blink between red, blue, and green. Wow, it lit my case up like a Christmas tree. AzenX certainly went over the top here. They're awful bright too! The lights alone just wanted me to rip it out!
I tried every combination I could think of to see how much I could reduce temperatures on any component. I tried blowing on the video card, the memory, the chip set, and the CPU. From what I could tell, it did nothing to the temperatures. As I thought, simply having a fan blowing on something alone will not reduce temperatures. Just goes to show that having good heat sink and fan combos, with some decent case fans, will be just fine. However, it does put out a good amount of air!
I tried turning up the fan to full blast, and I could not hear anything. You will not be able to hear this thing!
Using my trusty Kill A Watt power meter, I found that the fan uses approximately 2 watts on its lowest setting, and 3 watts on its highest. How did I find this? The power monitor can monitor AC draw. I just set it on watts and plugged in a generic 400w power supply with nothing on it. It used 10 watts. I plugged in the fan and read the numbers, 12 and 13, and I simply subtracted 10 from each.
Next is the Conclusion!