Apevia X-QBOII Black Case Reviewromeo55 -
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I'm going to test the cooling ability of the the X-QBOII by taking temperature measurements from the CP, with Core Temp 0.97.1, and the 8800GTS with nVidia's nTune, at both idle and load. The processor will be loaded with Orthos .41 (Blend) and the video card with ATI Tool's artifact test. The hard drive and chipset temperature will also be monitored using Speed Fan 4.33. The hard drive temperature will be loaded with simple, but heavy, large file transfers and the chipset temperatures will just be watched under load during the Orthos test. Unfortunately, I did not have a case of the same size and type on hand, so I decided to throw in my full tower NZXT Zero with several large fans as a comparison.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 @ 2700mhz 1.45V (300x9)
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Socket 775 Micro ATX GA-73VM-S2 (nVidia 610i)
- Ram: Crucial Tracer DDR2 800 2x1GB @ DDR2 800 5-4-4-17
- Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 640MB AR @ 580/1750 Rev. A2
- Power Supply: Apevia 500W WIN-500XSPX (Included)
- Hard Drive: 1xSeagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
- Optical: NEC-3550A IDE DVD±R
- Optical: Pioneer A06 IDE DVD±R
- O/S: Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit
- Comparison Case: NZXT Zero
I was slightly surprised with the results, but it was to be expected. As seen, the X-QBOII was beaten by a fair margin in all tests. The X-QBOII has very few fans compared to the larger Zero, but nonetheless, these are acceptable considering the size and target market. The temperatures can be improved with a larger CPU cooler and faster case fans (though that would increase the noise levels as well).