Apevia X-Telstar Red/Black Case ReviewSagittaria - May 12, 2008
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I'll put the X-Telstar through its paces by throwing in some high-end, heat guzzling hardware and measuring cooling performance in comparison to another full tower, the NZXT Zero. I'll be taking temperature measurements from the CPU, 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.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2400MHz @ 3528MHz (441x8, 1.54V) Rev. B2
- Motherboard: eVGA 680i SLI T1 (P31 BIOS)
- Memory: Crucial Tracer 2x1GB DDR2-800 @ 882 (4-4-4-12 1T 2.250V)
- Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 640MB AR @ 580/1750 Rev. A2
- Power Supply: Etasis ET850 850W
- Hard Drives: 2xWestern Digital Caviar SE 80GB RAID-0
- 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
The temperatures are ok. The X-Telstar does not have the sheer number of fans that the Zero does. At full speed, the fans are noticeable, but not too loud.
During testing, I noticed that my power LED was not working. It was not the motherboard pins, I tested the motherboard with a spare LED, which worked. I took apart the front panel to check to see if the power LED was hooked up correctly and found that the top Apevia circle logo also had an LED, which is hooked up to the power LED line (in parallel). Apparently, that logo was also supposed to be lit. Interesting that both LEDs would not work.