APEVIA X-Master AL/500 Reviewajmatson - September 14, 2008
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Testing the Apevia X-Master case will be a two step process. First, I will test the temperatures of the case and the components under idle and load conditions. Then I will compare those temperatures to ones I collected using the same components in other small cases. All components are exactly the same in each case and will be run at their stock speeds, timings, and voltages to keep any variables from interfering with the scores and throwing off the comparison. The temperatures that will be collected will be from the CPU, the video card, the hard drive, and the chipset of the motherboard. To simulate an idle state the computer will be left untouched for 30 minutes making sure nothing is active (except what loads with Windows) and then the temperature readings will be taken. Then to simulate a load state I will run Prime 95, HDTune, and 3DMark Vantage at the same time for one hour and then the temperatures will be taken. To gather the temperatures I will use Real Temp 2.7 for the CPU, ASUS PC Probe II for the chipset, HD Tune for the hard drive, and Catalyst Control Center 8.8 for the video card. Cooling for the cases will only be the stock cooling that came with the cases, no fans will be added and the CPU cooler will be the stock Intel cooler that came with the CPU.
- 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: PowerColor Hd 4850 w/ Catalyst 8.8
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800watt Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 750GB 7200.11 SATA
- Opticals: LG 16x DVD +/- RW
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Ambient Temperature: 22 degrees Celsius
The temperatures for the X-master were a little higher than the other cases. I expected this since the only fans that are in the X-Master are the two small exhaust fans at the rear of the case.