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Asus P2-M3A3200 HTPC Review



In this part of testing, the Asus case will be ran through a series of temperature tests to see how high they rise during an idle state and while the computer is under full load conditions. Temperatures from the CPU, video card, hard drive and chipset will be monitored and collected. For idle state, the computer will simply be left untouched for 30 minutes making sure nothing is active, beside the Windows operating system, and then temperature readings will be taken. After, in order to simulate load state, Prime 95, HDTune and 3DMark Vantage will be run at the same time for an hour to ensure the hardware will still be fine in a worst conditions scenario. To gather the temperatures, the latest version of EVEREST will be used since it provides accurate readings of every important part. Cooling for the cases will consist of stock cooling that came with the cases, with no additional fans installed and the processor heatsink will be the stock AMD cooler. The Asus case will be compared to the Antec Sonata III to get an idea of where it stands amongst other mainstream cases on the market.

Comparison Case: Antec Sonata III









Asus' very small case did surprisingly well in these tests. It's only major loss was in hard drive temperature, probably due to the fact that in the Antec case there is much more open air space between the drive and other components. In Asus' case, the drive stands right above the southbridge and sits tight under the optical drive, nothing to help power dissipation. However, temperature levels are very acceptable so there's nothing to worry about.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Case
  3. Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Temperatures
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10 & PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: Bioshock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06
  20. Testing: Extras
  21. Conclusion
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