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NZXT Source 210 Review



Testing is all focused on temperatures. The temperatures of the CPU, chipset, HDD, and graphics card are all taken into consideration during testing. Each heat-producing component is stressed with a certain application, which includes [email protected] for the GPU, Prime95 for the CPU and chipset, and HDTune for the HDD. Each component is stressed for a whole hour, after which the current temperature is recorded. Additionally, each component goes through idle testing, which means I leave each component sitting there and idling for an entire hour, after which I record the current temperature. As with any sort of computer temperature testing, the lowest temperature is always the best.


Testing System:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
  • CPU Heatsink: ThermalRight Ultra Extreme 120mm Black Ed. - 2x Scythe Kaze Jyuni 120mm @ 110CFM.
  • Motherboard: DFI Lanparty UT X58-T3eH8
  • Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 998995 PC3 12800 3 x 4GB
  • Graphics Card: XFX HD6970 2GB
  • Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 500GB SATA 7200.12
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Ambient Temperature: 22 °C


Comparison Cases:




As expected, the nearly fan-less Source 210 doesn't stand up to the heat too well. It lost to the competition in nearly every test, falling right alongside the Bitfenix Shinobi the whole way through.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup and Results
  6. Conclusion
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