Akasa Infiniti Zor Case

Testing

Testing
 
In order to test the Akasa Infiniti Zor, we used the following hardware:

Intel Quad Core Q6600 @ 3ghz,
Nvidia 8800Gtx,
4gb Crucial ballistix @ 1066mhz 5-5-5-15,
Asus Maximus Formula SE,
X-fi Extreme Gamer Sound card,
730w Hiper Type-R PSU,
Cooler Master Z600 CPU cooler,
2x Raptor X in raid 0 and 250 GB Storage drive.
 
Cooling
 
Load testing results were taken by running HD benchmark within Everest Ultimate, 4x Prime 95 runs for the CPU and ATI tool artefact scan for the GPU.
 
During testing it became apparent that with the cases default configuration the cooling power really wasn’t there. Even running Crysis for 10 minutes or so left our Northbridge temperatures hitting the shut down temperature of 70 degrees, whilst the GPU was hitting as much as 85! It became obvious that getting a full 20 minute torture test from the case was going to end in broken hardware or the pc shutting down half way through.

With this in mind, we decided to fill the top two 120mm fan slots to improve cooling performance. We used Akasa fans that shift around 40cfm virtually silently, meaning they are close in spec to the pre-installed fans provided. With these installed, we managed to get the following results:
 
Idle temperature chart
 
Load temperature chart
 
As you can see, the temperatures are far from impressive. The CPU temperatures may look fairly good, but considering the size and power of the cooler used, they are pretty poor.

Noise

Unfortunately this case cannot be considered as a hub for a quiet PC. While the fans may be quiet, the lack of rubber to absorb hard disk noises meant that the PC was very loud. This is partly down to the use of the Raptor Hard disks, however when testing the A+ Black Pearl, which uses rubber, they were much, much quieter. The second point to note is the side panel; which is not a very secure fit. Even though the case was mounted of a desk, walking across the office would cause the side panel to rattle- an annoying disturbance.
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Most Recent Comments

01-10-2008, 14:32:36

Luigi
Gamer? Looking for a new case? Check out our review to see if Akasa's new gaming case is any good:

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...132329648s.jpg

Read the review

Tek

02-10-2008, 03:13:01

Lynx
I thought this would have been a good case :/

Oh well.

02-10-2008, 03:17:21

Diablo
Nice review guys, and you're honest.

Not a good case unless you like your silicon cooked and your hard drives noisy.

02-10-2008, 11:12:40

Luigi
Yup, its just, the ideas all seemed to be there, just the attention to detail was poor.

02-10-2008, 11:37:47

usman.zx10
i guess your shipment of fail has arrived!

02-10-2008, 12:47:59

ionicle
looks gorgeous

but missing in a lot of vital area's

shame

my Akasa mirrage is a gorgeous case

they've really let themselves down this time

good, HONEST review...not summet you see so much anymore, everyone seems to give good scores to pieces of crap...

nice to see someone with a hold on reality

02-10-2008, 12:57:16

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
looks gorgeous

but missing in a lot of vital area's

shame

my Akasa mirrage is a gorgeous case

they've really let themselves down this time

good, HONEST review...not summet you see so much anymore, everyone seems to give good scores to pieces of crap...

nice to see someone with a hold on reality
Cheers dude. When I was told that I would be reviewing it I couldnt wait. I thought this would give me that extra bit of cooling to really push my hardware. Instead I ended up with overheating hardware, a loud case, and a rattle whenever I walked accross my room

02-10-2008, 13:04:15

ionicle
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='teknokid'
Cheers dude. When I was told that I would be reviewing it I couldnt wait. I thought this would give me that extra bit of cooling to really push my hardware. Instead I ended up with overheating hardware, a loud case, and a rattle whenever I walked accross my room
aye

when i saw it, i thought WOW, ...

i thought it would be as good as the akasa mirrage, if not improve on it...

but what a disapointment

my akasa mirrage focuses on all the small details, like the inside is painted black, easiely removeable motherboard tray

just the little things that finish it off

i was contemplating getting one, but not anymore

02-10-2008, 14:30:56

Diablo
Its nice to see something get a bad score though. It means that when things get a good score we can trust them and not feel that the website has been under order to give good reviews to everything

02-10-2008, 15:27:32

D-Cyph3r
Thats definately disappointing, I thought this was going to be a nice, cheap, Stacker-esque case that would have been ripe for modding....

Shame really, as said it's not often Akasa drops the ball.

02-10-2008, 15:44:37

Luigi
Hmm yeah, I was a bit dissapointed myself.. It just needed a tiny bit more care, and all the shortfalls would be gone

09-10-2008, 12:01:22

Jaster
my cookers just blown...would you guys recommend it as a direct replacement....

09-10-2008, 12:13:34

Luigi
Im sure it would suit you perfectly :P

10-10-2008, 04:08:14

Jaster
a bit off topic I know...but a well known computer store is selling very strange appliances...check here..just goes with the cooker comment...

10-10-2008, 05:56:57

Diablo
Yeah, they have those on display in their trade counter in the warehouse. Little bit random isn't it?

10-10-2008, 05:59:07

Jaster
you recon that would fit my case .... I did buy a hoover from there about 7 months back...I accidentally came across it whilst searching for dust filters for my case...go figure

14-05-2009, 08:48:58

Ian Evey
I know this is an old thread now but i had to add my 2 cents.

I read the review last night and if i had read a review like this before i purchased my akasa infinti zor case i would not have bought it, as is the power of the internet nowadays.

I have had my case since december along with

asus p5ql pro motherboard /

4 gigs of kingston 1066 memory /

gtx 260 216sp /

e8400 o/c 3.6ghz with an arctic freezer 7 /

x-fi extreme gamer /

8 ( Eight ) hard drives.

I cannot fault its design at all ( although i did not take the mainboard tray out to fit my motherboard ).

The temps are in my eyes very good and cool this is all with the 3 fans you get with the case and 1 cpu cooler 'No Added Fans Or Mods'

My gtx 260 idle is 39 and does not go above 60c with crysis or farcry2 with fan using rivatuner to 40% idle and 60% for gaming and my e8400 is just 30c idle and 45c after playing games for hours. My motherboard temp is around 40c after gaming also so i do not know why my hardware differs so much to the review about the case? Unless the components used where very crap / faulty or just had a lot more heat output than my rig .. 8 hard drives generate alot of heat with 6 of them being used for raid...

My side panel does not vibrate when i jump up and down near it nor does it rattle or is in anyway noisy... the fans are suprisingly quiet for thier size.

Having got one of these cases myself and being perfectly happy with what it does i can recommend it to anyone with similiar hardware to myself and dont always believe all hardware is the same and thats what you will get if you buy one, as i said earlier if i had read this review before i bought my case i would have missed out on a great looking and performing case.

I hope this helps anyone who was/is going to buy one of these great cases.

I had a antec 900 before this case and its just as good imho and better looking.

Regards

Ian

14-05-2009, 11:14:01

Luigi
Thanks for the reply Ian, it's good to here some user feedback...

Whilst you may not have issues with the case, I certainly did when I wrote the review (it was a long time ago though), and so did a number of other review sites..

I can only think they updated the case or you got lucky, but good to here you had a good experience.

14-05-2009, 11:47:12

Ian Evey
Maybe i got a better build quality one

14-05-2009, 12:13:32

monkey7
Or they might even have fixed the issues after the bad reviews
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