DimasTech Bench Table

Installation and Testing

 
Installation and Testing
 
Once again the usual testing procedure used for cases here at OC3D has been foiled by the DimasTech Bench Table. The whole point of the Bench Table is to to allow you to swap out components fairly easily.  As there aren't any walls on or around the components to impede airflow, the temperatures of the parts used will be unaffected by the case.
 
So to keep with the product's intended use I will be testing it by installing two setups, each with different cooling solutions to ensure that the case's ease of use is up to the level that a case of this nature should reach.
 
Setup 1: Air Cooling - OCZ Vendetta II
 
Relying on the air around it to dissipate the heat, air cooling should do well with the DimasTech Bench Table as there is nothing to impede the flow or trap hot air around the components.
 
Aircooling1 Aircooling2
 
Installing the first set of test components including the Vendetta II was nothing short of a doddle. Mounting the motherboard on the outside of the case, and placing the components as you would on the tray of any regular case, everything is securely held in place with thumb screws. The cables weaved their way up through the purpose cut holes and plugged in, which  keeps the setup looking neat and tidy.
 
Setup 2: Water Cooling - XSPC Delta, Thermochill PA120.2, DDC W/ Alphacool Rez Top
 
Installing water-cooling into the DimasTech Bench Table proved considerably more challenging than air cooling - requiring a little thought and planning to ensure everything fit. Mounting the radiator into the lower section was the easiest part of the job, followed by fitting the pump into the provided mount sticking out of the side of the case. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my Laing DDC pump to fit onto the bracket regardless of what position I tried to mount it. This doesn't mean that it doesn't fit however, just the lack of instructions have crippled what should have been an easy installation. In the end I used just a single bolt to just keep the pump and reservoir in place.
 
Pump_mount1 Pump_Mount 2
 
Rad_mount 1 Rad_mount 2
 
Once the components were mounted it was time to add the tubing. Routing the XSPC 1/2" Tubing through the case's interior wasn't really possible simply due to it being too thick to fit though the cable holes, but for this simple loop there was no real issue by routing it around the outside of the case.
 
Installed_water 1 Installed_water 2
 
Thoughts
 
After spending a good few hours swapping parts in and out, it was clear that the DimasTech Bench Table had the majority of its objectives ticked. Changing out the major components in a system was easy as pie. Graphics cards, Ram and CPUs could be switched in a matter of minutes, with motherboard removal being only a little bit more effort. Keeping the less frequently change components on the bottom half means that the whole table is very practical. It also aids in keeping the working area clear of cables that would otherwise have strewn themselves all over the place.
 
Once the water-cooling parts were in place it would be the same scenario as with the PSU and drive bays. The block would be simply removed from the components on the upper level while they were being swapped out. After the initial installation, everything would be trouble free.
 
Finally, I should mention that this bench table would be ideal for either dry ice or liquid nitrogen benchmarking - as it provides a solid platform on which to mount everything. A Single stage or Cascade phase change cooling setup could also sit at home on the DimasTech Bench Table, although accommodating the two could take up rather a lot of space.
 
Let's head over the page to see how the DimasTech Bench Table scored....
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11-11-2008, 14:58:54

Ham
Fed up to tower cases cramping your style? Or just find them too much hassle because your swapping parts out ever other day? Today we take a look at the Dimas Bench Table, which could just be the answer to a lot of enthusiast's prayers.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...161426830s.jpg

Review

11-11-2008, 16:11:27

Mullet
Nice review there bud! Very versatile workstation for the enthusiast! Liking the pre-cut radiator panels and the colour combination also makes it look pretty distinctive.

11-11-2008, 17:05:44

Rastalovich
Tremendous review Ham, for an awesome piece of kit from my pov. (mess with things too much)

130... hmm, I think u judged it about right - it's not too expensive, and it's not exactly cheap, although it seems alot. But it's professional enough for u to make an excuse to buy it, cos if u seek one u usually have a reason or purpose. In that sense u can view it as an investment.

Construction is good, probably more finished than I imagined. Generally I would have thought less-flash (flash probably wrong word) and more practical-emphasis, but it does make it more appealing to the masses I would think. (to explain, I'd be happy with a plain silver-metallic )

Very versatile as expected.

I've always looked at these and wondered why they don't do a lid that u can just lift off, no screws, perhaps a catch to stop any vibration. I know in alot of respects it defeats the majority of the reasons why u would buy 1. But I think here of like in my case I'd buy 4 perhaps and whilst messing with one, the others mainly stay enclosed (with fan inlet vents and a cable hole).

Great stuff.

EDIT: With those great OC3D colors, they might think of providing 1 each to the regular reviewers on here I'm sure they'd get a fair share of promotion from it. Oh and lovely pink tubing m8

11-11-2008, 17:26:33

JN
These bench tables are simply a godsend. I went out and purchased mine a few months back - before we got the offer fo a review one, and it just makes everything so much easier.

one thing I've done on mine tho is swapped the motherboard standoff's for large rubber feet (so I dont need to have a screwdriver handy when doing a mobo swapout).

11-11-2008, 17:33:00

Rastalovich
Could you also opt for something like one of those grippy rubber mat things ? Buy a sheet and cut it in. I'd imagine the solder pins under the mobo would add to the grip.

11-11-2008, 17:39:10

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Could you also opt for something like one of those grippy rubber mat things ? Buy a sheet and cut it in. I'd imagine the solder pins under the mobo would add to the grip.
The only problem with a totally flat mat is that the graphics card/pci card blanking plates poke out a bit behind the motherboard, so you need to elivate the motherboard by about 15mm or you end up with a GPU half hanging out of the slot .

Grippy mat would be a good idea if you could strategically line the pci card blanking plates up with some of the holes in the case tho.

12-11-2008, 09:22:36

Jaster
Nice review, could do with one of these for our testing station.

One thing though, over in Taiwan we've seen case builder kits becoming very popular. Basically all components housing, hard drive racks, 5 1/4 inch bays, motherboard trays, of various styles and descriptions that basically latch on into any configuration you wish, kind of like a "meccanno" style case solution. This option is cheap, highly customizable and would suit the user better. I know its not mainstay in the UK, but when its mentioned on bbc's click program it made me wonder how long before we see these meccanno kits start popping up at the retailers. Just a thought. Check iclick out here Click 24 th Oct

12-11-2008, 11:49:31

AydST
been looking at these for a while.

Did have one test rig that was about 70 and you'd have been better off with a cardboard box, more hassle that it was worth, so 130 based on previous experience is well worth the money
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