Enermax Staray

Instalation & Testing

Installation
 
The Staray isn't the biggest case in the world, but the OC3D case review system is far from basic and I did encounter a few problems when trying to shoehorn the hardware into the case. For starters my regular heat sink, the Nexus HOC-9000, would not fit as it fouled the power supply. So for testing I will be using the old faithful AC Freezer 7 Pro. Enermax do list a maximum GPU size on there website as being 252mm, the 4870's used in the test system are 252mm including the power connector but there is no way you would be able to fit a graphics card and a standard hard drive on the same level once you have added the necessary cables into the equation. Talking of cables there really is nowhere to hide or route them properly.
 
Instalation     Instalation
 
The size of the case becomes apparent with dual graphics cards in the test system there is only 15mm of clearance for the bottom card to breathe. Also with the card in the bottom slot you can see if it was not for the design of the Velociraptor you would not be able to use a hard drive in the bottom slot and a second graphics card.
 
Instalation      Instalation
 
Test Set Up 
 
Intel Core2Duo Q6600
AC 7 Pro
Asus Rampage Extreme
4GB Corsair XMS3 PC3-12800 Ram @ 9-9-9-24 1.9v
2x HIS 4870 1GB IceQ 4+
Corsair HX1000w
Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Added Yate Loon D12SM-12 120mm Exhaust Fan
 
 
Testing
 
Idle temperatures were taken after thirty minutes of booting up, and load temperatures after thirty minutes of torture tests using Prime95 to max out the 4 cores. Ambient temperature during testing was 22c controlled by an air conditioner. The Staray was tested against a HAF922 for comparison.
 
• Everest Ultimate was used to monitor temperatures
• Prime95 - CPU & Ram testing
• HD Tach - To Simulate random Reads on the hdd
• ATI Tool - GPU testing
 
The Staray performs admirably well again the 922 in the hard drive tests, surprisingly well to be frank, just goes to show simple can be effective. The real heat sources in the case like the graphics cards and the processor are 3 degree's hotter when compared to the 922 which isn't exactly a huge difference when you consider the price. 
 
 
Even when we stress all the components the Staray still stays within 4 degree's of the 922, the Yate Loon fan may be going some way to helping as the exhaust did feel warm, but this just shows that a simple front to back airflow pattern works. If the cabling was easier to make tidy I think this would have performed even better.
 
 
The Staray has surprised even me with the testing results, so lets head over the page for our conclusion and to see my ugly mug in the Overclock3D case review videos.
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27-10-2009, 22:41:44

tinytomlogan
How much case do you get for 35? We take a look at the Enermax Staray to find out.

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28-10-2009, 02:19:50

I Hunta x
looks good tom, gave it a quick read through now but ill give the vids a watch and a propper read through later,

28-10-2009, 03:39:22

tinytomlogan
Pretty good little case tbh dude, and much prettier than the antec 300 imho

28-10-2009, 03:59:40

I Hunta x
deff agree, is nicer to work with than the 300? if so think i have my new budget case for low end builds unless they want a simple case like the 300 that is

28-10-2009, 07:09:06

tinytomlogan
For 35 if you dont like the 300 then this is a good case, also hvae another review coming of a cheap case that may well topple the 300.

28-10-2009, 07:38:17

I Hunta x
i personaly love the 300 but some people want something a bit more flash without going ott, so this fits the bill tbh,

and any clues on what its going to be?

28-10-2009, 08:05:29

tinytomlogan
Nope you'll have to wait

28-10-2009, 08:13:52

zak4994
35 = epic.

Might actually get this TTLed (yes I have made a new verb).

28-10-2009, 08:52:32

I Hunta x
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Nope you'll have to wait
D: fine _

28-10-2009, 15:31:06

jiffz
Yeah, that's my beast up there!

I'm happy I saw the vids before buying the rest of my parts as I can see the problems I could encounter with the HSF fitting. Good review though Tom, it's true it's a budget case, but I'm happy with it and suits my needs (1 GPU and 1 or 2 hard drives ) perfectly. I also like a light case as it doesn't stay in one place for long!

Another great review Tom

28-10-2009, 16:56:23

PeterStoba
Intel Core2Duo Q6600? 4GB Corsair XMAS3 PC3-12800 Ram @ 9-9-9-24 1.9v? Pretty sure it's XMS not Christmas

Good review though, although you say the side panels are difficult to fit?

I've used loads of the CM elite series and they were very easy to fit, unless Enermax have changed it for some reason.
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