Lian Li TYR PC-X500 Chassis
Components Used in Build:
* Motherboard: ABit IP35 Pro Skt775
* CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 with stock HSF
* Memory: 2GB Geil Ultra DDR2-800
* GPU: Powercolour Radeon HD4850
* PSU: ThermalTake ToughPower 750w Modular
* Hard Drive: Hitachi SATA II 160GB with clean install of Windows XP SP3
To get a feel of how the chassis performs and feels when in use I built up a system within the X500. I tested for temperatures and noise output when the system is in use. For the purposes of testing, I ran everything at stock settings using the built in fan controller on the front air intake fans, and used the motherboard fan headers for the rear exhaust fans. The front fan controller has three settings, low medium and high. I had the two rear fans set to standard speed. To measure the full range of system temperatures, I used Everest Ultimate Edition. The temperatures recorded were:
* CPU Core 1
* CPU Core 2
* CPU Core 3
* CPU Core 4
* GPU Diode (DispIO)
* GPU Diode (MemIO)
* GPU Diode (Shader)
I tested while the system was at idle and the CPU & GPU fans were running at stock speeds. This should give a good indication of how effective the different fan settings were on the X500 with the supplied case fans.
As you can see from the graphs, the temperature differences between the three settings was only very slight in some components and varied as much as 3 degrees celsius difference in others.
At Low Fan Speed Setting:
Overall noise was very quiet, and the hard drive could be clearly heard above fan noise. Ideal setting when chassis as used as a HTPC.
At Medium Fan Speed Setting:
Overall noise was slightly more noticeable, but the hard drive could still be heard above the fans. The noise output would still be acceptable when the chassis was used as a HTPC.
At High Fan Speed Setting:
Overall noise was very noticeable, and could be heard over the hard drive. When used as a HTPC, this setting may not be acceptable, as the fans would be heard in quiet parts of movies.
So that's the results in. Now let's draw our conclusions and discuss the scores given to the X500 on the next page.
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