Sunbeamtech UFO Acrylic Cube Case
Published: 17th December 2007 | Source: Sunbeamtech.com | Price: US$79.00 |
One of the features that Sunbeamtech market in regards to the UFO Acrylic Cube case, is that of enhanced cooling to motherboard components.
* Intel E6600 with retail heat sink
* ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi/App motherboard
* 2GB XMS2 PC2-6400 RAM
* Gigabyte 7600GS graphics card
* 1 x Western Digital 80GB SATAII HDD
* Antec EarthWatts 500W PSU
* Pioneer DVR-A06 CD/DVD drive
* Creative X-Fi audio sound card.
All temperatures will be taken at both idle and load and measured with a digital thermometer, allowing 5 minutes for acclimatisation. Load will be simulated by running the Stanford Folding @ Home Windows SMP client, which effectively saturates the E6600 by running 1 thread per core. Graphic load was obtained by playing Valve's Counter Strike: Source at a resolution of 1280 x 1024. Ambient temperature during the testing period was a mild 25.9 Deg Celcius.
Possibly the hardest part of any active cooling review is summarising the level of noise given out by the fan/s. The threshold for what is considered 'noisy' varies from person to person and therefore what I may consider quiet, another person may consider extremely loud. For this reason, all reviews at Overclock3D use a dBA meter to measure the level of noise output by the fan/s. However, because the test system includes a number of fans (CPU cooler, PSU etc) I have chosen not to include any dB(A) measurements. I will however report my findings as objectively as possible.
On to the testing...