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

02-10-2008, 03:13:01

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

Oh well.Quote

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.Quote

02-10-2008, 11:12:40

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

02-10-2008, 11:37:47

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

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 Quote
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