Lian Li TYR PC-X2000 Chassis
Cooling & Noise Testing
To get a feel of how the case performs and feels when in use I built up a system within the X2000. Building the system was quite easy and took me a little less time than normal. The only niggly bit was fitting the DVD drive, and even then it wasn't a major issue. This was due to having to route the cable behind the drive and through the hole in the drive bay. The components used were as follows:
Coolermaster Silent Pro M 700w PSU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - with Arctice Freezer 7 Pro HSF
Corsair Dominator PC-8500 4GB
ATI Radeon HD4850
2x 500gb Seagate Barracuda's in RAID 0 Array
Asus 20x DVD-RW DL
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit
For the purposes of testing, I ran everything at stock settings using the built in fan controller. The controller has three settings, low medium and high. 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 X2000 with the supplied case fans.
As you can see from the results, there was a drop in all temperatures when changing from low to high fan speeds. We shall discuss this more in our conclusion.
Let's now discuss the noise levels at each fan speed. As Lian Li have labelled the case as a HTPC/Gaming solution, we have taken into consideration whether the noise generated would be acceptable when being used as a HTPC.
At low setting the noise is no more than a background hum, and I could hear the hard drives a lot more than the fans.
At medium setting, the fan noise was a little louder, but would be acceptable for a HTPC, where noisy cooling would not be acceptable.
At high setting, the fan noise was distinctly audible and may not be acceptable for a HTPC, as the noise could be heard in quiet moments of a movie.
So now we move on to our conclusion.
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