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Ultra Microfly SX6

Ultra Microfly SX6

System setup and thermal performance:

• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 3.00GHz, stock cooler
• Motherboard: Abit I90HD
• HDD: Seagate ST3320620AS
• VGA: Nvidia 7900GS
• PSU: Ultra XVS 600W

In order to test the thermal performance of the case, we took temperature measurements while the system was powered and working placed on its motherboard box and then compared them with the readings we got when the system was installed inside the case, fully assembled. We used two external thermal sensors to take readings from the video card (back of the chipset) and ambient temperature. The chipset and CPU temperature readings are taken from the motherboard sensors. Finally, the hard disk drive temperature reading is taken from the internal HDD sensor, via the speedfan utility.

Idle readings were taken after the system was left at the windows desktop for 10 minutes.  Load readings were taken after running Prime 95 and PcMark05 concurrently for one hour. All of the case fans are running normally at full speed.

 
CPU
Chipset
Video Card
HDD
Ambient
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
Idle
Load
No case
34
61
36
50
40
48
40
49
19
19
Ultra SX6
40
67
40
59
44
58
44
56
24
29

While the thermal performance of the MicroFly SX6 is not astounding, it is relatively good. Yes, a temperature difference of 10 degrees between the ambient air and the case interior temperature is on the high side, but remember that this is a mATX case and the overclocked CPU is cooled by the Intel factory cooler. The acoustic performance of the factory installed fans and PSU is very good, with the PSU and the rear 120mm fan being very quiet while the front 80mm intake fan is audible, albeit not loud. Nonetheless, our system was fairly noisy because the CPU and GPU cooling fans had to speed up a lot under load in order to keep the components cool enough, killing the acoustic performance of the system. If you are seeking to build a low noise and yet powerful system, you will have to result to aftermarket cooling solutions for the power-hungry components.

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Stuart Davidson

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