TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
5,921 Reviews & Articles | 38,153 News Posts

iBUYPOWER Chimera 4SE Desktop Gaming PC Review - Temperatures, Noise, and Power Consumption

We take a look at iBUYPOWER's spectacular looking and high performance Chimera 4SE gaming desktop PC in our return to desktop reviews.

| Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 3:53 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: iBUYPOWER

Temperatures, Cooling, Noise

 

The system is fully loaded using Furmark and Prime 95, similar to our laptop testing. The sound recordings are made in front of the machine, about 6 inches from the center of the tower. Temperatures are reported as recorded by CoreTemp and Furmark.

 

TweakTown image content/5/1/5121_40_ibuypower_chimera_4se_desktop_gaming_pc_review.png

 

The Corsair H60 only does a decent job of keeping the system cool. A max temperature of 89 degrees Celsius is a bit higher than what I would normally like to see a CPU achieve. I'd definitely opt for a better cooler on this machine, given the chance. The video cards reached a max of 84 degree Celsius, which is within an acceptable range for a GPU to operate.

 

TweakTown image content/5/1/5121_41_ibuypower_chimera_4se_desktop_gaming_pc_review.png

 

The system put out a maximum of 52 decibels during this test, which isn't an ungodly amount of sound. It would be easy to hear your game over the noise of the machine. During normal use, the system would have trouble reaching this sort of sound output because it will rarely be as loaded as it is for our test.

 

 

Power Consumption

 

Power consumption is measured while the system is loaded for the temperature test and while sitting idle at the desktop. Measurement is taken at the wall, so it includes everything running in the system.

 

TweakTown image content/5/1/5121_42_ibuypower_chimera_4se_desktop_gaming_pc_review.png

 

At idle, the machine draws 96 watts. This means it's about the same as leaving two incandescent light bulbs running. During a full load, system energy draw spikes to 604 watts, which is a fair amount of energy to be drawing. Considering the system features a top-of-the-line CPU and dual GPUs, this draw isn't unheard of.

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Computer Systems content at our Computer Systems reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Post a Comment about this content

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

TweakTown Web Poll

Question: Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR will...

Improve Oculus Rift Development

Hamper Oculus Rift Development

Completely destroy Oculus Rift Development

Let's wait and see, I'm not sure

or View the Results

View More Polls

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases