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.
Ironside Computers' watercooling setup worked quite well. Not only was the system quiet, but it kept the CPU temperatures to a minimum. The i5-3570K managed to reach a max temperature of 61 degrees Celsius, well within the limits of the chip.
On the GPU side of things, the GTX 670 also performed quite well. It reached a maximum temperature of 76 degrees Celsius, well within GPU temperature limits.
The Cyclone ties with the Digital Storm Bolt for being the quietest desktop system that we have ever tested. It produced just 49 decibels of sound.
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, not including the monitor.
At idle, the machine draws 98 watts. This means it's about the same as leaving two incandescent light bulbs running. During a full load, system energy draw spikes to 289 watts, which is towards the bottom of all the systems we've tested. Good temperatures help keep energy draw down.