Temperatures, Cooling and 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.
The Vanquish manages to keep CPU temperatures in check on this lower-end i5 processor that isn't overclocked. For this processor and clock speed, the Zalman air cooler fitted is plenty. If you plan to move to a 4770K and overclock, you'll definitely want to get a better cooler.
On the GPU side of things, the GTX 770 reached a maximum temperature of 81C, which is actually one of the hotter GPUs we have tested. Thanks to the DirectCU II design, however, noise wasn't a massive issue.
Sound-wise, we get a middle of the road 50 decibels. It's not the quietest, but it certainly isn't the loudest, coming in 9 whole decibels lower than the loudest machine. 50 decibels is easily manageable and tolerable.
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.
The GTX 770 proves itself hungry, resulting in a load power consumption of 388 watts. This is the third highest consumption, beat only by the dual GPUs of the Chimera and the powerful ODE gaming system. At idle, power consumption drops to 71 watts, making it the third lowest.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Bundle & System Pictures]
- Page 3 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - CPU Tests]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Storage Tests]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - System Tests]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Gaming Tests]
- Page 8 [Temperatures and Noise & Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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