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.
I wish our noise testing came first as it explains why these temperatures are high. On the CPU, we measured a max temperature of 90C, making it the hottest CPU we've recorded. We note that the CPU cooler seems to not have enough socket pressure as it spins easily while installed. As far as we can determine, it would appear to be by design as all screws are tight.
On the GPU side of things, the GTX 780 reached a maximum temperature of 99C, making it the hottest GPU we've tested.
Here is where those temperatures pay off. Since your system is unlikely to be fully loaded while gaming, it's unlikely that you'll reach those temperatures, especially on the CPU. But if you find yourself pushing a full load, you'll find solace in the whisper-quiet 43 decibels produced by this machine. The only machine quieter is the Z1, an all-in-one workstation, not a gaming powerhouse.
Let me put it this way: my refrigerator is louder than the system at full load. A bit of music at any level would easily cover it up.
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.
Power consumption is solid, with an idle draw of just 67 watts. Under full load, the processor and GPU crank up and suck a total of 336 watts. This isn't particularly high, especially when you start looking at the performance and how it stacks up to the others in the chart above.
The Bolt and Revolt are both SFF systems featuring lower GPUs, and the Cyclone is bested by the performance of the Quiet PC. The ODE and Vanquish were both beaten in nearly every test and they used more electricity performing worse.
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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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