To test the cooling performance of the Wind Tunnel Plus - aka "The Sunon Beast" which I have named it now, we simply turned all fans ON and then OFF to test the difference in temperature of the CPU and graphics card. Both CPU and graphics card stock cooling were kept on as if we turned these coolers off we would have most likely had to replace them because of overheating. To measure the temperature of the CPU we used MBM5 and to measure the temperature of the graphics card we used ASUS Smart Doctor. Here is the (unoverclocked) test system which the testing was performed on... Please note the ambient room temperature during testing was 22 degrees Celsius and tests were performed in an idle environment, both sides of the case were closed at all times.
Processor - Intel Pentium III Coppermine 700MHz (7x100)
Cooling - Intel stock cooler
RAM - 128MB PC150 Mushkin CAS2
Video Card - ASUS GeForce2 GTS 32mb DDR
Cooling - Thermaltake Blue Orb
Operating System - Windows ME
CPU IDLE Temperature:
Fans ON: 25 degrees Celsius
Fans OFF: 29 degrees Celsius
Difference: 4 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit)
Graphics Card IDLE Temperature:
Fans ON: 32 degrees Celsius
Fans OFF: 37 degrees Celsius
Difference: 5 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit)
With the fans switched ON we can certainly notice a pleasant decrease in temperature. As soon as I turned the fans back ON, the temperature started to drop instantaneously. The fans cool the graphics card down by 5 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit). The CPU temperature wasn't affected as much as the graphics card, but with the fans ON compared to OFF the CPU did operate 4 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) lower compared with the fans turned OFF. While these temperature drops don't sound totally amazing, we should remember that these drops are a fair percentage of the total temperate and will help you when you are attempting to overclock your PC.
The Wind Tunnel Plus DIY mid-tower overclockers case from the CoolerGuys is a great case with what I consider a original and creative name. it's cost isn't cheap considering it is designed for the "value market", but for all the included parts it is when you sit and add it all up, it is indeed value for money. There are lots of nice features including sexy laser cut blowholes, fan grills, completely rounded edges and so on which I love. Using three Sunon high speed coolers ranging from 80mm to 92mm and a "free" slot cooler this makes for a very cool case which will help assist you overclock your PC with a very stylish and solid computer case. We were suitably impressed with the Wind Tunnel Plus, the only rant we have about this case is it's small reset button. Head on over to CoolerGuys as this is the only place you'll find this case online or offline for sale and I'm sure Todd and his crew will be able to assist you anyway possible, eg questions about shipping this big 10kg package around the world to your doorstep.
Rating - 8.5 / 10
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