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Antec Fusion 430 HTPC Case

Testing: Voltages And Temperatures

To test the functionality of the Fusion 430 case, I installed Nvidia's monitor tool, SpeedFan and Prime95. The Prime95 program places the system under full load to create as much heat as possible, while the Nvidia monitor tool and SpeedFan monitor the temperatures and voltages of the system.

For the first stage of testing, I connected the system to an LCD panel to simulate a student at college using the system as a computer, TV and PVR all in one. I started testing with a stock CPU heat sink and fan, and then escalated to a CoolerMaster GeminII. The testing was completed under various conditions and the high/low readings are included as are the average readings. See the table below for the results. (All temperatures in the tables are in Fahrenheit.)

ComponentLowHighAverage
CPU101105103.15
System889189.85
nForce127140136.7

Table 5: Temperature (F) Testing Results for 100% CPU Load

ComponentLowHighAverage
CPU949897.15
System909593.7
nForce151174167

Table 6: Temperature Testing Results During TV Watching/Recording

SensorLowHighAverage
VCore11.351.351.35
VCore21.221.221.22
+3.33.253.253.25
+5.04.954.974.96
+12.011.7111.7111.71
-12.0-0.76-0.84-0.812
-5.0-0.73-0.78-0.77
+5.0VSB5.035.035.03
VBAT2.882.882.88

Table 7: Voltages during 100% CPUL Load

SensorLowHighAverage
VCore11.351.351.35
VCore21.221.221.22
+3.33.253.253.25
+5.04.924.974.947
+12.011.7811.7811.78
-12.0-0.92-1.42-1.214
-5.0-0.73-0.78-0.7375
+5.0VSB5.035.035.03
VBAT2.882.882.88

Table 8: Voltages during TV Watching/Recording

The tests were completed with the stock cooler and a total of 60 data points were taken in groups of 20 after a cold boot. Each data set covered one hour of testing under the conditions specified.