Page 1:Spending It All
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
Page 13:Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 14:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 15:Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion
This was yet another simple budget build that went off without a hitch, so there isn’t a whole lot to comment on regarding assembly. There are, however, two areas worthy of mention: the CPU cooler and the Antec enclosure.
Cooler installation was rather simple, entailing removal of the attached Intel mounting hardware, application of thermal grease, and clasping down the familiar AMD socket clip. While secure, this clip limits installations to vertical airflow; sufficient, but not exactly ideal in today’s installation.
As with many of Antec’s original Solution-series enclosures, accessing the internals of the NSK 4482B requires removal of the top panel prior to the side panels. Overall, this is a clean, well-built case, although many of its features aren’t exactly geared towards the enthusiast.
For starters, there’s no access cutout in the tray, so be prepared to remove the motherboard should the desire arise for an exotic cooler upgrade. This is unlikely to be an issue for the target consumer though, as airflow itself is limited to the one rear 120 mm exhaust fan, and room to add just a single optional 80 mm intake fan behind the front bezel.
Lastly, depending on the individual application, the case could limit the length of add-in cards to 9.5 inches. Our ASRock motherboard uses the 2nd expansion slot for the primary graphics card. While this GeForce GTX 460 is roughly 8.5 inches long, the power leads prevent use of the bottom HDD bay. This is a limitation of the enclosure’s fairly small footprint. Though, had Antec shortened the removable 3.5” drive cage to include one less bay, we’d be able to pop in a massive 12” graphics card and had room for a larger intake fan.
- Spending It All
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary, Efficiency, And Conclusion