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Practical Tests

I took a Shark as an opponent to the 3D Aurora because it was the leader in my previous tests in such parameters as CPU and graphics card temperatures. The Shark has a similar configuration, although it doesn’t have a second rear fan. And anyway, bare numbers hold little information without a comparison.

The Shark’s side window works better as a means of ventilation, as you can see. The meshed window of the 3D Aurora creates some additional resistance to the stream of air thus negatively affecting the graphics card temperature. The CPU and mainboard are luckier, though. Having two 120mm fans on the rear panel, the 3D Aurora ensures better thermal conditions for these components that the Shark does. As for the hard drives, there are no obstacles in front of the intake fan in the Gigabyte case and this ensures a certain advantage as concerns the HDD temperature.

The additional resistance on the way of air makes the 3D Aurora to perform worse than the Shark in this test, excepting the HDD temperature. You can’t even say that the fans of the 3D Aurora are too slow: its two 1000rpm fans are still more powerful than the Shark’s single 1300rpm fan.

The results of the two system cases are almost identical when a real gaming application is running. So, there’s no big difference between them as concerns typical operational modes.

The 3D Aurora wins the HDD test, however, due to the above-mentioned reasons.

As for the noise factor, I could only hear the noise of the hard drive during my tests. There were no sounds other than that. Of course, the system is not absolutely noiseless, but you can only hear it in perfect silence, sometime deep in the night.

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