Antec Fusion Micro

Cases

Testing

Methodology

We use a unique strength test that is a little simplistic and all it requires is my weight on the top and observing the bending etc. that the case exhibits. The ‘test’ is explained more here.

For the temperature and noise output testing, we use the same PSU in every test and observe the noise output and give you a relative reading on our scale.

The temperature results are taken from the system temperature of the case, the CPU and the chipset. We now also test the temperature of the HDD under a full low-level scan via SMART. The temperatures are taken at load and at idle for the processor using ‘CPU-burn in’ to load the cores. The Akasa AK-965 cooler was used which is very similar to the stock Intel.

Ambient temperature was 19C.

Results

This particular case, despite being a HTPC, coped admirably with the strength test and did not show any signs of weakness. As a result it is fair to say that it is perfectly acceptable to place another device, such as a DVD player, on top of the Antec Micro and it will be able to support its weight comfortably.

Hardware Temperature Results*:

 

Idle

Load

CPU Core 1

27

37

CPU Core 2

25

38

HDD

33

38

Chipset

32

41

System

25

29

*All temperatures taken in degrees C.

Evidently, the overall impression that these results give is that the Antec HTPC is very good at maintaining low temperatures in both load and idle states. The only anomaly being the chipset under load conditions which was slightly higher than the other components. This proves that despite being a petite case, it can still compete, in temperature terms, with more spacious cases that offer more cooling potential.

Noise

The two 80mm system fans whilst at high settings did cause a considerable level of noise but I would suggest that a medium setting would be most appropriate as it offers a good balance between noise levels and cooling levels as at medium or low settings, the noise produced by the fans was almost indistinguishable .

Cost

The Antec Micro Fusion is currently selling for between £110 and £125, which for a well-built, home media case is certainly not too high a price tag.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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