NZXT Source 210 Elite Review

Editor: David Mitchelson  Date: 05-08-11   2 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Thermal Performance Testing

The Source 210 Elite has 2 pre-installed fans Ė a 120mm rear exhaust and a 140mm top exhaust. Unfortunately we donít have any intake fans. Typically these would be situated at the front of the case and would bring airflow in and across components and then the exhaust fans would direct this heat/air out. This will probably impede thermal performance slightly.

To discover the thermal performance of the Source 210 Elite I will record idle temperatures after 20 minutes from a cold boot. I will then stress the system and temperatures will again be monitored after 30 minutes have elapsed.

System Components
CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz
Motherboard ASUS M4A89TD PRO
Memory 4GB Mushkin EM3-10666 DDR3
HDD Samsung Spinpoint 500GB SATA-II
PSU Enermax Revolution 85+ 850W

As you can see from the graph above and as expected we arenít getting the best results at stock with the Source 210 Elite. Although they arenít included Ė front intake fans are a requirement for good airflow and I would recommend installing 1 or 2 behind the HDD cage.

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