The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 23c – a comfortable environment for the majority of people reading this.
Idle temperatures were measured after 30 minutes of ‘resting’ in the Windows 7 environment. System temperatures were measured by running Furmark with Cinebench R11.5 64 bit in a loop for 30 minutes then recording the maximum temperatures during this time period.
We attached 5 diodes to the internal of the chassis.
1: next to the optical drive at the top of the case.
2: Above the motherboard, next to the CPU radiator.
3: Above the drives.
4: next to the memory, above the graphics card.
5: on the power supply.
The case copes well, considering the small vertical footprint. We have no concerns, although it is disappointing that Alienware didn’t allow for overclocking in the bios as the system has potential for modest clock gains. Most 3930K can hit 4.2ghz-4.4ghz without any core voltage increase.