In order to assess the performance of the Zaward Golf Fan II we’ll look at two important factors: airflow and noise. Airflow will be tested by installing the fan to our test bed’s current chassis and comparing the idle and load temperatures produced with the Zaward installed to the results of with other competitor fans installed. Noise is difficult for us to assess as very expensive equipment and a soundproofed room is needed, which costs more than a small fortune. Therefore, we’ll rank how quiet the fan is in comparison with the other ones on test using the trusty human ear.
|Case||Coolermaster Storm Sniper|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.2GHz|
|Motherboard||Asus P6T SE|
|Memory||OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600MHz (3x2GB)|
|Graphics Card||Sapphire 512MB 4850 Vapor-X|
|Power Supply||Tagan 680W Super Rock|
|CPU Cooler||Stock Intel|
To gain more accurate results our tests will be carried out with all other fans removed from our Coolermaster Storm Sniper chassis. Therefore, the cooling will only utilize one rear exhaust fan, the CPU cooler and Graphics Card cooler.
The temperatures will be recorded using HWMonitor and the load state will be achieved by running Prime95 and ATi tool’s ‘Scan for Artifacts’ feature for 15 minutes. The temperatures will consist of: CPU, GPU and System.
For greater comparison, the other 120mm fans we will be using consist of:
- Akasa Apache
- Coolermaster Stock 120mm
- XThermal BTF120PRO LED