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philip Sept. 22, 2014

With the BitFenix Colossus Micro build complete, it was time to run benchmarks while monitoring it with a thermal camera. There were some concerns in the community that the system would burn up, but temperatures held modestly well. We did see the GPU clock throttle a bit toward the end of each benchmark however.

We're still refining the automation for these benchmarks, but once we get it all ironed out expect to see more of these for our builds. For this set, we benchmarked both 3DMark 11 and Unigine Heaven. Video output, audio, thermals, total system power draw, and a plethora of stats were monitored concurrently and stitched together with some in-house software to generate the videos and graphs below. Ambient temperature was ~25°C (77°F) throughout the tests (and ambient temp is a measurement we're now logging with the runs as well). Enjoy!

Breaking things down further, we plot out all the measurements over time:

3DMark 11 - Extreme Definition

Power Draw

CPU Usage

Total CPU Usage

CPU Temp

GPU Usage

GPU Temp

GPU Core Clock

GPU Memory Usage

System Memory Usage

Ungine Heaven

Power Draw

FPS

CPU Usage

Total CPU Usage

CPU Temp

GPU Usage

GPU Temp

GPU Core Clock

GPU Memory Usage

System Memory Usage

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Rashiq 1 point 35 months ago

Hey Philip, can you test new ASUS Ares III?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Very, very unlikely unless someone provides one for us. The Ares III is a limited release - I believe only 500 are being made.

Elvyn 1 point 35 months ago

Can you test out the brand new EVGA GTX 980?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

We'll be using a pair of them in our next build.

Rashiq 1 point 35 months ago

I hope its two pairs!!

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Nope, just two. We have three on hand, but the case we're using only has enough expansion slots to fit two.

Toukassay 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Corsair 240 Air ? (pleeeaaaase :p)

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Unfortunately no. We should have it up in a week (or two if other things pop up that we have to deal with).

soccerdude84 1 point 35 months ago

Interesting to see that the i7 is, for the most part, underutilized. Would you consider testing with an i5?

RGoody 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

What software was that you were using to monitor everything, like the Temps and load? I hate using task manager because it's not all-inclusive like that program is. I have to have seperate one for temp (Speccy/HW Monitor).

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks for the info! I think I was one of those people worried about temps when this build was first presented. Still kinda wish we could have seen this info for a few different ways of setting up the flow in the case, though.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Did you guys get the temps of the vrms?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

We did not.

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