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Have no text to check? Click "Select Samples”. The test before us today is a test case, the Xigmatek Asgard 381 Dell Inspiron 1526 new manufacturer reference that we had made long ago.
Is gradually fleshing, the Asgard range of the manufacturer to date already includes the Asgard Asgard II Asgard Asgard III and Pro and XP, is often synonymous with quality housing, sober and surprising their report-quality price for limited budgets, many gamers qu'orientés in the majority of cases. The opportunity for us to verify that the 381 is up to the reputation worthy of their elders.
This is what we endeavor to show (or not) through our usual method, which allow us to determine the possibilities for Asgard 381 for cooling and measuring noise emitted during operation the test setup, which will be put to the test.
The housing 381 is a Asgard format mid-tower consists of steel and a removable front cover of plastic, entirely black, with dimensions of 505 mm depth, 195 mm in thickness and 445 mm in height, sold usually around fifty euros (excluding postage). Orientation input / low end does not betray at first glance, even some symptoms as HP Pavilion DV4 obvious caches PCI-Express disposable thin steel, one fan ... But, nevertheless, the appearance and finish, all two good overall qualities, however, can create an illusion among the neophytes PC. Especially as Asgard 381 demonstrated other qualities and other characteristics, which we will extend further forward thereafter.
On cooling, Asgard 381 has several vacant sites, in addition to the rear fan mode extraction of 120 mm provided (location also compatible with 80mm fans), two slots for fans of 120 and 140 mm in extraction mode on top of the housing and suction on the left side panel. We also note the presence of two sites for fashion fans suction 120 mm behind the removable front panel and a final location for 120mm fan at the bottom of the casing, next to the power supply, also in aspiration.
Behind the removable front panel, we can see, besides the two slots fans mentioned above, three 5.25-inch external locations, one of them has an adapter 5.25 to 3.5 inches (Xigmatek has also added a cache 5.25/3.5 inches). The removable front panel, once removed, sees the wiring before remain permanently fixed. A good initiative we would like to see more often.
No external 3.5-inch bay, but not less than eight drive bays 3.5 inches in a single vertical shaft with a proprietary mounting system without tools.
Only problem there was that detachable fasteners on the side visible on the photos, but not the other ... So, only four hard drives can be set through this, otherwise it is of course the solution screws (not included). Damage, however, there is no system for vibration damping, which can be disadvantageous from the point of view of noise emissions.
Always in the lower part of the case, we see that the lower slot for 120mm fan, but also as food, Compaq Presario CQ60 batteries are covered by a dust filter rather rudimentary, it is true, but which has the merit being there (do not forget that this is a case where the price is close to the first class price) covers both the optional 120 mm fan and the power supply.
Support motherboard, ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX, proposes a system we can not classic mounting spacers and includes a wide opening for mounting plate retention, not to mention several grommets, including height taken SATA and PCI-Express, decision ATX 20/24 pin power and rare in this price range, a dedicated cable last EPS 4/8 pin.
The Asgard 381 includes seven slots for expansion cards, we may choose to attach with screws (not included) or with a fastening system consisting of a door from embedding each card and keep it permanently, alas system incompatible with the graphics card MSI GTX 570 TwinFrozer III, for example, which has a small protrusion on the bracket, preventing the closure of the valve holder.
The motherboard sits on nine spacers and is suddenly fixed by nine screws (provided the only moreover, no screws for power, for 3.5-inch hard drives for accessories or 5.25 inches short, we hope that this is the case for our test, because otherwise one is not far out a yellow card to Mr. Xigmatek ;).
However, truce jokes, because of its limited width of 195 mm, the HP Pavilion DV6000 Dark Rock Pro C1 cooler Be Quiet! Our test configuration than a few millimeters and it took us “settles" a bit to close the case. Moral: avoid as much as possible the coolers over 16.5 cm in height and confined to less Ambitious models, at least in height.
Our EVGA GTX 460 takes place smoothly in 26.5 cm available (flower SATA HDD without connection and without 32 cm). Note that there is no removable HDD cage, so no way to earn a little space. Favor however as far as possible the graphics card insertion system with PCI-Express cables rather than frontal side (front in the case of our EVGA GTX 460). We can then opt for a leisurely fixing system using clasps or screws (except in the case of some graphics cards, see above, the MSI GeForce GTX 570 Twin Frozer III).
Similarly, we fix the chassis power by four screws (not supplied ...) is defined fan down or up direction fan either, except that only the connection finless down allows exploit the dust filter supplied connection for which we have chosen as part of the test setup.
The optical scanners and other accessories are 5.25 inch format either held by a proprietary system consisting one arm including two plastic tabs which are fixed in place of the screws and to Toshiba PA3465U-1BRS which they substituent, which is present only to one side, unfortunately. System a bit feeble and altogether rather unconvincing, but still consistent with the orientation input / low range and use less common for this type of drive or accessories.
With regard to the interior design, we enjoyed the presence of many grommets, including EPS rare in this price range, not sheathed with rubber and the edges are curved inward to prevent any cut. Not extraordinarily large either, however they are enough to slip the cables and hide for better air circulation inside the case as well as for an optimal design.
By cons, we deplore the small space behind the motherboard mount, great place to hide unsightly cables, only 1.5 cm in height, the blame falling again to low total thickness of the casing (195 mm).
In the end, it appears that is still highly possible to mount a proper configuration, without excess cables to facilitate the passage of air flow inside the case and get a 381 Asgard aesthetic result.
Intel Core i7 860 2.8 GHz
Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro CPU cooler
Motherboard EVGA P55 SLI
2x1 GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1066 MHz
EVGA GTX 460 768 MB
Antic HCG 620 W Modular
Windows 7 32 Bits
Fur mark Version 1.10.2
After half an hour of stress by the Dell Inspiron 1300 software OCCT or Fur mark for one minute in the case of the graphics card, we found the maximum temperatures of the main components of the configuration, including the motherboard, CPU, the graphics card and hard drive, which we subtract the ambient temperature, which we express as well as deltas.
First, here is the readings sound like the rest charge, compiled in four separate graphs.
We took the opportunity to introduce new data into the equation. Thus we measured the residual level décibélique (amounting to 33.4 dB (A)) of the test room and the noise level of the test setup alone (without other fans understand than the CPU, GPU and Food) mounted within the housing tested, here the Xigmatek Asgard 381, at rest and under load, fifteen centimeters and one meter. This is what the dotted lines correspond to the blue graphs.
As expected, the housing Xigmatek Asgard 381 proves to be rather noisy, because of its many vacant slots for fans, which strongly affect the overall mitigation of noise, but also because of the absence of any mitigation system vibration (screw eyelets on hard drives in particular, as is sometimes seen in competition, but again, this is consistent with the idea of entry). You will notice Dell Inspiron 1525 in passing that the curves are fairly straight readings, indicating a priori that the single fan provided a rather limited range of operation.
Statements motherboard and CPU:
Mixed results at best, but surprisingly close to each other.
GPU and HDD statements:
These two curves clearly show the limits of the simple cooling system depression which has opted for rear Xigmatek. Note that the readings are again fairly constant.
In conclusion and in a few words, the Asgard 381 is a pleasant surprise from Xigmatek, we propose a housing input / low end still convincing, though not without flaws, however. One can note a fastening system scanners unconvincing, an insufficient number of fasteners 3.5 inch hard drive (this does not affect maybe our test version, though), a single fan in the back, lack therefore robustness of the small thickness of the steel used for the chassis and side panels ...
But the HP 484170-001 Asgard 381 demonstrated a quality and overall finish quite satisfactory for the price (about 50 Euros shipping not included) and enough space for easy mounting, so that the addition of good points it is to win to be recommended if you are looking for a convenient package and unadorned, with still a few refinements: USB 3, many fans empty slots...
Asgard_381Difficile now not compare this to Asgard 381 Strong Enermax ECA 3250, just before he tested in our columns ... In fact, they are in the same price range and offer similar equipment. Although a little noisy, however Asgard 381 wins by a short head, mainly because of its easy installation and general aesthetic qualities and constructions more obvious.