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!
Starting a new installment, here are gaming build guides for common price points. These builds take advantage of our parametric part list feature, so they should adjust automatically as part prices fluctuate through the day. Check them out and let us know what you think below or in the comments sections on the guides!
The BitFenix Colossus Micro is a perfectly practical case. However, the components we chose to put in it are not what you'd expect to see in a Micro ATX form factor. It was the perfect storm - we had both an Intel i7-4790K CPU and a Sapphire Radeon R9 295X2 video card on hand. That's right - the dual R9 290X video card with the attached closed loop cooler. The question was - can it fit? Yes! Barely.