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by Rob Williams on October 5, 2005 in Mid-Tower, Water-Cooling

Titan likes to be unique, and it’s very apparent in their product line-up. We are going to take a look at their Robela case, that’s far from being ordinary. Packed inside is a full fledged water cooling set-up, but also includes many of the features you look for in a regular case.

Testing


Robela Testing

This is our first water cooling related review on the site, so there will be no comparisons with others yet. Instead, we will be comparing temperatures from our Scythe Katana review. For GPU temps, we are grabbing the results from out eVGA 7800GT review. Also, we have compared the temperature differences between the Nano Blue thermal paste and Arctic Silver 5.

Here is the system that we used for the review:

Processor
AMD 64 3200+ S939 Venice @ 2.50 – 2.88GHz
Motherboard
Power Supply
Coolmax CXI 400W
Memory
2GB Corsair XMS PC3500 (1024MB * 2)
2-3-2-5 @ 2.7v
Hard Disks
160GB Western Digital 8MB Cache
2 * 200GB Western Digital 8MB Cache
Sound Card
Video Card
eVGA 7800GT PCI-E 256MB
Using BETA 78.03 drivers.
Etcetera
Windows XP Professional with SP2

To test CPU temps, we ran our usual programs to achieve maximum load. I started off with Prime95 and the Small FFT test. I then opened up two instances of Super Pi and ran the 32 Million test on each. I left the computer alone for an hour, and came back and grabbed the results with Motherboard Monitor. To test the GPU load, I simply looped 3D Mark 2005 for an hour. Easy to do, but very effective.

The results here are not too shabby. Compared to the Scythe, the Arctic Silver + Robela took off 7ºC off the load CPU. I have to mention that these are overclocked results, so temps are much higher than stock. The default chip speed of the Venice 3200+ is 2.0GHz, so these are good overclocks.

Even at a massive 880MHz overclock, the Robela manages to keep temps below 51ºC at load. Not bad at all.

It’s interesting to note that the Robela case temps are higher than the previously air cooled case. The sad thing is that this can hurt the temperatures of other components, especially HDD’s, as you can see in this chart below:

That is not a small jump. I consider ~50ºC to be the point of worry, because that’s far too high for a hard drive. Luckily, I have not felt the performance take a hit in any sense, but those temps should not be that high. Titan should have allowed better spacing for the hard drives, because the only real solution here is to purchase a few HDD coolers that fit in the 5 1/4″ drive bays.

I am happy with the GPU results though, as they helped me overclock the card higher. Whereas the previous max overclock was 470/1.12, it is now 480/1.20. Hardly amazing, but it is better. Even at load, equipped with the AS5, the max overclock load barely touched 61ºC. Even overclocked, there is absolutely no worrying about the graphics card overheating.