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  Forum Index - Reviews - How We Test
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faceless105
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Post Subject: How We Test
Posted on: Jan 24, 2008

This will be a constantly growing thread as this site will be forever growing and we're always working to bring you as much information as we possibly can.

Temperature Readings
INF 200 Infrared Thmperature Gun


When this is being used, it is moved over the suspected hot spots. It records the max temperature, min temperature, avg temperature, and the change in temperature. It has a range of up to 1.5 meters before losing accuracy. and can accurately measure temperatures within -40F to +788F.

Sound Level Readings
SL-5858 Sound Level Meter


When this is being used, it is used in an as noiseless as possible room. A completly noiseless room is impossible to find so we go for as good as we can.
Measuring: A .40-125dB C. 40-125dB Line. 40-125dB
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Detection characteristics: fast/slow
DC output: 10mv=1dB
Resolution:0.1dB
Accuracy: 1dB

These won't be the last measurement tools. We are held back a bit on purchasing new equipment though just because this site is completly non-profit, but if anyone has any reccomendations on what testing equipment we should get next, I'd love to hear it!!

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Gh0sTly
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Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Jan 24, 2008


Possibly a digital multimeter.


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doghills
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Posted on: Jan 24, 2008


Well a basic testing system would always be good. But I can first and formost you should try to start looking up case companies saying that you now have something to actually measure how well the case cools. (I have to say that this will work really well for testing things like heatsinks also.)

Also you could always search around for a HD2900 series card for testing power and heat output. (Actually I saw an article somewhere about cards that use the most power.) Or you could make a cheap system using an overclocked Pentium D and and say maybe x1900s in crossfire.


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faceless105
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Post Subject: subject
Posted on: Feb 12, 2008


I hunted around for the HD2900 series card but didn't have much luck, hows it work? and do you have any links to one?

Right now I'm researching how to setup a PSU tester. I'm following a pretty accurate worklog being done on another site where a guy has been building one of his own for approximately $700. This is think will be a nice summer project as I already have the test box for it that I know would work great.

and again, if you guys ahve any requests for specific things you'd like to see tested, don't hesitate to put out some suggestions :)


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