Akasa Galileo Ultra-slim Fanless Thin ITX Case

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TEST RESULTS

Given the two cases' similarities, the Galileo was paired with the same 55W Pentium G2120 used in the Euler review. Akasa does not specify the maximum CPU support of this case but the Euler handled the G2120 without any problems.

System Measurements
System State
Temperatures
System Power (AC)
CPU
Chipset
External*
Idle
33°C
49°C
30°C
12W
H.264 Playback
39°C
53°C
32°C
15W
TMPGEnc
66°C
67°C
50°C
32W
Prime95
72°C
68°C
56°C
38W
Prime95 + FurMark
87°C
82°C
69°C
54W
Ambient temperature: 23°C.
*External temperature measured using an IR thermometer pointed at the hottest portion of the chassis.

Under normal operating circumstances, the Galileo does a more than adequate job cooling the CPU. When idle or playing H.264 video, the CPU temperature remained under 40°C. Our TMPGEnc video encoding test pushed it into the mid 60's, a perfectly acceptable result for a realistic load test. A system like this is unlikely to be pushed further, though it also passed with Prime95 running and survived our ultimate synthetic torture test: Prime95 with FurMark running simultaneously. Our test chip throttles at over 100°C so there was a bit of headroom left.

The exterior of the case heated up considerably, becoming too hot to touch for more than a moment during Prime95. The chipset (PCH) also got quite toasty as its heatsink is not designed for fanless operation. Near the end of testing, we popped off the cover and saw the PCH temperature drop immediately, going down by 6°C after just a couple of minutes. If aesthetics are not important or the system is going to be VESA mounted, it might be advisable to punch a few holes in the cover to give the chipset some ventilation. The CPU temperature did not change at all with the panel removed; We sampled temperatures at various points along the cooling system and they were similar, having reached equilibrium.

System Measurement Comparison (Prime95):
Akasa Euler vs. Akasa Galileo
System State
Temperatures
System Power (AC)
CPU
Chipset
External*
Akasa Euler
54°C
63°C
39°C
41W
Akasa Galileo
71°C
67°C
55°C
38W
Results adjusted for an ambient temperature of 22°C.
*External temperature measured using an IR thermometer pointed at the hottest portion of the chassis.

Compared to the Euler, the Galileo is thermally inferior. The Euler has a very simple cooling solution, a big aluminum block, acting as a go-between between the processor and the rest of the case. The Galileo has a "proper" heatpipe setup but with only two pipes and half of the cooling area located underneath the case where it gets very little airflow, I can see why it's not quite as effective.



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