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Our testing methods
With a 200W PSU and extremely limited clearance for CPU coolers, we've stuck with relatively low-power hardware to test the Element Q's capabilities. The case was run in two configurations: one with a Brazos-based board sporting an AMD E-350 APU, and another combining Intel's Z68 Express chipset with a Core i3-2100. Both configs used their respective platforms' integrated graphics processors.

Processor AMD E-350 1.6GHz Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Zotac Z68-ITX
Bios revision F2C 2K110617
Platform hub AMD Hudson M1 Intel Z68 Express
Chipset drivers Catalyst 11.7
Memory size 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
Memory timings


Audio Realtek ALC892 with 2.59 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.59 drivers
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6310 with Catalyst 11.7 drivers Intel HD Graphics 2000 with drivers
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64

We'd like to thank Corsair, Gigabyte, Zotac, Thermaltake, and Western Digital for helping to outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available.

We used the following versions of our test applications:

The test systems' Windows desktop was set at 1280x1024 in 32-bit color at a 60Hz screen refresh rate. Vertical refresh sync (vsync) was disabled for all tests.

All the tests and methods we employed are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.