Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case

Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case

The company Aerocool has repeatedly surprised us unconventional approach to the design of buildings. Here we can recall and “open stand» Aerocool Strike-X Air, and affordable Aerocool GT-RS, and quiet Aerocool DS Cube, among many others. But this time, its engineers have surpassed themselves by submitting to the body, which can be called such a stretch.

In fact, this is a great designer called Aerocool DreamBox, from which you can collect anything. For example, the computer case. It was introduced in February last year and allows you to realize your fantasy, without having special skills handling any materials.

The site of the manufacturer Aerocool DreamBox called «a revolutionary DIY kit» – «a revolutionary set of” DIY “. Accordingly, to carry this product to a category (Large or Mid-Tower) is not possible, because you can gather from it is not only the tower, but also something else:

Therefore, we introduce a separate subcategory for him – the case of a design. But if in fact, you can use Aerocool DreamBox kit you can assemble a system on the basis of motherboard ATX form factor, a micro-ATX or mini-ITX. And all the rest depends only on the user’s imagination span.

Aerocool DreamBox: Packaging equipment

Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case

The box in which the hero of this review comes, compact and not too heavy. Its weight – 7.7 kg. Before us is “natural corrugated cardboard” color box with a monochrome print: «? Dream Box – What is your new creation» (the model name and the slogan “What will be your following creation?”).

Packaging is not provided with notches at the ends, but “life hacking” using the handle of the adhesive tape has not been canceled.

When unpacking it we will have a surprise: a double box. Inside hides another with full-color design and carrying handle:

But that’s not all, “cover” of the cardboard is removed, and under it we are waiting for the third box, is practically the same as the first:

Inside are four pallets of polyethylene foam with designer pieces:

Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case

Like this! The first impression – bewilderment. What follows from this is possible to build? And this does not even help manual.

It is a folded several times a glossy black-and-white sheet of A3. It lists a package and method of connection Set the main parts.

Understanding of it, how the body is quite difficult to be collected, but it refers to the site DreamBox.com.tw, where you can find examples of creations and video-guide assembly.

Aerocool DreamBox: Appearance and Design

But what about the body? Of course, they could not have done without. Here the reference version of the middle of the tower:

And an unusual variant of the open booth:

After reading these examples it is easier to figure out what you can create with this set of components, and immediately there is a desire to make your own version.

By the way, the company is inviting users to share their ideas with the public projects on the AeroCool official page on the social networking site Facebook.

But a closer look is entering into the details of the designer.

Aerocool DreamBox: Internal structure

As the hero of the review is delivered unassembled, the discussion in this section, at first glance, there is nothing. But this opinion is erroneous, because the housing component is both its interior.

In the picture below shows all that is included in the package:

  • Aluminium tube 50 mm – 17 pcs .;
  • Aluminium tube 150 mm – 12 pcs .;
  • Aluminium tube 200 mm – 8 pcs .;
  • Metal strip 245 mm – 4 pcs .;
  • Metal strip 395 mm – 4 pcs .;
  • Bi-directional coupling element 180 degrees – 8 pcs .;
  • The bi-directional link 135 degrees – 6 pcs .;
  • Bi-directional coupling element 90 degrees – 8 pcs .;
  • Three way connection element – 6 pcs .;
  • Four Directional coupling element – 9 pcs .;
  • Cap – 12 pcs .;
  • Mounting Ring – 20 pcs .;
  • Frame power supply unit – 1 pcs .;
  • Control unit – 1 pcs .;
  • Universal fixing element – 2 pcs.
  • In addition, in the box you will find:
  • Plastic cable ties – 15 pcs .;
  • Head to fit the standard rack for mounting the motherboard;
  • Nine rack for mounting the motherboard;
  • Screws for fixing the designer items – 400 pcs .;
  • Other standard screws.

In the photos you can see the details more closely:

Do not forget the developers and the convenience of working with the body and attach the supplied control panel.

It has two ports USB 2.0, two ports USB 3.0, headphone and microphone jacks, power button, combined with the LED, reset button and LED activity of the disk system.

It should be noted that the USB 3.0 connector allows you to connect a double and these connectors to a USB 2.0 connectors on the motherboard, which can be useful if used motherboard does not support USB 3.0.

Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case

Aerocool DreamBox: Testbed

The Aerocool DreamBox body was going to the following system:

  • Motherboard: ASUS P5PL2-E;
  • The CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, default voltage 1.275 V;
  • Cooling CPU: Intel Box;
  • Thermal interface: Gelid GC-Extreme;
  • Memory: 2 x 2 GB Samsung PC2-5300;
  • Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4 GB;
  • The disk subsystem:
  • HDD Samsung 250GB;
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 630 Watt.

Test configuration, without a doubt, the ancient. But even with such components can form their impression of the housing.

Aerocool DreamBox: Test

Let’s start with the official video that shows all the highlights of the assembly system:

Due to its nature, this set does not impose no restrictions on the dimensions of the components used.

However, I decided to stay at the most compact system, oriented horizontally, taking into account the use of motherboard ATX form factor. First, the foundation has collected:

Each of the connecting elements tube clamps with four small screws from the kit. It would be nice if they were pre-nazhivleny in the appropriate places, that would speed up the assembly.

Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case

The base used Four Directional couplers, to which are attached the bottom plug is inserted into the side combined to the required length of aluminum tubing. Above them are mounted side faces of the future of the system unit.

On the photo you will notice the four retaining rings, which are metal brackets with the motherboard will be installed. The latter is mounted on two metal strips 395 mm using standard racks and then installed in a ready base for screwing the four rings.

Here is what I got in the end:

The power supply has taken its place in the motherboard (in the case of a horizontal orientation – left).

Back view:

All parts are very high quality, no problem during assembly arose. All the ingredients are well combined and securely holds, the thread does not cause censures.

This system is assembled and ready for testing. Turn it on and look at the cooling system.

Aerocool DreamBox: Body cooling system

On the one hand, the system collected in my case, is actually a public stand, just neatly decorated. On the other – with mounting rings, which I still have thirteen pieces left after the assembly, you can install a few fans of any type or neatly mounted liquid cooling system.

Tools

For clarity, used for testing Aerocool DreamBox program combined in the table.

Warming CPULinX 0.6.4
Monitor CPU TemperatureRealTemp 3.60
Additional monitoring CPUCPU-Z 1.66.1
Warming GPUFurmark 1.17.0 ( «donut»)
Warming HDDIOMeter
HDD Temperature MonitorSpeedFan 4.49

Test Procedure

The noise level and cooling system efficiency Aerocool DreamBox evaluated in comparison with the open stand ( «Open Stand» on the charts). All tests were carried out in 64-bit Windows 10. In addition, the graphs for comparison values of the appropriate parameters of the environment ( «Ambient»).

Cooling

Intel Core Quad Q6600 processor was overclocked to 3000 MHz by a modest increase bus frequency up to 333 MHz. However, his power was increased to 1.45 V. warms it using LinX 0.6.4 (4096 MB, twenty iterations), and cooled to a temperature in a simple stabilization (five minutes unchanged).

For CPU temperature monitoring replied RealTemp utility. In all cases, the graphs shows the temperature of the hot core.

Modifier RAM is set to “4: 5.” As a result, the memory was also overclocked to 833 MHz frequency without increasing the voltage.

To heat the graphics card used utility FurMark version 1.11.0 with the following settings:

Fixing performance GPU temperature and CO turbine rotational speed made by regular means Furmark. The cooling system of the accelerator operated in automatic mode.

The temperature in the room throughout the test was maintained in the range of 25-26 degrees Celsius.

Noise

To check the acoustic parameters of the system in the Aerocool DreamBox and outdoor booth was run in quiet time. It measures the total noise emitted by the test system on the open stand and enclosure.

The measurements were made at a distance of 1.0 m from the front panel at a height of 50 cm from the plane on which you install the housing.

Test results

Noise

First check the noise level emitted by the system in the open stand and in the test case.

With the system in terms of noise, collected in the body, it is fully consistent with the open stand. This is not surprising, given the structure Aerocool DreamBox.

Cooling

Temperature indicators system Aerocool DreamBox identical open stand.

Aerocool DreamBox: Conclusion

The idea of ​​the designer Aerocool release under the guise of the computer case can be called at least interesting, because who among us has not loved as a child to mess with the designer? Moreover, and this will agree with me many users when building or upgrading a system unit configuration is often thought that some toys with age becomes only harder. Apparently, engineers Aerocool thought similarly, making this analogy literally.

Aerocool DreamBox price in the domestic retail is in the range 7000 – 8000 rubles. can be justified if we recall a large number of aluminum parts and the absence of restrictions on the size of components – only the frame, and the other On the one hand, it is quite a lot for such a solution from which the user is provided in nature.

Pros Aerocool DreamBox:

  • High quality workmanship;
  • The unusual format;
  • The ability to experiment and change the appearance of the body;
  • Four USB ports on the IO panel.

Cons Aerocool DreamBox:

  • The system components will inevitably gather dust.

Source: dreambox

Aerocool DreamBox Review and test case was last modified: December 30th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt