Today we will get acquainted with the young company GameMax and the model of its production. This company was founded in 2013 in China and produced products for the domestic market, where it gained some success. Later, in early 2015, she entered the markets of Brazil, Europe and Russia.
The brand products belong to the budget segment and in addition to the system units, it includes power supplies, fans, game keyboards and mice, products for modding and other peripherals.
GameMax G537 case came into our lab. At first glance, it is a typical representative of available solutions, but it also has several chips that can surprise.
New GameMax G537 comes in a box of corrugated cardboard “natural” color. The print is black and white, except for the logo made in the corporate green color. On the end, you can find a sticker with a full-color print, which shows the body model and its image. Apparently, the manufacturer uses the same format for several versions, changing only the label.
Packing with the inside is very light, which is expected for a budget solution, because metal is the main thing that the manufacturer can save on. As a plus, we note the presence of cutouts in the ends for transportation.
Inside, the GameMax G537 case is wrapped in a plastic bag and sandwiched between foam retainers.
The User’s Guide is a folded four-sheet A4, printed on one side.
The text is in English only. The depicted body is not at all like the one we met.
The package is packed in a white cardboard box, which is the size of a 3.5 “hard drive.
It hides three pairs of sleds for installing hard drives, a black square block of rubber pads, a few black wires that should help in organizing the cables, and a bag with all the necessary cogs and a system speaker on a short wiring.
We’ll start the section in a standard way – from a photo for the press:
The appearance of the case can be called quite typical for low-cost system units. However, it looks neat.
The front panel is completely plastic. Plastic matte, which, in my opinion, is a plus – fingerprints will not be so noticeable.
At the very top in the middle is the LED activity indicator of the hard drive. Below, there are places for installing 5.25 “and 3.5” devices. Below them are two LED elements that serve as power-on indicators.
In the lower part there is a metal mesh covering an acrylic fan with a diameter of 120 mm, without any identification marks. Above it there is a landing hole for another model of 120 mm, but due to the fact that there is no corresponding hole on the front panel, the effect of its installation seems doubtful.
The front panel on the other side is a depressing sight, showing an example of an inaccurate attitude.
The rear panel is typical for models in which the power supply is installed from the bottom. In the upper part there are two plugs for the hoses of the liquid cooling system.
Below him a 90 mm fan is installed behind the processor socket. Even lower standard seven plugs of expansion slots and a seat for the power unit.
The bottom of the case is solid, except for the ventilation hole for the power unit, which is protected by a screen filter. The latter can be removed and washed if necessary. There are full-fledged legs.
In the middle, you can see mounting holes for installing a 2.5″ drive.
The side cover is equipped with an acrylic window with a print in the form of an uncomplicated logo.
The top face is solid, in the front part there is a control unit.
It is quite simple, but at the same time it is equipped with everything necessary. From left to right: USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, microphone and headphone connectors, emergency reset button and power button.
The power button is tactilely felt very pleasant, providing an elastic course of average depth. The emergency reset button, despite the small size, can be pressed without using improvised tools, but accidentally pressing is excluded.
It should be noted that all connectors are equipped with rubber plugs. I’ve never met anything like this in computer cases, and such a trifle can be very enjoyable.
Now imagine our traditional compilation …
… and move on to studying the internal device GameMax G537.
The motherboard compartment is located above the place for the power supply. In this regard, everything is standard for the form factor, in which the PSU is placed from the bottom.
The system board is fixed to standard hexagonal threaded racks. In the pallet of the motherboard there is a cutout, which should allow installing CPU cooling systems with a backplate without removing the motherboard.
As in other budget buildings, plug-in expansion slots in order to install a graphics accelerator and other expansion cards, will have to break out.
The hard disk drive is the simplest and allows you to install three HDD 3.5 models. “Pre-” hard drives “must be installed in the slide that comes with the package.
Now we’ll evaluate the GameMax case from the back side.
The openings of the cable management system are clearly visible. In the section devoted to the features of the assembly, I will highlight its effectiveness.
As usual in the case of budget buildings, the main criterion for the suitability of this instance for operation will be a conclusion about its ability to contain a test system, and also how thorough the assembly process is. Therefore, it is time for us to proceed to a description of its features and instrumental measurements. But first we list the components of the test stand.
The following system was assembled in the GameMax G537:
On the one hand, everything is standard. Side covers are fixed with bolts with a knurled head. On the other hand, when installing the power supply unit, some difficulties arose, the holes in the case were not very accurate.
The motherboard in the GameMax G537 is installed on standard six-millimeter racks. They have already been screwed into the tray in accordance with the ATX specification. Here we note that in this case, with the thread and the precision of the markup, everything is in order, the board was installed without any difficulties.
However, the cutout in the tray for the fixed cross is not suitable for the benchboard used, so the CPU cooling system was pre-installed on the motherboard. The cooling system fit “just right”.
It’s time to start organizing the cables. All of them were passed through the bottom hole at the bottom of the motherboard, and only then returned to the main compartment of the case to the necessary components.
Unfortunately, the depth of the side panel is not enough to comfortably accommodate unused cables. And to close it was pretty tinkering.
In terms of laying cables all very well, which is an undoubted advantage for a budget solution. As one more plus, we add that all the edges of the case are well rolled up and the assembly passed without any injuries.
However, when you break off the plugs of expansion slots (for example, when installing a video card) you need to be careful, because they are sharp enough.
The GameMax G537 cooling system is represented by one 120 mm fan with LED-backlight on the front panel that delivers cool air into the chassis, and one 90 mm fan behind the processor socket, which is responsible for blowing out the heated air.
In addition, you can install an additional fan 120 mm on the front panel, but because there are no ventilation holes for it, its effectiveness seems questionable.
For clarity, the programs used in testing the GameMax G537 are combined into a table.
The noise level and efficiency of the GameMax G537 cooling system were estimated in comparison with the open stand (” Open Stand ” on the charts). All tests were carried out in 64-bit Windows 10. In addition, the diagrams for comparison show the values of the corresponding parameters of the environment (” Ambient “).
The Intel Core Quad Q6600 processor was overclocked to a modest 3000 MHz by increasing the bus frequency to 333 MHz. At the same time, its voltage was increased to 1.45 V. It was heated with LinX 0.6.4 (4096 MB, twenty iterations) and cooled down in a simple manner until the temperature stabilized (five minutes without changes).
The RealTemp utility was responsible for monitoring the CPU temperature. In all cases, the graphs show the temperature of the hottest core.
The operative memory operated at a frequency of 1066 MHz at the nominal voltage.
The video card was slightly overclocked under the regular cooling system (840 and 1325 MHz for the video core and memory, respectively).
For its warm-up we used the FurMark utility version 188.8.131.52 with the following settings:
The fixation of the GPU temperature and the speed of rotation of the CO turbine was carried out by the standard Furmark facilities. The accelerator cooling system operated in an automatic mode.
The room temperature during the whole testing was maintained in the range of 25-26 degrees Celsius.
To test acoustic parameters, the system in GameMax G537 and on an open bench was launched at a quiet time. The total noise level measured by the test system on an open bench and in a closed case was measured.
Measurements were made from a distance of 1.0 m from the front panel at a height of 50 cm from the plane on which the housing was mounted.
First of all, let’s check the level of noise emitted by the system on the open stand and in the tested case.
After the system was turned on, it turned out that both regular fans operate at low speed and provide a low noise level. According to measurements at a distance of one meter, 35 dB were obtained, which practically corresponds to the open stand.
At this stage, the following results were obtained.
The cooling system GameMax G537 noticeably yielded to the open stand. However, this is not surprising if we take into account the work of two turntables at low revs.
The price of this model GameMax in retail is at the mark of $42. If you just add, you can buy, for example, GMC High Five , which we considered recently. In this case, the user will receive a more efficient cooling system.
As for the reviewer himself, the problems that arise when installing the power supply due to inaccurate mounting holes may be a feature of the test sample. But the lack of space behind the back cover, except as a constructive miscalculation is not called. Otherwise, we have a typical budget class solution, which is not worse, but not better than the others.