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Inter-Tech H-606 – A Low-Cost Mini Tower with Sound Damping Reviewed

System Construction in Inter-Tech H-606

Now we come to system installation. As hardware I use a Intel Xeon 1230v3 on a Gigabyte H87M-D3H with 16GB RAM. The Xeon is represented by a LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120 cooled. An HD 7850 2GB from Asus is responsible for the image output. The power supply does the non-modular be quiet! Pure Power with 400W. In order to improve the wiring optically a little bit, I wanted to see single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks. But we can see immediately why this was not possible.

The installation of the hardware was completed quite quickly despite the limited space available. However, you have to be careful when choosing hardware. Where the maximum length of 320 mm for pixel accelerators leaves nothing to be desired and almost every graphics card should find room in the H-606, the buyer with a maximum of 150 mm for CPU coolers is already quite limited. Especially the stronger tower coolers are usually at least 155 mm high. The 152 mm high LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120 still fitted without any problems and even had a few millimetres of air to the side wall. Depending on the base, somewhat larger coolers could also fit into the H-606.

But now we come to the point why we have to watch the sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks could not use. If you install a power supply with a length of 150 mm, the space between PSU and hard disk cage is quite limited. In addition, there is not so much space between the mainboard tray and the sidewall. This forces you to run all cables along the left side. After all, there is 19 millimetres of space available here. In addition, it was noticed during cabling that a full-size µATX board covers almost all cable openings. Only the openings, which are actually intended for the 2.5″ SSDs, can still be used. With some thought, however, the system can still be wired quite acceptably.

Cable management

The assembly of the hard disks is very simple due to the frames. However, the red pencil was also used here. As already suspected, a large hard drive transmits certain vibrations to the body. The stability is fine for the targeted price range and the frames sit firmly in the cage with HDD built in.

Expansion cards are mounted outside the housing. To do this, first loosen two screws with a screwdriver to remove the cover. Here knurled screws would have simplified the situation somewhat.

Now we come in the conclusion still to the load test and/or the temperature measurements. Prime95 and Furmark were carried out for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 19 °C. The first stage of the project was the construction of the new building. Afterwards the temperatures of both components were read out with the tool CPUID HWmonitor. During the test, the case fan was continuously rotating at 1200 rpm. The fan on the CPU cooler with maximum 1000 revolutions per minute. After 15 minutes, the CPU reached 75°C and the GPU 74°C. This is already relatively warm for this hardware. High-end components should not be used in this mini tower. In addition, it must also be said that the case fan is definitely audible at full speed and has bearing noises. So real silent enthusiasts have to improve here and should order two more fans for the front at the same time.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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