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This summer is not hot, Realan E-M3 aluminum case evaluation!

[Date] 2013/7/25 1:22:02   [Author]   [Come From]   REALAN   Font Size:Small Medium Large

 

◆ Preface


In the recent years, Shenzhen Realan has captured a lot of customers’ hearts with high quality material and excellent design. And in the spring of 2013, it has produced a new aluminum case series M which concluding two models M3 and M5. Both the two kind of cases have get a market with the affirmation of large consumer!


In June, Realan has made some optimization and improvement about E-M3/E-M5, such as change power button, USB and audio locations; add mainboard fixed strip; add fixed angle iron between upper cover, lower cover and real panel; offer optional HDD bay; increase more air vents and so on.


The new design makes M3 M5 more perfect, and now let us appreciate some specific changes of E-M3.

 

 

Realan E-M3

 

 

E-M3 Detailed Specification

 

◆ Realan E-M3 Appearance Molding


Simple panel without Logo. Power button, USB and audio ports are moved to upper left which makes the whole front panel simpler.

 

 

Firm Grid Strip Design

 

M3 is like a vertical cuboid which is 222mm*251.5mm*211mm (W*H*D). Except back plate and bottom plate are 2mm, the other four sides are 4.5mm and the whole case is only 2.1kg. The grid strip design not only has a good appearance and comfortable feel, but also is solid and durable.


Except the front and right side of M3, the other four can be added a lot of dust-proof air veins which greatly increase the permeability of air exchange in the case and also make it much lighter in weight.

 

 

Realan E-M3

 

 

Realan E-M3 Air Vents

 

 

Three 4cm Fans, a 6cm Fan, Dual Wifi and Com Port

 

◆ Realan E-M3 Appearance Details


Realan E-M3 four sides (front/up/left/right) are grid strip design, very beautiful.


Except back plate and bottom plate are 2mm, the other four sides are 4.5mm aluminum to make. Very sturdy and durable.

 

 

New E-M3 Power Button, USB and Audio Ports

 

In older versions of M3, power button, USB and audio ports are in the middle of front panel, it will limit the length of display card. Therefore, the new M3 power button, USB and audio ports are moved to upper left.


The mini case we received is USB 3.0 + USB 2.0, and after negotiation with the seller you can choose double USB2.0 or double USB3.0.

 

 

Corner Workmanship

 

 

“Open” Label Design

 

 

SATA/Power Port

 

 

Can Install 2.5SDD/3.5HDD at the Bottom

 

 

2cm foot-pad

◆ Realan E-M3 Internal Structure


Realan E-M3 has a rich internal structure: install mainboard vertically, card slot is below, HDD is on the lower cover and power position is parallel to mainboard.


There are also some other detailed designs: SATA/Power expansion, COM ports, double WIFI, three 4cm fans, a 6cm fans and so on.

 

 

Vertical Realan Mini Case E-M3

 

 

New M3

 

 

Two PCI Expansion Slots

 

 

Realan E-M3 HDD Installation Position

 

Based on the expansion demands of customer, Realan has launched a new optional accessory (HDD bay) which is consist of two SECC steel rods. And without discrete graphics, you can install two 3.5" HDD or 2.5" HDD.

 

 

Realan E-M3 HDD Installation

 

In new versions of M3/M5, there are two SECC steel rods between front panel and rear panel; it is more easily for the connection of mainboard and case because of fixed strip. And even when you take down the back panel, the mainboard wouldn't fall! It is also convenient to install or dismantle CUP radiator.

 

 

Realan E-M3 HDD Installation

 

 

Add fixed angle iron between upper cover, lower cover and rear panel

 

 

Demountable M3

 

M3 has six standard faces which can be disassembled alone and be six thick aluminum sheets. And after installation, we have found that series M can be 38℃ RTX inversion installation.


No need to add or reduce any components, you just need to exchange two aluminum plates’ position up and down. As shown below:

 

 

Arbitrary Combination of Realan E-M3

 

◆ Realan E-M3 Compatibility


Realan E-M3 can install 110mm CPU radiator or some big horizontal type radiator. The depth of M3 is 211mm, but you’d better choose the graphics card which is less than 190mm for border reserved place.

 

 

Realan E-M3 Installation

 

Realan E-M3 can install 16cm power supply, but 14cm or SFX power supply is much better. And M3 HDD installation position is a slightly convex, it is easier to insert and extract cables, however, if it can be 3-5cm higher, it would be perfect.

 

 

Install Radiator

 

 

Install Prolimatech Samuel 17 + 12cm Fan

 

 

Install a SDD and a HDD (or two SDD) Simultaneously

 

 

Install 16cm Power Supply

 

 

The Length of Graphics Card is Less Than 19cm

 

◆ Test Platform and Description


First of all, author has tested the temperature of installing M3, these follow are the assembly parts of M3: Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3 @3.3GHz processor; MSI Z87I M/B; Prolimatech Samuel 17 CPU; InnoVISION GTX 650 Ti; ApacerDDR3-1333 4GB x2; Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W (SFX power supply); Intel X25-V 40GB SSD + Western Digital 640GB HDD.


The weather is getting hotter and the room temperature can be around 24℃ with interior air-conditioner. After playing “Crysis 2” twenty minutes, get the following data.


Record numbers is the highest temperature (non-average data). This is due to case’s cooling control system, and in practice the average temperature of each part in a case is much lower than test data. However, graphic card is an exception, when playing any game, it always keeps a high temperature.

 

Realan E-M3 test platform


◆ Realan E-M3 Temperature Test

 

 

Waiting Temperature Value

 

 

Maximum Working Temperature

 

On standby mode, the average temperature of Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3 quad-core is 34.25℃, WD HDD is 38℃, graphic card is 36℃ and fan speed is 1200RPM.


When playing Crysis 2, the highest temperature of CPU is 64.75℃, HDD is 44℃, graphic card is 76℃ and fan speed is 1890RPM.


When testing, there are only CPU fan and graphic card fan, both the two are very silent without any noisy.
On the whole, when playing the game Crysis 2, a thick metal case makes the whole computer to be a fanless radiator, for such a beautiful silent mini ITX case, it’s really unimaginable!

 

◆ Summary


Through continuous improvement, Realan new M3 interests more and more customers with its special model, high-quality material, firm structure and inversion installation.


Heat dissipation is always a big problem for a mini ITX case, but Realan M3 has overcome this problem. It takes a grid strip design which greatly enlarges the radiating surface and then so many air vents further improve its heat dissipation effect.


In view of material, inversion installation, heat dissipation and cost performance of Realan E-M3, we (Expreview.com) decide to grant Realan E-M3 (new version) Products Recommended Award.


 

EXPreview Products Recommended Award: M3

 

 

√ Advantages:

 

 


     
  • 4.5mm Aluminum Thickness

 

 


        • Good Compatibility

 

 


        • Perfect Heat Dissipation

 

 


        • Inversion Installation

 


        • High Cost Performance

 

 

X Disadvantages:

 


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Lower cover and back plate are a bit thinner.


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