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Sharkoon TG5 Pro RGB – The classic gets an upgrade

System construction in the Sharkoon TG5 Pro RGB

Now we come to the system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 32GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-3000. The Ryzen is cooled by an EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure. For the image output a GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabyte AORUS is responsible. The power supply does the non-modular Berlin Pro RGB 650W with RGB fan.

After removing the two side parts, the system building could already start. As expected, there were no significant complications during the assembly. The space is good and the spacers are pre-installed for a normal ATX mainboard. Most of the cable management openings are also well placed and the space behind the mainboard tray is good. However, in terms of the cable management system, we would have liked an additional opening for the HD audio cable in the power supply cover, and the channel on the right side of the mainboard could have been made a bit larger. In the end we were able to create a tidy looking system in the Sharkoon TG5 Pro RGB.

There are hardly any restrictions with regard to general hardware compatibility. Graphics cards are supported up to a maximum length of 400 millimetres and CPU coolers up to a maximum height of 167 millimetres. This is sufficient for all current GPUs and for very many CPU coolers. Despite the compact design, the power supply unit can also be up to 205 millimetres long. In this case, however, the buyer has to do without the HDD cage. With HDD cage, the power supply should not be longer than 150 millimeters. If you want to install a water cooling system in the TG5 Pro RGB, there is room for a 360 millimeter radiator in the front.

Sharkoon equips the TG5 Pro RGB ex factory with four pre-installed fans. All fans have a milky frame and seven white fan blades. Power is supplied via a normal 3-pin connector or via an old-fashioned 4-pin Molex connector. The maximum speed of the fans is 1200 rpm. At full speed, the fans are clearly audible from the system, but don’t look unpleasant yet.

Finally, we’ll come to the temperatures reached in the Sharkoon TG5 Pro RGB. During the stress test, Prime95 and FurMark were run at a room temperature of 21°C for 15 minutes. Additionally, this test was conducted in three different variants (case fan at 12V, case fan at 7V, without front panel + 7V). In all scenarios the Ryzen 5 1400 was overclocked to 3.8 GHz and supplied with a voltage of 1.25V.

Scenario Temperature
CPU: 50% PWM (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
Housing: 12V (1200 rpm)
CPU: 84 °C
GPU: 72 °C
CPU: 50% (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
Housing: 7V (700 rpm)
CPU: 89 °C
GPU: 75 °C
CPU: 50% (1100 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
Housing: 7V (700 rpm)
without front panel
CPU: 72 °C
GPU: 65 °C

One thing quickly becomes clear after the measurements, despite the four fans, our overclocked CPU clearly starts sweating. Compared to other cases, the maximum CPU temperature is too high even at full speed. Removing the front panel has reduced the temperatures by 17 °C for the CPU and 10 °C for the GPU.

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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 Bad Segeberg.

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