Ultra Products ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 03-13-2007
Provided by: Ultra Products
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First Look

The ChillTec comes packaged nicely with plastic foam to protect it during shipping. Included is the cooler itself, a box labeled "assembly parts" and the 5 1/4" control module. Inside the accessories box we find an installation manual, registration card, a bag containing various screws / cables / thermal paste, three different backplates, a piece of black foam and a clear piece of material, which Ultra labels "isolation module A and B", respectufully. The installation manual describes in detail how to install the cooler on the various socket types it supports. The ChillTec supports AMD Socket AM2, 754, 939 and 940... along with Intel Socket 775.

The above pictures give a 360-degree view of the ChillTec cooler. The ChillTec uses a clear 92mm blue-LED fan rated at: Low - 2000 RPM @ 20 dbA, Medium - 2400 RPM @ 24 dbA, High - 2800 RPM @ 28 dbA. Even at the high setting, the fan is still relatively quiet compared to other CPU cooling solutions. As mentioned earlier, the ChillTec looks much like any other heatsink that uses heatpipe technology... that is, until you take a closer look.

Here we get a look at the heatpipes and the TEC which is sandwiched between two copper plates. Each plate has four heatpipes leading to the upper deck of aluminum fins that are cooled by the 92mm fan. Initially, the CPU is cooled by the "heatsink" - that is, the heatpipes and aluminum fins. When the CPU is put under load, power is applied to the TEC and the CPU is further cooled by the cold side of the thermo electric cooler. The hot side of the TEC is cooled by the second set of heatpipes.

Move ahead as we take a look at the included 5 1/4" thermal control bay and cover installation of the ChillTec...

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