Ultra Chilltec TEC Cooler

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Ultra Chilltec TEC Cooler
First Look and Installation
Systems Specs and Performance

Product: Ultra ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler
Provided By: Ultra Products
Price: $149.99 MSRP

 

Introduction:

For many years, we have relied on air circulation to cool the vital components in our computer systems. As technology progresses, heat output increases from our processors and video cards as they are made to work faster than their predecessors. Do we feel that air circulation alone is becoming less reliable in terms of cooling? Some people do feel this is the case as they have switched to popular water cooling alternatives. Though water cooling is effective, it can also be a hassle to setup. You have to acquire the right tubing, make sure that you use the right coolant, and make sure that there are no kinks in the tubing… see where I am going?

TEC Diagram
Thermoelectric Cooler Diagram

 

Thermal Electric Cooling, or commonly known as Peltier cooling, is an alternative means to water cooling using hot and cold plates to transfer the heat from the processor to the heatsink. Ultra, a company that manufactures power supplies, heatsinks, and chassis’, has ventured into TEC and introduced us to use their Chilltec cooler. Does it perform better than standard cooling? Can it compete with water cooling systems from Swiftech, DangerDen, and others? I’m hoping so.

 

 

Box & Contents:

 Front of Box
Front of Box
 Specs on Box
Specs on Box
   
In The Box
In The Box
 All The Stuff
All The Stuff

 

Ultra sent everything to us in a small package that includes the heatsink/fan combination, mounting equipment, and the I/O drive bay. The I/O drive bay sits in a 5.25” bay for easy access to temperature monitoring and CPU load. Inside the box you will find all the necessary hardware for mounting the heatsink to your motherboard. There are various backplates for systems that use Socket 754/939/940, AM2, and Intel 775. If you are still use an older P4 Northwood or Athlon XP system, this cooler won’t be for you.