Ultra Chilltec TEC Cooler - First Look and Installation

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

First Look:

The heatsink/fan combination was not as big as I thought it was. The size of the cooler is somewhat comparable to the Zalman 9700 in terms of mass and weight. The bottom of the heatsink uses copper for maximum heatsink transfer. The mounting system uses 4 pressure screws that attach itself to the backplate.

 

 Cooler Profile
Cooler Profile
 Cooler Fan Side
Cooler Fan Side
   
 Cooler Fins
Cooler Fins
 TEC Wires
TEC Wires

 

If you have a big aftermarket cooler installed on your northbridge, you may have a hard time installing the TEC onto your processor. I had to remove the Noctua NC-U6 northbridge cooler from my system to install it. The one thing I do like about this cooler is that if the thermal electric portion of the cooler fails, the heatpipes will continue to dissipate the heat. Having that extra bit of redundancy can be helpful in case one part fails.

 

Installation:

As mentioned, the Chilltec comes in two parts. You have the I/O drive bay that gets installed into any 5.25” slot, while the heatsink is attached via backplates to the motherboard. Only two cables go between the two devices that measure CPU thermal load, fan speed, temperature and uptime. The I/O LCD comes with multiple colours to suit your tastes. I prefer blue, as you can tell. Cool

 Front I/O
Front I/O
 I/O Module - Rear
I/O Module - Rear

 

Installation is somewhat a pain for Intel 775. The motherboard needs to be removed from the system before installation can take place. Once you have the proper backplate chosen, you have to place the rubber insulator in front of the backplate to prevent the backplate from shorting out the motherboard. The next step is to attach four metal clips to the heatsink so that it can be mounted to the backplate using four pressure screws. The screws have to be screwed in alternating from 1 to 4 and 2 to 3.  Once that is done, you can install the motherboard back into your chassis. Connect the two cables from the I/O panel to the heatsink and you are done.