Ultra Chilltec TEC Cooler - Systems Specs and Performance

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

Test System Specs:

The testbed used for this cooler is somewhat more modern than my other system. The hardware used in this testing consists of the following:

  • Lian-Li PC65B Chassis
  • OCZ GameXStream 600W Power Supply
  • Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 3.0 GHz
  • 2 x 1GB Micron PC2-6400
  • Sapphire X1950XT
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4
  • 2 x Seagate 320GB 7200.10 S-ATA II Hard Drives
  • Windows XP Profesional Service Pack 2
  • For software, the following was used during the testing:
  • StressPrime 2004 Orthos Beta
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Supreme Commander
  • Speedfan 4.23

 

Inside Case
Inside & Running

Individual Testing:

In my initial boot, the I/O panel reported a temperature of 25C (77F). When both cores were at full load, the I/O panel reported a temperature of 40C (104F). I could not make the cooler budge past that point. When I was using my Zalman CNPS9500, the temperatures would get up as high as 55C (131F). Idle temperatures usually sat in between 31C (88F) to 34C (93.2F). Speedfan reported a temperature that was higher by 5 degrees C. This cooler definitely does its’ job when called upon and will remain in my main system for a long time to come. During the boot-up of my system, I could hear a slight buzz come from the TEC. I’m not certain if this is normal operation of the unit, or a technical issue, but I will be sure to bring it to Ultras’ attention.

 

Final Impressions:

I believe that I was skeptical when Ultra wanted us to review their products.  I read and heard about so many negative comments towards the X-Connect power supply. Eventually, Ultra has learned from their mistakes as the quality of the X-Infinity and X-Pro lines have increased tremendously. I can without a doubt, say that the Chilltec cooler is very reliable product. I am still going to address Ultra about the fluctuating LED’s on the fan and the slight buzz sound, but this won’t stop me from using their product. I’d like to thank Ultra for allowing us to review their products and I hope to review more of them in the future.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent cooling performance
  • Gives plenty of overclocking headroom
  • Not as expensive as some other TEC units on the market


Cons:

  • Can be difficult to install
  • CPU load meter not accurate due to animation
  • Only one TEC engine versus three or more on some other coolers.

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
n/a
Features:
9/10
Value:
7/10
Total Score 8.75


Again, we'd like to thank Ultra Products for sending out this cooler for a review.  Please post any thoughts, comments and questions about this cooler and this review in our forum at the comments link below.