ChillVent II Deluxe Cooler ReviewFormer staff writer - January 25, 2004
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $29.99 USD
Alright, so we're all familiar with the idea that we need to keep our CPU cool. If we don't, we're out a rather expensive piece of equipment. So, as overclockers and extremists, we're always scrounging for those few degrees so we can push out those few extra megahertz of speed and the ChillVent system helps us do exactly this. By taking a formed piece of plastic, its designed to take the cool air from the bottom of your case and direct it right onto the hottest place - your CPU. The idea behind venting your system isn't a new one, but the ChillVent is certainly a new and easy to use system. Without further adieu, let's take a look at how this baby works.
The ChillVent arrived to me in a fairly plain brown box. Seeing as how my home address is plastered all over it, you don't get the priviledge of seeing it. It was well secured and everything inside was neatly packaged in bubblewrap or smaller cardboard boxes. After sifting through everything we end up with this.
As we can see, the main vent part is made up from 2 pieces. The large vent and the CPU vent cover, which simply snaps on. That's one thing I rather liked about this system, it all just snaps together. And it stays together, they are pretty tight. Below you can see the front and back of the vent. the two holes in the back allow the 2 40mm fans to blow air over the top and bottom of your video card, and, if your Northbridge is in the right spot, it hits that too. Definate benefit for Asus mobo users (as most of those are still passive HS, I believe). The screws are included, and the fans go on easy as pie.
The fans included are one 80mm fan rated at ~3000RPM. No decibel ratings, but its pretty darn quiet. The 40mm fans are silent as well, no high-pitched hum you get with some fans. The 40mm fans are on the same Molex lead with a passthrough so you don't jam up a Molex lead, and the 80mm fan comes with a 3 to 4 pin Molex adapter in case you don't want to run the power off your motherboard.