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ChillVent II Deluxe Cooler Review

Former staff writer    -   January 25, 2004


Installation
Now, as with pretty much anything, there are going to be a few bumps along the road to success. And in this case, there's a couple.

I'll let you take a peek inside my case to guess what they might be.



Guessed yet?

Well, if you named off the fact that I have a blower fan (Aero 7 Lite Review) and the positions of my hard drives...we'll, you're really on the ball.

Here's a peek of the problems

  

Thankfully, part of my problems are solved by the ChillVent kit's inclusion of an 80mm fan. After the removal of the Aero blower fan, the new one simply clips right in. Furthermore, for heatsinks that don't have the ability to just clip another fan in, there are 4 screws included with the kit to allow you to attach the fan to the ChillVent itself.

As for the harddrives, I took out the front fan clip from that HDD rack, and moved the HDDs forward. Unfortunately, that didn't quite sketch out the way I had hoped, as they were still a tad too close.

 

Again, this is where the brilliant minds at Kool Solutions kick in. On the Vent they have included V-notched scores, which allow you to cut away specific pieces quite neatly. The piece I took off not only allows me to fit the ChillVent properly into my case, but if I were to put an intake fan at the front of my case, fresh air could be blown right into the bottom of the vent.

Now, with the attachment of the PSU bracket, which uses the included velcro tabs to securely attach it, the ChillVent is set in place. Because of the height of my case I can't use the bottom brackets, but if you are going to use them they simply attach to the bottom of your case with double sided tape and there you go.



I should mention here that the instuctions both included with the kit, and those on the website kind of suck. There's a lot of words and options, but if you're like me, you like to have pictures to make sure you're not gonna mess up the most important part of your computer, and one animated GIF doesn't really cut it.



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  2. Installation
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