Ultra ChillTec Thermo Electric Cpu CoolerFormer staff writer - April 8, 2007
To be totally honest, I’m not very thrilled with the Ultra Chill-TEC. For one, it’s loud even at normal speed. I could never get the CPU temperature high enough to hear what it would sound like if it were on high, but I’ll pass. I also didn't like the fact that you cannot adjust the fan speed manually.
Being as big as it is, I would have also thought that the heat dispersion would have been better. Peltier coolers take the heat from one side and disperse it to the other - that part of the equation does work. Now do you really need the extra power draw? As you saw in the specifications, the unit at 100% load draws 50W of power. There goes the electric bill.
I live in Florida where it can get quite hot outside. Recently I have needed to use the climate control in the house to cool down. If I had written this review when the weather was cooler, I would have misguided everyone. Why? Because before it heated up here, I either had the windows open, or it was cool enough to keep the windows closed, in order to maintain a constant temperature in the house. So the inside air temperatures of the case were cooler. Now that the climate control is on 'ambient', temps inside the case have gone up, even though the temperature in the house remains a constant. With that being said, since a peltier cooler keeps temperatures lower than ambient air inside the case, my CPU temperatures although cooler than the ambient air, increased.
I did not have this problem with the XP90 and the XP90 did not produce as much fan noise. Personally, the up-and-down noise the Chill-TEC fan was creating is quite annoying. I would have to say that if you live in a cooler climate, the Chill-TEC would be a fair investment. However, if you are eco-friendly and don’t like to deal with the noise, think twice about it.
- Nice control panel
- Very Large, will not fit in some cases
- Draws a lot of power @ 100% load
- No manual fan controls
- Big - takes up a lot of interior case space