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- Wednesday, February 4th, 2004 Like Share






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Ace Feb 9, 04
well like i mentioned in the review, this is aimed at people who really want to do very little work and dont want to chance damaging their components at all. the air vent is kind of neat but looks really ghetto. the chillvent starts at 19$ so it's not a lot more than the vent tube. the clear version that they have coming out looks pretty nice actually.

toucs- the air duct doesnt use plexiglass, just a piece of airduct and some plastic mounting. with the 8C rise are you comparing a chillvent and a stock solution that are both under load? and what kind of heatsink/processor combo are you using with it?
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SkipCox Feb 9, 04
Redemption,

That is absurd...you can't buy the fans, adapter cables, screws and so forth for the price of a Chill Vent.

You build one for less that works and I'll pay the patent office fees.

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CleavesF Feb 9, 04
the tube OC kit even though it's probably as cheap to make as the chill vent is probably as comparable in real life situations.

Obviously it's not the pretiest of things, but then again, lowering your CPU temps ~3-4 degrees Celcius isn't really a huge gain.

I would suggest upgrading your heatsink first as that would make the biggest difference to start with.
The tube OC kit or the chill vent is only to gain a little more "stability" slack as I'd like to call it. Both in my honest opinion aren't worth it for the money, but if I had my choice it still be the ghettoer tube kit.
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toucs Feb 9, 04
Systemcooling.com tested the Chill Vent using SLK947. The Chill Vent further reduces the temps by 4C. They used Cooler Master case ($200) with almost top of the line case and highly rated case ventilation system.

When I compare the Intel Stock HSF (free)with copper base it was only 5 C lower than SLK *using the 80mm 3000 rpm fan".

So, don't tell me you have anything better than Swiftech MCX and SLK9xx series heatsink. If the Chill Vent could reduce 4C, that is a lot if you are a overclocker. The top heatsink makers are competing daily for a few C's.

Ace:
I was referring to the Tube Kit ends up increasing both system temp and CPU temp due to the design that takes away one of the intake or exhaust case fans. I am thinking that Chill Vent does not take away case ventilation and accordingly (from 6 reviews) lower CPU temps by a few C's. I do think the Chill Vent looks better than the tube by looking at the pictures you posted.
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SkipCox Feb 9, 04
There is no doubt that ducting cool air to the cpu is a good idea but, it can't be at the expense of ignoring airflow over the hdd or thru the case.

Motherboards require more and more cooler air flowing thru the case and a tube from the front bypasses the hdd. Processors in the 100w range stress capacators and other mobo components and the good old "cool air in the bottom front and hot air out the top rear" is becoming critical.

There are other issues with tube coolers limiting airflow to the cpu.

Whatever solution you want to try needs to be closely monitored to insure other components don't pay the price of reducing cpu temps a few °'s.
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toucs Feb 9, 04
IS7, 2.6C clocked to 3.5 ghz, Swiftech MCX478-V.
IC7, 2.4C clocked to 3.6 Ghz, SLK800U
IS7, 2A clocked to 3.34, SLK800U
NF7, 1700+, clocked to 2.2 ghz (11x200) Kamakaze
MSI 6547-050, 2A clocked to 3.0ghz (Stock Intel)
Biostar 2,0 Celeron clocked to 3.3 ghz (Stock Intel)
IC7, 2.4C clocked to 3.2 ghz (Stock Intel)
P4P800, 2.8C clocked to 3.5 ghz (Stock Intel)
NF7, 2500+ Barton clocked to 2.2 (Stock AMD)

All system Prime95 two hours without fail.

My friend used the Tube kit and it just did not work at all. After I read the review from Systemcooling.com I am convinced this would allow me more headroom.

My 2.8E should be here in a day or two, I plan on using the Chill Vent just to give me the 4C with a Swiftech. So, CleavesF, don't tell me 3-4 C is nothing.
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Redemption Feb 10, 04
Considering that people are using Artic Silver to reduce temps by 1-3C, then upgrading coolers to further cool another 3-5C, I think 2-4C from the chill vent is more than decent. Like Ace says the clear one is pretty nice looking (look on page 3 of the review to see the pix with some cool lighting).

Regarding the Tube Kit, it honestly looks like cheesy ducting with a clamp. Granted the fans would cost more than a few bucks but most of us already have fans, and the fans the tube kit comes with don't necessarily have to be high quality. I think the main reason the ducting might not work is the sheer distance the air has to travel in their visual examples. Look at the H700 review with it's purple duct - it is based on a similar principle but works pretty well comparatively.
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Toucs Feb 10, 04
You are beginning to see what I saw after reading the review. By the way, the Tube Kit DOES NOT come with any fan at all. Compare apple with apple, the pricings between the Tube and the Chill Vent there is $3 difference. I do believe the Chill Vent cost hell a lot more in tooling than the dryer air duct which is made of tin foil (hope you don't drop it and short something out).

I like Swiftech because I could have at the very least one part in my entire system is made in USA. If the Chill Vent delivers my 4C, it will make 2 parts.

From all the Coolers I have (I have more than listed; like AVC Sunflower, Alpha etc), my P4 Stock Heatsink with copper base is not even 1 C behind SLK and Swiftech using the same air flow fan.

I read the Mini case review also. I did put in my comment. The Chill Vent was tested in a case with better ventilation might have smaller improvement. Anytime you could find cooler air to feed the CPU, you should benefit from temp reduction. However, like the other fellow said you cannot ignore case ventilation because a computer does require memory, hard drive, video card. The PWM circuit or MOSFETS run extremely hot in upward of 100C (no typo here). Hell no, if I have to give up my nice Cooler Master or Lian-Li case design in excellent ventilation so that the tube kit could mess it up for me.

Check out Systemcooling.com review about case cooling project using PC6077, the ambient and case temp is (1) C difference consistently overtime. The same applies for younger people using side window fan only to disrupt the steady air flow. There are people who truly enjoy engineering work rather than show and tale. I am glad that you finally see the point.

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Alpha Feb 10, 04
well erm, it has no fan? how is the wram air suppost to escape? vise versa
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toucs Feb 10, 04
Water cooling versus good air cooling has the difference of less than 2 to 4C.

http://www.systemcooling.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1678

http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews/review.php?dXJsX3Jldmlld19JRD02NjY=

From two guys here with titles "admin", and "moderator", I am amazed how they could say 4 C CPU reduction is no big deal, and a cooling kit that take one intake or exhaust case fan out of a system is a better system. I rest my case.
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Alpha Feb 10, 04
well i wouldnt mind having 4c taken off the temp of my processor and toucs, one word
REGISTER
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CleavesF Feb 10, 04
Yes 4 Celcius is a big deal to an overclocker. I was just saying if you didn't try other means to reduce your temps first the chill vent or the tube kit isn't the way to go.

I'm an overclocker myself, but considering I don't need to add vcore to my barton 2500+ I think I'll stick with my 38 Celcius load with my SK-7 and 80mm fan.

In a couple cases 4 celcius will make a huge difference between a stable system and a crashed one. But my reasoning is kits like these certainly should not be the first option to lower you cpu/case temps.

Also on that watercooling vs air cooling bit, not everyone wants delta fans in their cases.
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toucs Feb 11, 04
You did not have to increase the vcore of your Barton has nothing to do with your knowledge in overclocking. It merely says you are lucky to have purchased a processor that was made at the high end of the specification.

I have to set vcore to 1.8V to my XP1700+ but my temps are running 35C idle and never exceeds 45C, which has a lot more thermal dissipation than your Barton without vcore increase.

The point remains that any simple device that could reduce 4C CPU temp has merit to it.

Any XP1700+, Barton 2500+, 2.4C, 2.6C, 2A, 1.8A could be overclocked without ANY vcore increase; it depends on how much overclocking one can reach without the need to increase vcore for stability, which is not the skill of the owner, it is the quality of the processor.

The same applies to thermal dissipation; dissipation of thermal is WASTE; the better the design the less the WASTE.
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toucs Feb 11, 04
AMD 2500+ and all P4 have very capable Retail pack heatsinks. As the reviewer described the product that allow users without buying a 3rd party heatsink and ease of installation a mean to reduce CPU temp.

I use Intel Stock Heatsink a lot. Look into Frostytech.com as I have indicated in my previous post, there is no need for 3rd party heatsink as they show only very marginal improvement over Intel Stock Unit.

If you are an overclocker having more than 20 rigs under your belt, you ought to know what I am talking about.

You ought to try pushing what your Barton can do at higher FSB with less than 10% vcore increase. I am sure you know almost all motherboards underload vcore by a few points.

I use a CEM DT-8850 sound dB digital meter, my rigs are under 45 dBA. I also have water cooling which I don't particular like ..... I machine my own coolers. Why?, because I used to have swimming pools in my backyard. Water cooling means at the end = air cooling, unless you pump the water from a lake and let it run out to your swimming pool. If you have a radiator, you have air cooling.

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SkipCox Feb 17, 04
Here's a review of the 2.8E and the cooling results with different cases and motherboards. The Chill Vent is still doing a pretty stand up job.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~lazyman/data/2.E.htm

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~lazyman/data/SWChillvent.htm

As a bonus, the folks at Aspire believe in customer service.

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