Asetek Vapochill Ultra Low Noise Cooler
The Asetek Vapochill Micro Ultra Low Noise requires some assembly, but nothing too complicated thanks to clear instructions. The retail bundle comes with a Vapor Chamber, 120mm brushless Panaflo fan, mounting plate, fan shroud with mounting pins and a fan speed controller with power connectors.
When we inspected the bottom of the vapor chamber, we found a neat application of thermal grease applied in a tight pattern of dots that spread evenly when the cooler is mounted. If we cleaned the base we'd find a highly polished copper plate for the best degree of heat transference.
The fan assembly attaches to a plastic shroud that holds everything securely to the vapor chamber. The shroud was the same type of plastic as the packaging the unit came in, which we initially discarded, thinking it was simply part of the package. Mounting the fan to the shroud with the four pins included in the package proved to be a small challenge. The holes in the shroud were a little narrow, so when we inserted the pins into the shroud and pressed to lock them in place, the shroud simply flexed with our pressure. This was easily rectified by doing a dry run, inserting each pin by itself to ensure they slid freely before attempting to mount the fan.
Mounting the assembly to our Athlon 64 3700+ was as simple as could be. We first removed the two screws that held the standard cooler base in place. We then applied the cooler and mounting plate and reinserted the screws. As we tightened down on the screws, we paid special attention to the guide nubs on the plate as seen in the lower left image, which centered the cooler base perfectly on the CPU. Once the screws were tight, we simply snapped the fan and shroud assembly over the vapor chamber and the Vapochill Micro Ultra Low Noise was installed. Completing the process, we plugged the fan into the fan controller module, then plugged the module into the CPU fan header and ran a separate power cable to the fan controller as instructed. The entire process took less than five minutes and we were ready for testing.