Chill Control Software & Test System
As we mentioned earlier, the ChillControl USB module monitors various aspects of the VapoChill LightSpeed [AC]. Temperatures, fan speeds, and the heating elements are monitored by the ChillControll USB, which can be configured using the supplied software...
For what is a relatively new piece of software, we found the ChillControl utility to be quite robust and it was very user-friendly. The five screen shots above represent all of the different tabs available upon installation. On the first screen, the temperatures being read from the thermal probes and the voltage being applied to the heating elements are displayed, along with fan speeds and ChillControl status. The second tab holds the tools necessary to configure the LightSpeed, like power-up and warning temperatures, and sliders to throttle fan speeds and dial the power being supplied to the heating elements.
The "System Info" tab, display just that - system information, but the fourth tab is home to some of the fun stuff. On the "Appearance" tab, users can customize the information that is displayed on the LightSpeed's LCD. Users can designate specific names for each of the probes, and change the information that cycles on the LCD during normal operation. On the final "Log Options" tab, users can enable a log that tracks the temperatures being read from all of the available thermal probes over a designated period of time.
Video Cards -
Hard Drive -
Optical Drive -
|Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz "Extreme Edition"
i875P "Canterwood" Chipset
GeForce 6800 Ultra
1024MB Kingston HyperX PC3500
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Western Digital "Raptor"
74GB - 10,000RPM - SATA
Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM
3.5" Floppy Drive
Important Note: Throughout this review, we'll be comparing the Asetek VapoChill LightSpeed to a standard VapoChill (not an XE) and a stock Intel heatsink / fan combo. With each product, we were able to overclock our particular CPU to different levels. The graphs on the next page represent temperatures taken with our processor overclocked to its maximum stable speed (Intel Cooler - 3.7GHz, VapoChill - 3.85GHz, VapoChill LightSpeed 3.95GHz), both at idle and when under load. At like clock speeds, the temperature spread would likely be a bit larger and tip more in favor the VapoChill LightSpeed.