The Chill Control Software & Test System
All of the information that used to be displayed on the front-mounted LED readout on older Vapochill models, is now listed within the Vapochill XE II control panel software. When we first encountered this software with the Vapochill Lightspeed [AC], we found it to be robust and user-friendly. The five screen shots below represent all of the different tabs available within the application.
On the "Status Area" tab, the temperatures read from the thermal probes and the voltage being applied to the heating elements are displayed, along with fan voltages - which affect the fan speeds. The ChillControl Config tab is home to all of the tools available to configure the Vapochill XE II, like power-up and warning temperatures, as well as sliders to throttle fan speeds and dial the power supplied to the heating elements.
The "System Info" tab, as its name implies, is where system information is displayed. Next, on the "Appearance" tab, users can customize the names given to the Vapochill XE II's various components. Users can designate specific names for each of the probes, and change the designation of each fan and heating element. 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 XE II to a high-end heatsink / fan combo, the Thermaltake Volcano 7+. But we need to point out that 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 speeds (Thermaltake Cooler - 3.7GHz, VapoChill XE II - 4.12GHz), both at idle and while operating for a time under a full load. At like clock speeds, the temperature spread would likely be a bit larger and tip more in favor the VapoChill XE II unit.