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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 13 August 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Ultra ChillTec TEC CPU Cooler ULT33186
ULT33186 Features and Specifications
Closer Look: ChillTec Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
ChillTec Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: ChillTec Exterior

Now that you have a better understanding of what the Peltier effect is, and how thermo-electric cooling works, you can now appreciate the fine details Ultra has introduced to improve upon the original design of the Peltier Cooler.

Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler

Ultra has fashioned a well-designed TEC kit with the ULT33186 ChillTec CPU Cooler. The CPU cooling unit is large, but no larger than other high-end coolers. In my testing, I found that the ChillTec cooling unit was still a safe margin off from reaching the absolute maximum headroom limits in most directions. Shallow cases will have no problem accommodating the Ultra ULT33186 ChillTec, but I don't see it fitting into any HTPC enclosures with success.

Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler

At the intake side of the Ultra ULT33186 ChillTec TEC CPU Cooler is a single variable speed (2000-2800 RPM) fan measuring 92 x 92 x 25 mm. There are blue LED's just behind the blades, which are bright enough to make the entire fan glow.

Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler

Ultra has dressed the ULT33186 ChillTec TEC CPU Cooler with some very nice anodized black aluminum billet panels with the edges polished to a fine reflective finish. These panels do a great job of deflecting impact damage from the numerous (and fragile) heatsink fins.

Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler

The three panels also allow the user to handle the Ultra ULT33186 ChillTec with a little more authority. Since the cooling unit is rather heavy, weighing in at over two pounds, dropping the unit would result in major damage.

Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler

The heatsink unit on Ultra ULT33186 ChillTec is probably the largest I have seen in a very long time. Ever since manufacturer's began using heatpipes in their coolers, the heatsink has had less emphasis on size and more on the total number of pipes. Others have stuck to the old tried and true active cooling toolset: fans.



# psshturreviewsux 2012-01-28 18:38
your review of this product sucks ass. I have an intel i7 1336 in an asus p6t with an nvidia gtx 285 and 36 gb of RAM as well as a 1600 watt PSU...this cooler kicks ass considering i run skyrim on ultra completely maxed settings and the TEC display never goes above 85 F at room temp....this cooler kicks ass, if you got the money then get it...anyways you dont need that much cooling power for such a toddler processor that you seemed to have in this "test" rig. Why the hell would you waste time overclocking a duo anyways? FAIL.
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# RE: psshtDavid Ramsey 2012-01-28 18:40
How about because this review was written five years ago? When the 1366 (not "1336") CPUs didn't exist?
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# RE: psshtOlin Coles 2012-01-29 09:29

Your ability to read frightens me. Not only was this article written five years ago, long before the LGA1366 Core-i7 series existed, it was written using methods you clearly have no concept of. Measuring CPU cooling performance with a video game? Why don't you start predicting the weather with silverware? I would be offended by your trollish remarks, except for you sound too stupid for me to bother with.
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# RE: Ultra ChillTec TEC CPU Cooler ULT33186BT23 2012-03-20 15:17
I still have this cooler and im thinking of replacing this for an H100 water cooling set. would the H100 be significantly better at cooling compared to this?

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# @ urreviewsuxChuckNorris 2012-05-03 03:01
lol really??? try oc ur cpu first, then run the cpu load test or play that game with all max and check your temperature and tell me if it doesn't skyrocket above your cute little "85F" limit =P
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