|Ultra ChillTec TEC CPU Cooler ULT33186|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 13 August 2007|
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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.