would be lying if I said being a reviewer on Driver
Heaven didn’t have its perks with every
manufacturer sending me their latest and greatest
products. However, the flip side is that I get
bombarded with marketing literature from the same
companies, claiming their product is the best
in its respective class, which quite often could
only be classified as wishful thinking.
review product is one which really does fall into
the extreme performance category. Asetek’s
VapoChill LS is capable of achieving temperatures
of minus 50 degrees celcius and allowing users
to overclock processors to their limits. Sounds
like a lot of fun, so lets hook it up to two of
the fastest CPU's currently available –
AMD's FX-60 and Intel's Core2 X6800 to see just
how far we can push them and to ascertain if it's
worth the outlay.
Contents – VapoChill LS
We knew a serious bit of
kit had arrived when the VapoChill LS arrived
on its own pallet! The box isn't much larger than
one which would hold a PC case, however it is
incredibly heavy at 17Kg.
the box we found the VapoChill unit completely
encased in polystyrene and showing no sign of
damage which is always great. We un-boxed the
unit and this is what we found.
The LS is a very clean
looking product though there isn't a lot going
on externally. On the front we have a vent which
allows the internal front fan (120mm Panaflow)
to take in air and along the sides there are additional
ventilation holes. The Front panel also features
an LED display (3.5x1 inch) which shows temperatures
and allows personalisation of the LCD message.
the back of the VapoChill there is an exhaust
fan (again 120mm Panaflow) and the system power
cord (pass through which plugs into the PC PSU)
enters the back panel.
on top of the unit we have a hole through which
the CPU block and cables exit the system. There
are also 4 screws which can be used to bolt a
case on top of the cooler. Before we take a look
at the other contents included with the VapoChill
LS here is a shot of the evaporator which provides
the copper contact between the VapoChill and the
Contents – Attachments
above are two of the socket kits available for
the VapoChill LS, the kit on the left is the full
Socket 775 bundle which includes thermal paste,
heating elements, CPU attachments etc and on the
right we have a shot of the alternative components
included in the Socket 754, 939, 940, 478 kit.
Other than the listed components the left shot
also shows the ChillControl, a detailed picture
of this is shown below.
ChillControl is the nerve centre of the VapoChill
LS and serves as a communication centre between
the PC and the cooler itself (Via USB). It is
possible to connect heater and fan sensors to
the ChillControl which can then be monitored and
controlled via Asetek's software within windows.
The software is easy to use and well laid out
which is refreshing to see.
Quick Overview of how the VapoChill works
those of you that are looking at a VapoChill system
for the first time, here is a short (basic) explanation
of how the set-up works.
VapoChill system contains a closed loop of refrigerant
(R404a or R507) which passes between four major
first component is the Compressor. The compressor
takes the refrigerant in a low pressure gaseous
state and compresses it into a higher pressure
gaseous state before it travels to our second
major component, the Condenser. The Condenser
is effectively a radiator attached to a cooling
fan and it is in this section of the system where
heat is removed from the refrigerant. It is also
in this component that the high pressure gas changes
into a high pressure liquid state. Next up in
the loop is the Capillary Tube. This tube is a
small diameter copper component which provides
a restriction in the cooling loop. This restriction
allows the coolant to remain at a high pressure
liquid state at one end and a low pressure gaseous
state the other end. Finally connected to the
Capillary tube is the Evaporator. This component
is the CPU head/block in a VapoChill LS system.
The refrigerant passes into the Evaporator and
absorbs the heat from the CPU whilst transforming
from a liquid to gaseous state before returning
to the compressor where the loop restarts.
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