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VapoChill Lightspeed enables extreme overclocks

Review Cool cooling box
Thu Mar 11 2004, 12:56
THREE WEEKS BACK, we found ourselves in Denmark, acting like the world's first beta testers of Asetek's VapoChill phase change unit that was designed to be the most efficient unit for extreme cooling.

At that time, three weeks back, Asetek didn't want to make a big noise about the product since there were some minor modifications that they wanted to make and a lot of extreme testing still to be done.


It all started for Asetek back in '97 when Andre Sloth Eriksen, the company's current CEO, and still but a 31-year young chap, decided to have a stab at cooling PCs properly and made his first compressor cooled unit. Andre's endeavours brought company out from his basement to a business employing 30 people.

Seven years later on, the well known VapoChill line gets a new performer, the VapoChill Light Speed.

This time around, Asetek decided to use a much more powerful 115/230V Compressor filled with R507 gas. This unit can happily chill out 250W we were told and a demo proved it.

But as we like to test things ourselves, here at INQUIRER we agreed to give this unit a ride and achieved some remarkable results.

We introduced the cooler to a collection of four CPUs and spent a weekend fiddling with a 3.4GHz Northwood, a 3.4GHz Extremely Expensive edition, a 3.2GHz Prescott and an Athlon FX 51.

We found the CPU mechanism way easier to be mounted than the Prometeia I system that we reviewed exactly a year ago here.

It was very easy for us to change between the three different Intel CPUs we tested. The unit itself is very easy to mount but a glance at the manual helps.

On our test-bed we had:
Abit's IC7 MAX3 motherboard
Abit 9800XT PRO INQ edition water cooled card
Corsair DDR 550 PC 4400 memory
Kingston HyperX 4000 DDR500 Memory

We managed to reach some interesting scores. We cranked the 3.4GHz Northwood up to 4412 MHz 159x17 FSB and we managed to get this one stable with our 3dmark01 test. Experience suggests that if a machine runs 3dMark it'll be stable in just about anything.

We already showed that we pushed Prescott to 4.3GHz and were able to cool this rather warm CPU. This was our fastest overclock since we where talking about 3.2 GHz CPU speeded up to 4.3 GHz -- not to mention that with a normal cooler this CPU works close to 70 Celsius. We managed to remove 196 W from this one and this speaks how powerful this unit is. You can see more here here.

We managed to get the Extremely Expensive CPU purring at up to 4.3GHz - a quite extraordinary result. At this speed you can get your memory to transfer 6000 MB/s - very nice number indeed. We also got incredible Quake and 3dMark scores.

As for the Athlon FX on an Asus board that gave us more then few headaches, we managed to get this CPU running at 2.87 -- what we believe could be the fastest overclock of this CPU with any retail available cooling solution.

Here are some screenshots of units and achievements of our overclocking.






The unit itself looks similar to Nventive's Mach II but is more powerful. The aluminum case design is one that many people will like and it goes well with Lian Li case.


I have to warn you that unit sounds like a fridge but it is meant for people that like speed as opposed to a quiet environment. I guess it's a bit noisier than previous units due its stronger compressor. In this case, the noise isn't a big deal, since you will be impressed enough with the speeds to for sure forget about the noise.

Units should be in shops soon and you will be able to see these units at Cebit. You saw our scores, so I certainly can recommend the unit to all you rabid overclockers out there. µ


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