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asetek VapoChill Micro

You can also get various CPU mounting kits for the VapoChill Micro and the one tested here if of course for Socket-775. It is easy enough to attach the cooler to your CPU and it comes with pre-applied thermal grease – although not the silver type. You have to fit the base of the cooler through the hole in the retention bracket, put it on top of the CPU, push the push-pins in place and Bob’s your uncle.

However, what concerned me slightly was the fact that the heatsink could be rotated around while fitted on top of the CPU. This is something that you don’t really want as it means that there is a bigger gap between the heatsink and CPU than there really should be. Another issue is that if you have a tower case, you have to fit the heatsink so that the heatpipes are pointing upwards.

This might not seem like a big deal at first, but when you realise that this means that the fan will be blowing all the hot air from the CPU onto the bottom of your PSU, you might realise why this is a bad idea. This is more of an issue with PSUs that use 120mm fans, as these are mounted in the bottom of the PSU and would cause a lot of turbulence and extra noise. It would have been much better if the hot air was blown out towards the back of the case, the way most coolers do.



In terms of cooling performance the VapoChill Micro did reasonably well. Starting with the High-End fan the idle temperature was ranging between 41-43 degrees Celsius and hit 55 degrees under 100 per cent load. The Extreme fan brought the idle temperature down to a more stable 40 degrees and the 100 per cent load temperature to 53 degrees, but it added a lot of noise. Finally the Ultra Low Noise fan, which was the most efficient at idle with a mere 39 degrees, but it was the worst at 100 per cent load as it hit 56 degrees.

Price wise the High-End will set you back £22.25 which isn’t terrible, the Extreme Performance is £25.58 – but I would avoid this due to the noisy fan – and finally the Ultra Low Noise is £30.54. None of them are terribly expensive, but I’d recommend either the base model or the Ultra Low Noise if you want to get a VapoChill Micro. However, the Freezer 7 Pro is cheaper, better and quieter.

Verdict

The VapoChill Micro is an interesting concept that sadly doesn’t perform better than traditional heatpipe coolers. The option of different fans is a good idea, but there are better coolers out there.

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