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Monday, November 07, 2005
VapoChill Micro series

1. Introduction

asetek is a world leading manufacturer of vapor phase, vapor chamber, and water based cooling solutions for personal computer systems. All product lines (VapoChill, VapoChill Micro and WaterChill) are designed for PC enthusiasts, gamers, PC experts, beginners, hardware enthusiasts, overclockers and professional users who demand exceptional performance, maximum stability and low noise levels. The products are sold through a global network of authorized distributors and resellers. Asetek works actively with world leading companies within the hardware and software industries to ensure maximum reliability, compatibility and performance for its products.

We received the VapoChill Micro CPU cooler from asetek, a very stylish cooling system designed for P4 socket 478 and 775 processors as well as for AMD's 754, 939 and 940 sockets.

The VapoChill CPU cooler is available in three versions, with the fan differing from version to version. Therefore there are :

- VapoChill Micro HI-END
- VapoChill Micro EXTREME PERFORMANCE
- VapoChill Micro ULTRA LOW NOISE

 

Taking a closer look at the VapoChill Micro cooler, there are a few things you will notice, such as the three pipes and the ribs. However, the most important thing is not visually evident. The pipes are made of copper while the vapor chamber is filled with the refrigerant gas R134a!!!


According to the manufacturer, after drawing the heat from the CPU, a closed sealed fluid will evaporate and reach the top of the pipes - this gaseous form will then be cooled by an efficient fan and radiator and turn into a solid fluid form again where it will flow to the bottom of the CPU cooler once more. Recirculation of the coolant is based on gravity. In other words, there are no mechanical parts and basically, very reliable. This recirculating process will go on and on and keep the CPU temperature cool at all times and at a low noise level.

 

Features

- VapoChill Micro vapor chamber filled with the refrigerant gas R134a
- Cooling ribs for larger cooling surface area
- 3 x copper pipes
- Special design low weight and highly effective fan duct.
- airflow towards capacitors on motherboard.  
CPU socket mounting mechanism for easy installation. 
Note: Mounting mechanism varies from model to model and may differ from picture!
Plug pins for easy and fast mounting of fan/fan duct.

asetek fan regulator
(6-12V / 1-24W) 

Easy understandable manual for fast and safe installation.

Specifications

Dimensions (HΧWΧD) 139Χ98Χ50 mm
Weight 278 g (355g incl. 92mm fan)
Thermal resistance:

- VapoChill Micro HI-END 0,27 K/W
- VapoChill Micro EXTREME PERFORMANCE 0,30 K/W
- VapoChill Micro ULTRA LOW NOISE 0,32 K/W

(full fan speed)

Noise level:

Fan speed regulator low setting: <28 dB(A) Fan speed regulator high setting: 39 dB(A)

Application
(form factor support):

The VapoChill Micro can be applied in most ATX midi and tower cases.

Tubes (H): 98 mm
Tubes (Ø): 13 mm

Base (Ψ): 50 mm
Base (Thickness): 6 mm

According to asetek's official website the VapoChill Micro is compatible with P4 socket 478 and 775 and AMD 754, 939 and 940 sockets. All three VapoChill Micro versions are available for all previous sockets.

Click on images for the detailed dimensions

The VapoChill Micro can be installed in most ATX midi/tower cases. For optimal performance the VapoChill Micro should be mounted in a vertical or horizontal position. Since the recirculation of the coolant is based on gravity, the pipes must be turned in an upward direction (see pictures below).

The VapoChill Micro mounted in a horizontal position. The fan duct will not only direct the cool air through the ribs and around the pipes but also towards the capacitors and chips surrounding the CPU.
The VapoChill Micro mounted in a vertical position. The fan duct will not only direct the cool air through the ribs and around the pipes but also towards the capacitors and chips surrounding the CPU.

The retail package, apart from the cooler, includes all the necessary parts in order to install on AMD or Intel sockets. Make sure you order the appropriate one for your socket. Since there are three different VapoChill Micro versions for three different sockets which is equivalent to nine different model numbers, make sure to check which one is for you.

As for the installation procedure, move on to the next page...




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