EverCool is constantly keeping up with ways to keep your computer cool, and there are still things inside your computer that need attention. I take a look at two products from EverCool, the Serpent and Ice Storm for some added ways of cooling computer components.
The Serpent Northbridge Chip Cooler is a handy and easy way to keep the Northbridge Chip cool even during the intense battle of hot games. Okay it may be a little cheesy but the Serpent Northbridge Cooler, NCA-610, from EverCool works very well and is an easy to install U-heat pipe heat sink cooler with a fan to keep your Northbridge chip cool. The Serpent cooler is a copper base with an aluminum heat pipe running through it and a set of fins mounted on the U shaped heat pipe.
The base secures to your Northbridge Chip by either a spring clip or a couple of mounts and spring screws depending on your mounting situation. Installation is easy but you may have to remove some things from your computer such as a video card in order to have the room to install the cooler.
I was doing a computer case swap so I removed the entire motherboard but you can just remove your older heat sink and install the Serpent depending on your situation. For my motherboard, an ECS KA3 MVP with an ATI RD580 Northbridge I could just pull the two spring screws out, install the new cooler and push in the new spring screws. The cooler comes with a spring clip for motherboards that have a loop to hold on the heat sink cooler as well.
After removing the old heat sink you clean off the chip which might take some effort. On my motherboard and chip there was this pink goop that was very hard and sticky so no solvent was going to dissolve it. I had to continually pull off some with a rag and keep wiping until most of the stuff came off. After cleaning off the old thermal compound you just put some new compound on and install the heat sink.
Place some heat sink compound, the Serpent comes with a small amount, place the cooler in position and push in the spring screws or clip. You can take off the fan if you want for an easier install but it was easy enough to leave it on. The installation should take about ten or fifteen minutes from start to finish and is very easy.
Once the Serpent cooler is in place it does move around a bit more than a CPU heat sink will with the spring screws but it does work pretty well. I checked the temperatures of my system running both at idle or with nothing going on and while gaming and found the Serpent Northbridge Chip Cooler to cool my Northbridge by two or three degrees on average. This was both during a work load like compiling photos in Photoshop CS3 for a half hour and while the computer was doing nothing.
The Serpent Northbridge Chip Cooler will not bring the temperature down by a lot but a few degrees is pretty good and can make the difference when trying to cool your entire system. I highly recommend the Serpent Northbridge Chip Cooler from EverCool for an easy to install Northbridge Chip Cooler.
The Ice Storm HDAC is a nice heat sink fan system for any hard drive that acts as both a heat sink and fan system. The hard drive installs in a few seconds on the inside of the heat sink and has a fan in the front to blow external air across the drive and through the fins of the heat sink. There is an area below the drive area that is a set of fins for a really good heat sink.
The Ice Storm works very well and installs in a few minutes. The Ice Storm comes with the body of the HDAC or Hard Drive Air Conditioner, two brackets and a baggie of screws. The Ice Storm has a nice fan speed adjustment on the front as well as an LED readout for fan speed and temperature of the temperature probe.
The temperature probe is a stick on sensor that you can secure with tape anywhere inside your computer. The wire on the sensor is 26 inches long so it can reach just about anywhere inside your computer. You just tape it where you want to read the temperature and you get an instant reading on the readout.
I installed mine on the frame of my hard drive cage for a good temperature reading of the case so I know about what my system is heating or cooling at. I have the Speedfan temperatures so I know what the different system components are at and when I want a decent reading for my whole system I can quickly see while running games and such.
Installation is easy by screwing the two brackets to the side of a 3 ½ inch hard drive and then screwing this to the inside of the Ice Storm. The drive itself has the power connection and the ribbon or SATA cable while the HDAC also needs a four pin power connection. Once you have the drive inside the Ice Storm you install it into a 5 1/4 inch bay like a DVD or CD drive.
The cooler works very well and is nice for an easy to install and cool solution for an over heating hard drive. The Ice Storm lowered the drive temperature on mine by about four to six degrees depending on how much work was going on for the drive.
The Ice Storm HDAC is a very easy and simple solution for both a hard drive cooler and a nice readout for the temperature inside your computer system. The readout also has the speed of the fan in RPM’s and the temperature can be displayed as Fahrenheit or Celsius. The fan is adjustable from about 2300 to 4000 RPM’s for quieter or more cooling.
Overall the Ice Strom Hard Drive Air Conditioner is a great way to not only keep that hard drive cool but adds a nice fan and readout to your system for more air circulation and a better idea of your system cooling.
For some simple cooling solutions I like the Serpent Northbridge Chip Cooler and the Ice Storm Hard Drive Air Conditioner. These are both easy to install and do perform very well.