We found the Chilly Vent Lux to be extremely easy to install. The installation is very similar to the stock heatsink installation, which should make this a cinch even for first timers.
All one has to do is to latch both sides of the clip onto the hooks of the mounting bracket, and then turn the lever into the locked position. (And of course, plug in the fan.)
At full blast, the Chilly Vent Lux’s 0.2A fan is virtually inaudible with the side panel closed, and with the side panel open you can only hear it from a distance of about a metre only if you listen very carefully.
Motherboard auto fan control would probably reduce the fan speed further, so noise should not be a problem with the Chilly Vent Lux at all.
We compared the ASUS Chilly Vent Lux to three other heatsinks:
- Stock AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Heatsink+Fan
- Thermalright XP-90 + 2000rpm 92mm Fan
- Thermaltake Mini Typhoon
The following setup was used:
- AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Revision E6 (Venice)
- DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLi-D
- Nvidia GeForce 6600GT
The testing was done in a Lian-Li PC7+ casing, with the side cover open. Fans were run at full speed during the testing. As mentioned above, the Chilly Vent Lux is so silent that this should not be a problem in an everyday-use scenario.
We then bumped the voltage up to 1.6v to simulate an increased heat load, which is often the case when overclocking.
No doubt, the results confirms that the Chilly Vent Lux was intended for silence rather than performance. Despite that, temperatures are more than acceptable on stock voltages, and even with an increased voltage the temperatures are still quite well within ranges on our setup.
ASUS claims support for all Athlon 64 processors up to the FX-57, and support for the Athlon 64 X2 series as well. Given that higher end processors such as the FX ones and the X2 series produce more heat, temperatures with such a processor would definitely be higher, perhaps to the point where overvolting the CPU is not feasible.