To test the Coolink ChipChilla I used a standard NVIDIA 680i SLI motherboard that was provided to me by XFX (Pine Technology) more than a year ago. The 680i SLI chipset has a reputation of running hot, even at idle running stock speeds. This makes it the perfect motherboard to test the ChipChilla….or so I thought.
The NVIDIA MCP; the Southbridge is cooled by the Northbridge cooler via a heatpipe that goes from one to the other. A custom Southbridge cooler needed to be fabricated, so I took one from another motherboard that made the cooling for the Southbridge active.
The next hurdle came in the temperature monitor; NVIDIA has started that their internal thermal probe has some issues with giving accurate readings. To solve this problem I placed a thermal probe on the side of the MCP chip to get an accurate reading from the SPP.
The Coolink ChipChilla does a very good job at cooling the Northbridge, a large improvement over the stock cooler. In most cases, the rule is that the cooler you can keep a chip, the faster you are able to run it.
My biggest complaint for the Reference SPP Cooler is that it is without a doubt the loudest fan in my gaming computer. The ChipChilla is much quieter; it is actually so quiet that I had a difficult time getting an accurate reading since the stock NVIDIA 8800 GTX cooler was louder than the ChipChilla.