When all is said and done, it appears that the folks at asetek have done their homework. While the concepts of using a refrigerant as a cooling medium have been around for some time, the required condenser and airtight components to go along with it have made the cost terribly prohibitive. The VapoChill Micro gives us the ability to use the same methodology, but in a product that produces very reasonable results without going below ambient, thus taking away the need for all the big dollar accessories.
What about the cost? A quick look online shows this product ranging from about $35US - $60US depending on the fan speed desired. This brings a lightweight contender to the market for a cost that won't break the bank, especially considering that the technology involved usually comes at a premium price.
The ability to change fans without removing the entire cooling system is a plus, but the plastic shroud used to mount the fan seemed a bit flimsy to me. Even so, I made an effort to move the case around a good deal while the system was off to see if there were any issues, but there were no problems with the fan falling off or even becoming loose enough to cause any concern. Besides this small item, there really isn't much bad you can say about this cooler.
Bottom line... If you've been in the market for something that performs well and won't cost an absolute fortune, add the asetek VapoChill Micro to your list of potential candidates. With a performance level that is rock solid and price that is reasonable, you certainly wont' be disappointed in this little gem. As mentioned earlier, it will be taking the place of the Thermaltake unit in my air cooled system.
Gas/Liquid cooling technology
Very good results for air
3 fan choices
Fan shroud is flimsy
Extreme fan is LOUD!
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award!