This being the first cooler we’ve ever reviewed to come with a driver CD we were very curious to see what on earth the software offers. It turns out the ChillControl V-software offers a rather clean interface with four tabs: Dashboard, Graphs, Fan Control and Settings. It also offers three different basic settings: Extreme, Silent and Custom, the first one runs the fans at maximum speed regardless of the CPU temperature, the second aims to keep the CPU “cool enough” while keeping the fans as quiet as possible and finally “Custom” lets the user choose what he wants.
The first tab offers a one-glance view at the status of the cooler. This includes the liquid temperature, fan speed, pump speed and even an estimated noise level. Each of the four graphs even comes with min, max and avg-values which can be helpful in getting the custom-settings just right.
The “Graphs”-tab only offers the two most important readings – liquid temperature and fan speed. This view can be customed to get a better view at what’s happening.
On the third tab one can set the fan speed and also notifications for both liquid temperature and fan speeds. The two settings for the fan speed are nice, but it would be nice to also see a graph next to the values. It’s also important to notice that these are the temperatures of the liquid, not the CPU.
On the final page are settings for the software itself, and finally settings to enable or disable the glowing Antec-logo at the top of the pump and also change the color of it.
Overall the ChillControl V leaves a nice impression. A couple of things could be done otherwise, but in general it’s easy to use and offers enough control over what’s happening. And after all it’s the first system we’ve seen, so good work, Antec, for bringing new features to the world of CPU-cooling.
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