V3 Components Voltair TEC CPU Cooler Review

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V3 Voltair TEC CPU Cooler Introduction

We have taken a look at many different types and brands of CPU coolers over the years, with each manufacturer coming up with their own unique way to control the massive amounts of heat your CPU can throw off.  A new company, called V3 Components, wants to start off by introducing a cooler with little used technology called Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) – We’ll get more into the specifics on that in a bit. Basically what V3 is targeting is your liquid CPU coolers, stating that this cooler should be as good as or better than the AIO liquid cooling kits on the market today; not to mention safer due to no liquid.  This should make for a very interesting comparison!V3 Gaming Voltair

We can only imagine that many of you aren’t familiar with TEC technology, so what the heck is it?  TEC stands for Thermoelectric Cooling, or also known as the Peltier Effect, which basically works through the use of electrical current (DC) through an element to transfer heat from one side to the other.  Basically what’s happening here is the CPU side is getting cooler while the heat sink side gets hotter and then the heat gets dissipated via the heat pipess, flanges, and fan system.  Theoretically the CPU side of the plate will go below room temperature, thus providing superior cooling performance over many other coolers.

Should you want an even better and more in-depth explanation, please check these two articles on Wikipedia for the Peltier Effect and Thermoelectric Cooling, or you can search Google for more information.

So basically the Voltair is made up of three different cooling components:  two heat sinks and a single TEC plate.  The first heat sink is the massive, high-performance heat sink, designed to dissipate as much heat as possible via direct contact heat pipes that connect to cooling fins.  This heat sink directly contacts the CPU’s IHS and has the “cold side” of the TEC plate just above it.  The TEC plate will “suck up” heat from the first plate and transfer it to the “warm side,” which is attached to a smaller secondary heat sink that includes more heat pipes.  In the end, dual 120mm fans will then cool off the system, dissipating the heat.  The TEC plate itself is connected to your computer’s power supply via a 2-pin Molex connector.  The video below can help graphically explain this to you, should you be a visual learner.

V3 Components is expecting to have the Voltair available for your purchase at Newegg for $129.99 plus shipping. The MSRP on this cooler is $129.99, so it is selling for the MSRP right now.  If this cooler can live up to the claims of targeting a liquid cooler, this is right in the ballpark of many popular liquid coolers today.  Should you purchase a CyberpowerPC, you can customize select models with this cooler inside right now!

The Voltair is an air cooler by design, which many well performing air coolers are massive and this one sure is!  It is designed to be an easy install, having the ability to remove the shroud and fans, plus it is compatible with most oversized memory modules.

V3 Components Voltair TEC CPU Cooler Technical Specifications:

  • CPU Socket:
    •   Intel Socket H (LGA 1150, 1155, 1156), Socket R (LGA 2011, Square ILM), Socket B (LGA 1366)
    •   AMD Socket AM3+ / FM1 / FM2
  • CPU Support:
    •   Intel Core i3, i5, i7 (All Generations) / Pentium / Celeron / Xeon
    •   AMD FX / A4 / A6 / A8 / A10 / Athlon X2 / Athlon X4
  • Dimensions (L x W x H):  167 x 120 x 172mm (6.69 x 4.72 x 6.77in.)
  • Net Weight:  1.45kg (3.2lbs)
  • Material:  8 Cu Heat pipes (4 DCT Base), Aluminum fins
  • Heat Pipe Dimensions:  8 @ 8mm diameter
  • Fan Type:  2x white 9 blade variable speed
  • Fan Dimensions:  120mm x 120mm x 25mm
  • Fan Speed:  800-1800± 10% RPM
  • Fan Airflow:  116.43 CMH (68.57 CFM)
  • Fan Air Pressure:  1.958mm H2O
  • Fan Life Expectancy:  MTBF 40,000 hours

We’ll take a look and see how the Voltair stacks up against the many other liquid coolers that we’ve reviewed and we’ll simulate what would happen if the TEC plate were to fail or not get power.  But first, let’s take a look at the retail packaging and see what this cooler looks like!

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  • Strider

    It does pay to mention that TEC coolers can still form condensation on or around the plate if it cools below room temperature. So there is still the chance of introducing moisture in some situations where you may have high humidity.

    I used to have the old Ultra ChillTEC TEC Cooler, and it had a built-in feature that would enable/disable the plate to maintain a temperature that would not allow condensation. While this may reduce the efficiency of the technology, it’s better than having dips inside your case.

    I have no idea if this V3 cooler has that same feature, since I am not familiar with it.

  • Chris Sherman

    For what it’s worth, I bought this cooler off Newegg a couple weeks ago and use it on my i74930K overclocked to 4.5GHz and I get much better numbers than what this reviewer got on a less powerful chip. My idle temperatures are pretty much exactly ambient, and that’s with tue 4.5GHz OC. Seems like something may have been wrong with the sample or the way it was installed?

  • Craig

    Doesn’t the cold side of the TEC plate get wasted by the heat pipes before even contributing to cooling….I thought the correct order was chip, TEC, then all heatsinks on top !

    • serpico

      Depends on the TEC used. This TEC is probably not powerful enough to pump all of the heat out of a loaded cpu while keeping it below ambient. In that case, it would perform miserably if the order was chip->TEC-> Heatsink. In this setup, the heatsink takes the bulk of the heat, and the TEC simply serves to cool it a little bit more after that. This setup, like you say, would be ineifficient if the TEC was powerful enough to begin dropping the CPU below ambient, as the heatsink would simply be warming up the cold side instead of taking away extra heat.

  • MrJones

    I thought it was a fine enough heatsink, with a gimmick added. It looked ok to me, and then i saw the price. Holy ballz. What are they thinking? Just buy a D-14 or D-15. “V-3 Components a new company that wanted to wow” Epic Fail.

  • 63Jax

    i don’t know about this one, but a well made Peltier cooler can cool way under 0 degrees celsius, something must be wrong with this one :/

  • Vargis

    I would like to see the performance on a 2600k Sandy Bridge CPU with a soldered on IHS. Intels stunt with IVY and HASWELL buy using goop instead of soldering on the IHS was what I think of Intels attempt to sell more Sandy-E and IVY-E CPU’s since if the IHS was soldered to IVY and Haswell there would be tons of 5+ghz CPUs running on mainstream coolers.
    I have a 3.5 year old h50 on my 2600K and I am running at 102.9x 46 @4733mhz and 1.365v and I stay under 70c . It will run at 5100,hz but it needs 1.4+v and breaks 70c too fast for my old H50. once I get a better cooler i will; run it faster…but at this point even with 2 770 classified 4gb cards in SLI I have no need for more CPU power.

  • Bruce Regael

    Who would buy this trash?

  • zaxxon

    In what way did this cooler do “quite well” ?
    Its performance was terrible and its price is way more that large heatsinks like the new Noctua or the Silver arrow which perform as well as most closed loop water coolers.
    So this is both worse performing and more expensive.

  • Kirk Martin

    Idle 27, wow hope it was cheap, my ZALMAN does a better job then that, it only cost me £25.00

    http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t110/Tango_landrover/TEMPZalman_zps961369da.jpg

    Just saying, and those, Thermoelectric Cooler Peltier’s are only £3 on ebay… So please tell me that it was cheap, otherwise, I will stick with my Zalman, it seems to do a better job for much less, and its cooling an 8 core processor!

    • Gregory

      That’s a completely different processor…