With patience and dedication comes results, and dispite my negativity in the previous pages, I must admit it -- Chip-Con, with its LianLi kit, has the potential to make the coolest cooler available on the commercial market. They do, however, need to iron out the issues mentioned in this review before we can call it exactly that.
Somewhat rough edges on the frontpanel
At a distance, the finished product looks wicked cool. A closer look at the frontbezel show you some rough edges I think Chip-Con needs to take rectify. And speaking of the front bezel, whenever I lift the case, the bezel keep sliding down, so they also need to find a way to keep that from happening.
The final result
All things considered, I think this is a great kit. Most of the things I've mentioned are details, but when these details add up, it's obvious to me that Chip-Con needs to sit down and carefully examine their design and come up with solutions to some of the problems. But when these issues are dealt with, I wouldn't have any problems recommending this kit to anyone -- the idea and concept is great, it only needs a bit of work.
Shortly we will take a look at the performance of the cooler, and hopefully, we'll break the 4GHz barrier, maybe even 4.5GHz. The basic testbed will consist of a P4 3.06GHz processor, Corsairs excellent XMS3500 DDR-RAM and the Asus P4G8X based on the latest and greatest from Intel, the GraniteBay chipset, so rest assured, this will be an interesting read.
Update: Part II available here.