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CoolIT ECO A.L.C. Review

CoolIT ECO A.L.C. Review

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Final Words and Conclusion

The first thing which struck us about the ECO was that it is a clear step up from the Domino in terms of build quality. Not that the Domino was badly built but CoolITs experience with that product has clearly benefited them when making the ECO, a perfect example being the rotating joints on the CPU block which remove much of the strain involved in positioning/installing the cooler. Additionally the whole CPU block looks and feels better built than the older product.

In terms of design, there is a lot to praise CoolIT for, we love the installation method with fantastic simplicity that makes installing the cooler a very quick process. Nice touches such as the thumbscrews which act as screwdriver protection are also appreciated. There are a few changes we would like to see though; one would be a longer wire on the pump as the existing cable did cause us some issues on one board. The inclusion of rubber vibration dampeners for the case screws, completely eliminating any potential for vibrations would also be appreciated.

Performance falls into two categories as far as coolers are concerned, noise and temperatures. For the former the ECO is no louder than a high end air cooler when on full RPM; leave the motherboard/system to manage the fan speed and it becomes near silent. Thermal performance was also very good, far exceeding Intels new re-designed high end cooler. The ECO was also able to run our Core i7-980X CPU at 4.0GHz without issue which gives us complete peace of mind that it is a future proof product.

The big question though is how it compares to Corsairs H50. On the value front the ECO has it, coming in at a cheaper price of £56/$75 in the UK/US which is a few pounds/dollars cheaper than Corsairs model in the same stores. Build quality is similar on each system though the installation method used by CoolIT is superior to Corsair. This is partly due to the method of CPU block attachment but also the extra touches such as thumbscrews with protective caps which CoolIT offer. In terms of performance the two products were closely matched at stock CPU settings however the H50 did perform better when we overclocked the CPU and did so with a lower noise level when both were at maximum fan speed.

Summary
The CoolIT ECO produced great performance for its price point, offering a desirable alternative to high end air cooling. The simplicity of installation is an added benefit which ensures it is suitable for novices and mainstream users.

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Stuart Davidson

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