For anyone familiar with CoolIT products, especially their all-in-one water cooling units, the ECO’s installation will be very familiar. For those of you who have never touched a CoolIT product, let’s just say that installing the ECO is extremely easy.
As with all serious CPU cooling solutions the first thing you need to do is install this back plate. The ECO comes with three of them for Intel systems while AMD installation uses the backplate that comes with all AMD motherboards.
Since these back plates come with double sided tape, positioning and holding them in place is a breeze.
The ECO comes with pre-mounted Intel all in one retention arms that are clearly labelled for their various uses. You simply pull up on each of the retaining bolts and then slide them into their proper location based for the Intel socket type you have. Since ours already came set up for 1366 socket we need not do anything special with them.
In order to actually install the water block onto your motherboard, just line up it up so the two tubes are facing towards the ram slots of your motherboard and lay it gently in place.
In the Domino review we bemoaned the loss of the retention bolts with their large heads as they made hand tightening the older CoolIT units into place a snap. The Domino on the other hand replaced the top knurled portion with plastic cups which could spin in place, forcing you to get a screwdriver and use it right from the get go. We are pleased to say that CoolIT didn’t go with either of these solutions. The retaining bolts on the ECO combine the hand tightening method with recessed screw heads so your screwdriver doesn’t slip out of position. All that needs to be done is hand tighten them into place and then finish off with a screwdriver to tighten everything down. We hope every other manufacturer looks at this and realizes how things SHOULD be done.
The ECO requires your case be equipped with a 120mm rear exhaust port, if you have an older case which uses smaller fans, you will need to buy a plastic 80/92 to 120mm fan adapter. Naturally, in order to install the ECO we recommend uninstalling your case fan as the one which is included with this unit is specifically made for high static pressure situations.
CoolIT has made this part simple as well by allowing the ECO to be installed in exactly the same manner by which a standard case fan is attached to the case. This is where the rotatable ports on the heat transfer block really do come in handy.
With the ECO ALC securely in place all that is left to do is plug in the plugs and then give yourself a pat on the back as you have successfully installed what is most likely your first water cooling setup. All in all it is an extremely easy installation and you shouldn’t run into any motherboard compatibility issues.
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