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| Author: AkG |
Date: August 3, 2010
Product Name: CoolIT ECO A.L.C CPU Cooler
CoolIT ECO A.L.C CPU Cooler Review
It certainly has been awhile since we took a look at the state of sealed “all in one” water cooling units. It was the Domino ALC
from CoolIT we checked out last time and while it was a good all-round product, its performance wasn’t earth shattering while there were some additional issues that kept us from outright recommending it. Luckily, CoolIT didn’t stop with the Domino and has learned from their mistakes in order to create the new ECO A.L.C.
CoolIT needs no introduction as they are well known Canadian owned and operated company who have become known for their push to bring high-end cooling solutions closer to mass market appeal. It has been a tall order to fulfill but for the most part, they have succeeded on a number of fronts. Their success hasn’t gone unnoticed either as companies like Corsair have also released closed system liquid coolers as well.
The biggest advantage these sealed water cooling units have is their ease of installation which not only rivals that of more standard heatsinks but can actually be much, much easier. These single 120mm-sized units are perfect for first time enthusiasts who want to get into water cooling but do not have the know how, experience or even the patience necessary to set up a massive, high performance water cooling loop. Unfortunately, this ease of use is a double edged sword as a small radiator is not as efficient as a larger stand-alone unit at cooling hot running CPUs.
While the ECO is a relatively new model, CoolIT has decided to price it quite aggressively at between $60 and $67 at most retailers. If this product can live up to our past CoolIT experiences this means you can get into water cooling for LESS than what some enthusiast class air based CPU cooling solutions will cost you. But can it come out on top against its predecessor and the competition?