CoolIT ALC VANTAGE review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/25/2010 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
As always, the packaging -- so tha you know what to look for in the stores. VANTAGE is in the name, VANTAGE is on the packaging. Everything is packaged and bundled safely in styrofoam. But let's open the kit up.
Once unboxed you'll spot the liquid cooling unit consisting out of the radiator, fan, tubing, pump/cooling block. All pre-fitted and ready to use of course. Next to that you'll spot some back plates that support a wide variety of Intel 775, 1156, 1366 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 processors. There are also some screws to mount the radiator unit at the 120mm rear fan location of your chassis and a tiny but clear manual with color photos.
Here we have the core of it all, the Vantage consisting out of a variable PWM fan (120mm), pump and reservoir assembled in one single unit. There is a selectable fan controller embedded in the LCD configuration menu, you insert the fan header into the motherboard's CPU power connector and that one obviously is PWM controlled from the BIOS.
Make sure you give the unit full power thus set CPU FAN RPM at high in the BIOS, or have the motherboard regulate this all by itself which the Vantage will detecte and draw it's proper current from.
At the cooling block we notice that it has a voltage wire lead as well, connect it to the chassis/PWR fan connector or something. It powers the pump which is embedded at the top of the cooling block. The other one leads from the pump to the radiator fan. Please make sure that this particular fan header receives full power from the motherboard, as we want to keep that pump doing its job properly.
We test and review the CoolIT ALC Vantage. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. No need to full em up, nope .. seat them, secure them activate them and you are good to roll. The latest model comes with a LCD screen that enables user-selectable control profiles with a display capable of 6 colors and 4 orientation settings. The Vantage A.L.C. provides good performance, reliability and a great feature set.
CoolIT ALC ECO review
A short while ago CoolIT introduced their ALC ECO. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit, that are very easy to install. They looks nice and performs adequately as well. It almost sounds too good to be true at 75 USD right ? Well, CoolIT certainly will make an impression with the ECO as this article will show you.