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CoolIT Systems ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

CoolIT gives users a chance to dabble in water cooling with ease and at a low price. Let's see if it's an attractive alternative to high-end air.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 18, 2010 6:28 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: CoolIT Systems

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The specifications are a bit different this time around as I don't have the typical height and weight of the cooler since this unit is comprised of many parts. The Fluid Heat Exchanger (FEH) is comprised of a copper base plate with micro-channels to aid in the waters transference of heat. Just above the block is the included CFF1 pump that runs off an amazingly low 1W of power draw. All of this is enclosed in a plastic cover with the CoolIT name and ECO moniker as well. CoolIT ships the ECO with the Intel LGA775/LGA1156/LGA1366 universal mounting attached, but also provides mounting for AMD AM2 and later CPU's. This end of the unit had a 3-pin motherboard connection that should be plugged into the motherboard CPU header.

 

Out of the side of the FHE are two swiveling, ΒΌ" O.D fittings that CoolIT has stretched what appears to be 1/8" I.D. tubing, not being able to disassemble it, that is my guess at the I.D. - Covering all of the impervious tubing is an outer plastic sheathing, not dissimilar to automotive wire loom that you can purchase to tidy wires; just without the slit for access. This does a terrific job of protecting the hose and adding a bit of rigidity to the system. There is a video floating around that shows one of CoolIT's own members swinging the system wildly only holding on to the FHE end of the ECO, and it stayed together and with no detriment to the cooler. Now, I'm not promoting you do some wild and crazy tests of your own, but only that this system has been abused and tested well beyond what you would see inside your PC or when installing it.

 

Then you have the radiator and fan assembly. From CoolIT the fan is placed on the radiator in the pull position and this placement is based on hours of internal testing of both the radiators efficiency with a lower CFM fan, but obviously it does better here than pushing or it would have been placed as such. Looking at the site and in their forums, they don't suggest that the fans be changed, as the system is built and designed to perform best with the setup as it is presented. We all know it is going to happen anyways in a few situations, just heed the warning that a faster stronger fan may in fact lead to worse results. It may take a few tries to get a better performance level than what CoolIT offers out of the box.

 

In the introduction I mentioned that this cooling solution should rival most of the more popular cooling solutions on the market today, but can it keep in line with pricing? The simple answer is yes it can. Looking around, I see that not many e-tailers have stock of the ECO A.L.C. currently and the pricing does vary quite a bit. I've seen listings as low as $64.95, while others were closer to the $90 mark. From CoolIT, they projected pricing to be around $75 USD, and even there the price is very competitive. When you compare it to coolers like the V10 or the Noctua D-14, or even the price of a Megahalems after adding a fan or two, the ECO A.L.C. really comes into perspective price wise.

 

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