I mentioned in the testing that I ran dual fan testing as well, and I did. I took a 60CFM fan and strapped to the spacer on the radiator. I figured if I went with a below average fan and I got pleasing results, it would show great potential for those who must have the push/pull setup for maximum cooling. In Extreme mode, I was able to drop the temperatures 0.7 degrees at load but it didn't change the idle much. In performance mode I saw almost a full degree (0.9), where in silent mode it grew even more. The reason for the reversal here is my 60 CFM fan was on a 12V Molex and not controlled by the Vantage. Due to this reason I didn't show these results in the temperature or sound testing; I'd rather show what you will see using the Vantage as it is shipped.
I was so taken by the Vantage that it went right from the test bed to one of my PCs. Now it's been in there for a week, it is producing better numbers on my i5 750 than did the Tuniq Tower 120 that it replaced. One thing that I didn't get during our testing was any sort of warning or alarm beeps from the unit. When I placed it on the CPU and ran it in the PC, it freaked me out a bit on the initial boot. When the PC starts up, and before my bios check beeps, the Vantage starts up beeping. I figured I broke it, but come to find out it is reading the lack of power to the unit during the various stages of boot up. The beeping goes away as soon as the BIOS clears. Realistically all I can fault the Vantage for is scaring me for about five seconds; other than that that Vantage has been flawless.
So let's get down to the basics. While it isn't the easiest cooler to find on the shelf, given a bit of time I think the Vantage ALC will be more widely available than the ECO. Once you find the Vantage, I know the price will make you think long and hard. Let me see if I can make it worthy. Most of the premium coolers out there are around $80. Some of those don't even include a fan, so add another $15 to that price. On a side note, I am being generous about the fan pricing. so that's almost $100 to get the top of the line air cooler. What we have here is a self contained, maintenance free, water cooling system. Easy to install, better than most air coolers, and will produce similar numbers With a bit of tinkering, the numbers can get even better. I haven't even touched the fact that this comes with an LCD display with many color options to fit any theme in a chassis. On top of that, there is still the Maestro to consider. At a later date, the click of a mouse can control how the Vantage ALC performs. Asking $129 doesn't sound all that bad now, does it? The Vantage ALC found a comfy spot in my chassis and I don't see it going anywhere soon. The real question is why you don't have one for yourself yet!
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