2010 CES: CoolIT Systems
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-17-2010
Introduction / CPU Cooling

On the second day of CES, we got a chance to head over to the CoolIT booth on the show floor and meet up with them about this year's new products. CoolIT had a lot of different displays, from the expected consumer hardware to a 24-peltier prototype cooler for commercial use and much in between. Above is a fine example: the XO2 system. This very cleanly laid out prototype is the result of CoolIT's attempt to design a chassis for liquid cooling, rather than catering its cooling system to the layout of the computer. As you can see, the final product showcases a streamlined, efficient design much like CoolIT's other products.

CPU Cooling

Due to the recent success of their Domino ALC, CoolIT decided to improve upon the Domino and split it up into two new products. The first child of the Domino is the Eco ALC. The Eco design features quite a few differences from that of the Domino. The most noticeable change is the missing LCD screen, removed because the Eco is meant to be a no-extras, pure performance system. Also, the pump has moved to the back of the water-block, which should remove some of the sizing conflicts we had with the Domino. Other changes include more flexible tubing, as the tubing can actually rotate around its connection with the pump and water-block, as well as a more versatile mounting system. The Eco is said to run approximately 6F cooler than the Domino and currently sells for $75.

On the other half of the Domino split is the Vantage. The Vantage costs $125, $50 more than the Eco, and comes with some more features. All of the Eco's improvements, such as the tubing and mounting system, are available on the Vantage. Furthermore, the LCD screen stays for the Vantage. It has moved to the pump, and is now 84x48px and fully customizable. The Vantage should be available in February.

One of the biggest features of the Vantage is that it is ready for wireless control via CoolIT's Maestro software. Maestro requires a small controller hub and a USB dongle. This software package allows for complete customization of the LCD screen, various LED light settings, such as color and pulse, as well as a suite of temperature monitoring and control tools. Fan speed, pump rate, and all of the accessibility you would expect are available through Maestro.

Video card cooling just ahead!

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