CoolIT Systems ECO A.L.C. Liquid Cooler
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-13-2010
Provided by: CoolIT
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Conclusion


Despite how you may feel about liquid cooling "kits" or pre-assembled systems, I have found the Corsair H50, the NorthQ Siberian Tiger and now the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. to perform admirably, require little to no maintenance and incorporate simple installation. I have heard stories about systems that spring leaks, however I have not experienced this firsthand. On the contrary, all three units seem well constructed and the tubing is very durable, even at the endpoints that connect to the radiator and pump. Operation is quiet, there is no gurgling or other indication of moving liquid, no humming or vibration from the pump and the fan runs near silent when the PWM and Smart Fan features are utilized.

The heat exchanger used in all three units appears to be very similar. One big difference between these manufacturers models is in the pump / block design and mounting hardware. In this area I have to admit that the CoolIT ECO surpasses both the H50 and Tiger with its more traditional shape, flexible tubing connections and simplified socket retention mechanism. The brackets are easy to change out between Intel and AMD and are clearly identifiable by markings. Backing plates are included for all three Intel socket types, and although no AMD plate is included, as long as your motherboard has the correct type this is not required and the factory plate can be reused. An optional plate is available in the event your board has the plastic, non-threaded variety.

The CoolIT ECO is readily available at numerous online retailers in the $70 to $80 range, basically the same price as the Corsair system. If you've been thinking about picking up an H50 and don't want the hassle of assembling the mounting hardware, the ECO offers comparable performance and price with a much simpler installation.

OCIA.net awards the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. our Gold Seal of Approval.




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