CoolIT Systems Eliminator
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-15-2007
Provided by: CoolIT Systems
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Introduction

CoolIT Systems has taken the cooling industry by storm with their recent releases of the Freezone and the Eliminator CPU coolers. Capitalizing on the technology behind thermoelectric cooling, CoolIT has managed to bring high performance cooling to even the least experienced of users.

The idea behind thermoelectric cooling (TEC) is that you can use energy to actively move heat from a cold place to a hot place. Generally, this isn't the case: the temperature in a room will reach equilibrium unless you do work (spend energy) to change that; if that sounds familiar, it's because it's a law of thermodynamics. A Peltier device is a cool (no pun intended) little gadget that facilitates this kind of cooling. When you send current through this white plate, one side becomes very cold and the other very hot. Though this means that more heat will be entered into your computer for your cooling system to deal with, the power lies in the fact that the coolant (and thus processor) can be chilled below room temperature, a feat literally untouchable by even the best water cooling systems.



Today I'm reviewing the Eliminator, which is a step down from the Freezone. Even so, it uses three TEC plates/Pletier devices to cool the closed water loop in separate places on the radiator, providing the potential for great performance. Full specifications, taken from the CoolIT website, are shown above. Let's see if this thing can live up to its reputationů


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