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CoolIT ALC ECO review - Budget Liquid Cooling [Guru3D.com]
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Default CoolIT ALC ECO review - Budget Liquid Cooling [Guru3D.com] - 05-14-2010, 09:30 | posts: 6,462

CoolIT ALC ECO review.

A short while ago CoolIT introduced their ALC ECO. The ALC series are single self contained water-cooling based unit that are very easy to install. They looks nice and performs...

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Default 05-14-2010, 09:53 | posts: 1,824 | Location: USA

damn, i was hoping guru would compare it to the h50.
   
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Default 05-14-2010, 10:05 | posts: 1,310 | Location: Las Vegas, NV

Saw a bunch of these at Frys Electronics.
   
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Saw a bunch of these at Frys Electronics.
Yea me too, I think I will get this instead of the h50 since I can go and pick it up locally. Great numbers from it.
   
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Default 05-15-2010, 06:26 | posts: 6,718 | Location: Portland, Oregon

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Saw a bunch of these at Frys Electronics.
I havent seen a single return on them yet, so Im guessing they are either pretty easy to install or just work well. The corsair H50 gets returned so often because its pretty retarded to put together at first. This unit is fairly easy from what I see. Doesnt have a bunch of rings, plastic, and skrews to mess with.

With these easy watercooling setups, I would still only recommend you pick it up if its on sale. I bought my Corsair H50 for $50, and Im pretty happy with it. If I was willing to pay the full $80, then I would just look at a high end air HSF.
   
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damn, i was hoping guru would compare it to the h50.
I do not have the H50 anymore but I do know that the differential inbetween the two is like 1 maybe 2 degrees C at best.

The benefit of the ECO however is that the fan can be pointed outwards (exhausting) to reach these numbers. As such personally I'd opt the ALC ECO.


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I do not have the H50 anymore but I do know that the differential inbetween the two is like 1 maybe 2 degrees C at best.

The benefit of the ECO however is that the fan can be pointed outwards (exhausting) to reach these numbers. As such personally I'd opt the ALC ECO.
I have a cosmos 1000 what if I mounted it to exhaust upwards since I can mount it to the top fan on my case. Should that effect temps any?
   
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Default 05-14-2010, 18:44 | posts: 1

I have had two products from CoolIt. A few years ago I bought the Eliminator and it was defective right out of the box. It took three weeks to get an RMA. Two years ago I bought the Domino. After 18 months the coolant leaked from a defective seam on the cpu cooling block. This destroyed the motherboard and video card. After sending in pictures of the leaking coolant it took a week to get the RMA. It was 6 weeks from the time I sent it in to when I received the replacement.

Since you have to change the motherboard back plate to change the cooler, this meant I needed to totally disassemble the systems multiple times. I have worked with other companies that will send a replacement with a credit card deposit and only charge you if the defective part does not arrive. No such offer from CoolIt.

Even though I am two for two on failures with their products, I still feel the products are solid. A shame that customer support is really lacking.

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damn, i was hoping guru would compare it to the h50.
There's one in the review linked there: http://blog.corsair.com/
   
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Default 05-17-2010, 11:59 | posts: 541 | Location: Uk

looks a really good low price cooling system , would be nice to see it on a amd system for mounting and temps
   
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Default 05-14-2010, 19:01 | posts: 21,314 | Location: Guru3D testlab

Guys, I received some promotion codes for this unit (USA). If interested check the last paragraph where you can find links to the product for as low as 54 USD.


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Guys, I received some promotion codes for this unit (USA). If interested check the last paragraph where you can find links to the product for as low as 54 USD.
Anywhere that ships to Canada? Those links I checked seem to be US only.
   
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Default 05-15-2010, 03:10 | posts: 704 | Location: The Frozen North.

I would have liked to see Hilbert do a head-to-head comparison of the Domino ALC vs. the ECO ALC to see if the one cools better then the other, but they're probabaly about the same since the radiator is nearly the same and the waterblock is about the same.

I have the Domino ALC cooling my Core i7 940 and it really keeps it cool.
   
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Default 05-16-2010, 18:32 | posts: 2,407 | Location: Ohio

I'm not sure if I would jump on one of these at full price, but both tigerdirect and newegg have them for $54-55 after rebate - I don't think you can beat that deal.
   
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Default 05-16-2010, 22:57 | posts: 134 | Location: vancouver Wa

darn I was hoping to see a review against the corsair h50 and that other prebuilt cooler, i think it was the A.L.C domino. That would have been a nice compare..
   
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darn I was hoping to see a review against the corsair h50 and that other prebuilt cooler, i think it was the A.L.C domino. That would have been a nice compare..
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Default 05-18-2010, 06:02 | posts: 137 | Location: California

I'm happy with my H50 as well, as for the setup- If you can't figure it out you probably shouldn't be putting together computers (unless the instructions are in a different language from what you can understand, in which case it's an exception).

And you can mount them both facing out, I have mine facing up in my case to exhaust the air from a 4ghz 1.55 vcore 955, get about 37 idle and 50 load.

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If you want a G3D approved H50 comparison, search for the H50 article. :/

http://www.guru3d.com/article/corsai...cooler-review/
   
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Have had mine in for two weeks and all I can say is wow! Well worth the money. Great build quality and temps haven't gone over 70c under load in games and 80c in prime 95
   
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Default 07-09-2010, 13:55 | posts: 1,397 | Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Just got one of these and replaced my stalwart Noctua dual fan tower.
I am not as impressed as others. I do not know what I have done wrong but my idle temps of my 4ghz i7 920 was sub 50's with Noctua, now there running 55 58 at CPU idle. How do I know if the pump is running at max or running at all? I am using a Gigabyte x58 UD5 board with weirdly placed CPU fan connecters on the board.
Room temp is around 20 deg cels.
Is the pump getting enough power etc?
   
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Just got one of these and replaced my stalwart Noctua dual fan tower.
I am not as impressed as others. I do not know what I have done wrong but my idle temps of my 4ghz i7 920 was sub 50's with Noctua, now there running 55 58 at CPU idle. How do I know if the pump is running at max or running at all? I am using a Gigabyte x58 UD5 board with weirdly placed CPU fan connecters on the board.
Room temp is around 20 deg cels.
Is the pump getting enough power etc?
Hey bro,

You need to make sure that the power connectors get 100% voltage. Thus in your BIOS setup fan control to 100%.

Comparing to Noctua ... myeaah .. Noctua is really really good.


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Hey bro,

You need to make sure that the power connectors get 100% voltage. Thus in your BIOS setup fan control to 100%.

Comparing to Noctua ... myeaah .. Noctua is really really good.
So that means no more "speedfan" software controll?
The BIOS controls the fans?

I am starting to regret dropping the money for this. Now I have this cool IT or my noctua to sell!!!
   
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I'm happy with my H50 as well, as for the setup- If you can't figure it out you probably shouldn't be putting together computers (unless the instructions are in a different language from what you can understand, in which case it's an exception).

And you can mount them both facing out, I have mine facing up in my case to exhaust the air from a 4ghz 1.55 vcore 955, get about 37 idle and 50 load.
This +1

Mine is currently exhausting air out. I did this due to the fact I created a pretty clean line if cool air front the front. I did a cool mod where I have fans on front intake then behind the bays a adjustable wall of 3x ultra kaze on a controller.
YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE STOCK FAN ON THE H50! IT SUCKS. GET A FAN THAT CAN ATLEAST MOVE 90CFM. TEMPS DROPPED OVER 10C PUTTING ON 2 COOLERMASTER 120'S PUSH PULL.

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Default 07-10-2010, 01:17 | posts: 1,776

seems like a decent product. I am using the prolimatech Megahalems and its one hell of a cooler, 4.1ghz i7 920?? need I say more? hell no.
   
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Looks like 99Random had some bad luck with a Domino, but I was curious how the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. compares because Fry's has it for $44.99. I currently have a Thermaltake V1 but am using an Antec Sonata III case and thought this might be better since the case is so small. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
   
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