CoolIT ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler Review

 
 
 
CoolIT ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler rated Kickass by 3dGameMan.com

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Sponsored by: CoolIT Systems Inc.
Review category: Cooling
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If you're in the market for a CPU cooler and you're somewhere between an excellent air cooler and custom water cooling, this might be the product for you. The CoolIT ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler has the easy of installation you'd expect from air coolers and similar custom water cooling performance. Remember, this product is a sealed liquid cooling system is completely closed off, so there is no maintenance required. This means no refills are required and no risk of leaks.


 

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Anonymous

no waterflow meter :( with led :(

Anonymous

Hopefully this one won't leak like the Domino ALC did... Scythe Mugen 2 is still better anyway, and half the price (Mugen 2 is better than Corsair H50)

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Hey Matt_from_CoolIT,

Thanks for taking the time to stop in :)

It's nice to see companies taking the time to do this. I appreciate it, as I'm sure everyone else here does :)

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I think more companies should do this. Since there's no spam anymore, they can read questions more easy, answer them and so, give more information to everyone about their products.

That's probably why Matt joined? :)

I wish I could buy computers for 5$

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Totally and I'll be encouraging companies to get involved here because it's beneficial for everyone.

And with 99% of the comments now on-topic it makes it's easy for anyone to read the responses and reply.

 

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hi2u :)

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The installation seems easier on a 1156 socket, i have a h50 and installing it on a Asus Maximus III formula took me some time the manuals did not help me that much. I still love the product and IMO looks better than the Cool-it.

Is the included thermal compound any good?

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It is easier, especially on Intel sockets and this us really nice to see :)

The pre-applied thermal compound seems ok to me. Although, once you seat the product on the CPU, if you move it around to much or remove it, you will need to apply optional thermal compound. It would have been nice if that included a tube of extra thermal compound for this reason. In most situations though it will installed once and not removed until replaced.

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Our pre-applied Pro Advanced Thermal Compound is some of the best stuff out there and really challenges the theory that manufacturer goop isn't up to snuff.

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ok Rodney, lets ask the expert, if it was your machine and your money and you wanted to overclock as high as you could on a budget, would you pick this? the  corsair H50? or just a top of the range air cooler like the titan fenrir ttc-nk85tz or something similar???

*UPDATE*

just had a quick look at the review you did off the coollits older product the CoolIT Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler, and am i unsderstanding this right ??

CoolIT Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler MAX SPEED/MAX LOAD 34C

CoolIT ECO Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler MAX RPM / MAX LOAD 61c

ROOM TEMP 22c in both tests

pretty big difference there, why would the older model be more efficent ?? or have i missed something ?

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Yea, I tested the CoolIT Domino in a completely different computer system and thus the vast temperature difference. As mentioned, an Intel i7 at 4GHz generates a lot of heat.

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The Domino was installed and tested in a completely different system with an AMD processor. The heat load from that a dual-core AMD is considerably lower than an oc'ed quadcore 920 @ 4Ghz. This accounts for the large difference in the performance numbers.

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ahhh ok yh thanks for clearin that up guys i knew 2+2 didnt equel 4 on that one, makes sence now :)

Anonymous

I Guess the True test would to have the same identical fan setup on both the Corsair H50 and the CoolIT Systems ECO ALC cooler.

ECO ALC FAN
Voltage 12V
Current 0.14A (MAX)
Power 1.68W (MAX)
Max Speed 1800
Airflow 63 CFM (target)
Static Pressure 3.9 mm-H20 (target)
Max. Noise Level 29 dBA
Dimensions 120x120x25
Bearing Sleeve Bearing
Materials UL94-V0 PBT
Function - Tachometer Output
- PWM Speed Controlled
MTBF 70,000 hrs or better
Safety Approvals CE, UL, TUV, ROHS
RoHS Compliant

Corsair H50 Fan
Max Speed 1700RPM
POWER 2.2W
Max. Noise Level29.75 dB(A)
Airflow 59.05CFM
Static Pressure 3.57mm H20.

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Correct.  The best comparison is apples to apples: both coolers with the same fan blowing air in the same direction.

Anonymous

You would get better performance if you turned turned the fan around so it is drawing cool air from outside the case then blowing it over the radiator. Pulling moves more heat faster than pulling air

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This is what Corsair has done at the detriment of the other components in the computer system.

IMO, one of the biggest advantages to liquid vs air is heat extraction and transportation. Unlike a large heatsink that radiates heat around your chipset, power supply, ram, and video cards, a liquid cooler can transport that heat and directly remove it from the computer chassis.

All of our coolers follow that philosophy: take the +150W  from the CPU and inject it OUT of your computer case. Tthe Corsair H50 will add that heat INTO the computer. Also keep in mind that all computer chassis bring in air through the front and push it to the back: H50 upsets that airflow balance.

What results? Increases in system instability and you will especially notice your GPU temperatures rise.

If I just bought a new video card, the last thing I would want is to make the air around it hotter!

Anonymous

oh i forget, can u do a review of the H50 vs this product, i want to buy one of these but need to see which is better

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GMan already reviewed the H50.

http://www.3dgameman.com/reviews/1080/corsair-h50-cpu-cooler

The h50 had lower temps.  Both received KICKASS ratings.  The coolit appears easier to install, imo.

Just my 2 cents.

Jason C.

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Correct, the ECO is a little easier to install than the H50.

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2*C is easily accountable by the use of ambient vs chassis air to cool the rad H50. In fact, I would expect more of performance increase...

Also note that the H50 test system has 2x GTX295 and it is not recommended to take the air the liquid cooler just extracted from the CPU and push it back into the chassis for those video cards to use. *shudder*

Anonymous

the h50 is better i get 30c idle and 75c max at 4ghz

Anonymous

great site u have here ! keep doing the good work

Anonymous

Nothing beats a high quality CPU air cooler even for overclocking. I don't want water in my rig! :-P

Anonymous

Benchmarks have shown that with a performance triple or quad rad and a performance CPU block, it is possible to surpass a high quality CPU air cooler when overclocking. However, its probably not the most economical idea, as the price of a single, quality performance rad is likely to surpass the price of a quality air cooler - let alone include the price of tubing, a high flow pump, fittings, etc. And most people do not want to have water in their systems due to leaking problems or *gasp* pump failure.

Anonymous

No AMD config? UGH!

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This cooler supports AMD, AM2, AM2+ & AM3 :)

Anonymous

Yes there is, brackets are included and even the picture showing the cooler at the begining is on a Gigabyte AMD motherboard.

Anonymous

Anyone know of the two, H50 and this, which is purely 'better'?

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After my last experience with a Coolit Domino ALC Unit, I won't even bother considering purchasing this.

The CPU block/bracket installation in that ALC unit was the most frustrating one ever. Sure, the concept was easy enough, but that was until I somehow managed to break some of their washers and break one of their screw threads, and I am not that strong nor was I dumb enough to use a drill.

With this new unit, although it looks easy to configure and install, it looks like it will wear down and break over time.

Being able to break the pipes after some time when I unfortunately was "stupid" enough to keep replacing computer parts and reinstalling this unit properly [as well as trying to do some minor push/pull fan modding], was not something I expected since, of course, Coolit claimed that those pipes were "hard to break or kink". Also, the green liquid STINKS...literally!

If I was to re-purchase something like this, I would go with the Corsair H50, but for now I am still happy with my Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler.

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Hi Soma Cruz,

While I can't speak directly to your experience, I can say that we take every opinion, review, and experience from our previous coolers and use that information to shape and mold the new coolers we release. That's actually the starting point for our product development process: what do our customers want to see changed?

Improvements over our past cooling solutions, including Domino, have found their way into ECO. This includes lower thermal resistance, quieter operation, lower power consumption, higher reliability, smaller foot print, easier installation, higher compatibility, and of course, less expensive.

I think Rodney's review is evidence that we've hit all this points and then some ;)

Anonymous

wish i had some extra money... would love to build a new rig with that! =P

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If there's a problem like, the pump doesn't work anymore for some reason. How would you notice it?

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The ECO pump has a 3-pin connection so it has a tac line that your motherboard can monitor, report, and even shutdown or beep with alarms (BIOS option) if 0 RPM is reported. The same goes for the 4-pin ECO fan. Your options are defined by the motherboard you have and the BIOS it uses.

Anonymous

hello Rodney

i love this review but it is a lot better if you do a benchmark with another brand at result

for example corsair h50 vs CoolIT ECO

everyone know that stock intel hf not good for overclock .

very thank you!

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Looks like the H50, but the ALU rad results in higher temps - if its cheaper than the h50 thats great! 

BTW: the packaging doesnt look very ECO friendly does it

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I guess the ECO part of this product is the 1W pump ;)

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i hear a lot of comments about "yay something that will finally beat the H50.." well no this doesn't

it may appeal to some people more than the H50 to others visually

the testing that Rodney has performed show that this got the CPU down to

61c under max load whereas the H50 got it down to 59c; yes this may only be 3c difference, but it shows that the H50 is a better product

the corsair wires are also covered in that black mesh casing rather than bare wire which appeals to me more :P

Intel Core i5-750; 896MB XFX GTX 260 (216SP, XXX Edition); Antec 300;

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I stand corrected. I was indeed thinking of another product. Sorry for the confusion.

While the fan on this unit doesn't intake cool air from outside the case, it can be turned around to do so and another fan can be added.

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It does performs well! Great review as always Rodney.

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i want

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I'm not a big fan of liquid cooling kits let alone sealed systems like this for personal use but for a customer's computer they are GREAT. Because of there no maintenance design you can install them in a costumer's computer  and not have worry about leaks or changing liquid but best of all it's super quick to install and universal.

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Looks nice, bit of a copycat but would like to see more of these in the future. One for a videocard  would be nice. You would have two pumps and two radiators but for a full atx case that is not a problem.

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icebreaker wrote:

Looks nice, bit of a copycat but would like to see more of these in the future. One for a videocard  would be nice. You would have two pumps and two radiators but for a full atx case that is not a problem.

They actually have one on the site that you can look at (and pre-order currently) that is a "universal" for video cards. You just change the retention plate and it fits various models of cards.

Here it is. The Omni

http://www.coolitsystems.com/index.php/omni.html

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OMNI is the most innovative thermal solution this year from ANY manufacturer.

Liquid cooling video cards has always been an expensive, DIY project that only the elite of hardcore enthusiasts attempt. And once you upgrade your video card, the loop has to be drained and  new block purchased that easily retail above 100 USD. Now consider that the top cards from both ATI and NVIDIA push +90*C with loud hairdryer fans, liquid never looked so good :)

Making a VGA solution that is factory sealed, maintenance free solution a is feat in and of itself. But also introducing an upgrade path to follow the 6-8 month video card life cycle, well that's something special ;)

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I wonder if the H50 is better than this one?

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This looks interesting ;)

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I like the idea of a sealed unit. Its annoying having to change the coolant in my Thermaltake 760i LCS every 6 months

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What's the different between this and H50?

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