CoolIT ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU Cooler E-mail
Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling
Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
CoolIT ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU Cooler
Closer Look: ECO-R120 CPU Cooler
Heatsink Test Methodology
Testing and Results
Liquid Cooling Final Thoughts
CoolIT ECO-R120 Conclusion

ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU Cooler Review

The stock cooler included with retail-packaged CPUs represents the manufacturer's best efforts to provide a cooler that will keep the processor within its temperature limits at stock clock speeds, all for the lowest cost. But if you want to overclock your system, you're going to need an aftermarket cooler. The ideal cooler would be inexpensive, quiet, easy to install, and keep your CPU icy cold under all loads and conditions. But of course, in the real world it's always a balancing act among these various parameters. CoolIT Systems' new ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU cooler aims to balance these requirements by offering an easy-to-install sealed liquid cooling system for your CPU. Using both stock and high-speed fans, Benchmark Reviews compares it to the top air coolers and the Corsair H50 liquid cooling system on an overclocked and overvolted Intel Core i7-920 processor.


Aftermarket CPU coolers have changed a lot in the past few years: they've morphed from relatively simple finned blocks of metal with fixed-speed fans to elaborate heat-pipe designs with PWM-controlled fans; sometimes outfitted with multiple fans. Since enthusiasts often have windowed cases, manufacturers have started paying more attention to the appearance of their products, with elaborate fin designs, LED lighting, liberal use of polished copper, and colorful plastic shrouds. Some vendors carefully machine away part of the heat sink base so that the heat pipes have direct contact with the CPU, and each new variance in design is touted as the Next Great Thing.

Although sealed, pre-filled liquid cooling systems have been available for a few years - primarily as OEM components. The introduction of the Corsair H50 thrust this type of heat sink into the consumer spotlight last year. Offering performance competitive with high end air coolers of the time, low noise, and a reasonable price (for water cooling), it was inevitable that it would spawn competition.

CoolIT Systems is no stranger to liquid cooling systems, but many of their previous offerings have occasionally been expensive, high-end systems using Peltier-chilled coolant and elaborate pumping and electrical systems. The new ECO A.L.C. (Advanced Liquid Cooling) system competes directly with the Corsair H50 as well as high-end air cooling solutions.

About CoolIT Systems

For years, CoolIT has been working with leaders in the computer industry to research, design, and provide an affordable new cooling product that provides a comprehensive solution for end users while exceeding high OEM standards. This carefully designed and patented technology unleashes the full potential of a PC, providing superior cooling performance while reducing system level noise and improving reliability of vital components. This small, but potent, pre-assembled product can also be easily installed inside any standard chassis. The CoolIT MTEC Technology can be found in the top names in performance computing like Dell, Alienware, Velocity Micro, MAINGEAR, Hypersonic, Biohazard, Ultra, Ultraforce, Systemax, BFG, Commodore Gaming, War Machine and Shuttle.

Aside from the current product offering, there are several additional products poised for release in the coming months to service the demanding cooling requirements of high performance video cards, multi-processor computers, and servers.

Features & Specifications

CoolIT CPU FHE (Fluid Heat Exchanger)
Copper Micro-Channel

Universal Retention System
Out of the box support provided for Intel 775, 1156, 1366 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 sockets.

CoolIT Proprietary Pump
Quiet, compact, long life CFF1 pump
Ceramic bearing
Life Cycle: 50,000 Hours MTTF

CoolIT Coolant
CoolIT Systems low toxicity with anticorrosion/anti fungal additives

CoolIT Radiator
Custom engineered for low noise high heat dissipation

CoolIT Fan
High reliability, Quiet 12V
Speed: 1800 RPM MAX

CoolIT CPU Thermal Grease
CoolIT Systems Pro A.T.C.
(Advanced Thermal Compound)

CoolIT 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty



# Why no push-pull configurations?Ladyfox 2010-04-28 10:04
I give you guys credit for standardizing your testing to allow consistency with the results. However, if you guys are going to test by swapping the fan around why not take the next step and do a push/pull configuration? Most people I know that run H50's went with a push/pull after finding that the single-fan just was not cutting it and it looks like this one would benefit from the same. 'Course, vendors cheaping out on fans does not help either. -_-
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# Static pressureOlin Coles 2010-04-28 11:21
Ladyfox: I didn't write or test the CoolIT ECO, but I've tested the H50. Ultimately it comes down to the fans static pressure. You won't need two fans in a push-pull set to create the same airflow that a single fan (like the Yate Loon used here) has done. I know you won't just take my word for it, but believe me, that Yate Loon is like a leaf blower.
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# RE: Static pressureLadyfox 2010-04-28 20:40
Oh, I believe you and a few swear by the single-fan/high static configuration. However, when I tried it myself on my H50 I valued my sanity a bit more. -_^

So, as a compromise I went with a pair of Noctua NF-p12's in a push/pull which gave the same performance with a LOT less noise. The way I figured it was that if you were running a fan that loud you may as well stay with a standard air cooler like the newer Noctua one.
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# RE: CoolIT ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU CoolerDavid Ramsey 2010-04-28 13:59
I run the H50 in my own system with a push-pull arrangement, so I'm aware of the value of this configuration. There are also the new Feser Triebwerks 55mm-thick fans that are specifically designed to push air through radiators. The real answer to your question is that there are so many possible configurations that we simply can't test them all, and since not all coolers we compare against support dual fans, a single fan comparison is the best we way have to show the relative performance of the coolers. That said, an article concentrating on different fan options for the ECO isn't out of the question...
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# RE: RE: CoolIT ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU CoolerLadyfox 2010-04-28 20:44
Fair point on that but it would be an interesting thing to add, making sure to use the exact same fan as it comes with stock, in a push/pull on both the liquid system and air cooler. That way you are able to still keep the variables down and not really greatly increase the work involved.

However, I'm also aware of what deadlines are like so if this is the best compromise I'm not complaining. But, should you decide to do a push/pull review comparision between the CoolIT and H50 (if that's even worth it) and say the best air cooler from this review you can be assured you'd have at least one person who appreciated the effort. ^_^
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# RE: CoolIT ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU CoolerRahul 2011-02-04 22:45
What a coooler!!
Imagine If CoolIT started making cases with in-built water cooling for cpu and gpu how good it wud be...
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# RE: CoolIT ECO A.L.C. ECO-R120 CPU CoolerRahul 2011-02-04 22:50
Imagine if they started using "A Powerless Pump"(Like the Msi Concept Chipset Cooler) which will not need a power connector or a thermal probe..
And the only connector needed will be the fan connector..
How cool it wud be..
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