|Coolit Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Sunday, 27 February 2011|
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Coolit Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler
Sealed, all-in-one water coolers seem to be the fastest-growing segment of the CPU cooler market today. Air coolers are reaching their physical limits: given the room inside existing cases, and the (frequently ignored) weight limits defined for CPU coolers, something like a Prolimatech Megahalems is about as big as you can get without running into problems. Water cooling systems work around these problems by moving the heat exchanger off of the CPU socket, and using a fluid to transfer heat from the CPU to the heat exchanger. Coolit Systems has been making retail and bespoke liquid cooling systems for some years now, and the Coolit Vantage A.L.C. cooler brings new features and performance to the fray. Benchmark Reviews pits this new entry against existing air and water coolers in a performance showdown.
Enthusiasts searching for preconfigured CPU water cooling systems have many choices today. Coolit Systems distinguishes their Vantage A.L.C. unit with a built-in display that shows coolant temperature, pump RPM, and fan RPM, and controls its PWM fan directly, varying its speed based on the coolant temperature and the user's setting (Silent, Performance, or Extreme).
Of course, at the end of the day any CPU cooler's main task is to cool the CPU. Since retail CPUs come with perfectly adequate coolers, the main reason to buy an aftermarket cooler is for conditions that the stock cooler can't handle...namely, overclocking. I'll put the Coolit Systems Vantage A.L.C. cooler on top of an overclocked and overvolted Intel Core i7-950 and see how it compares to a selection of air and water coolers.
Manufacturer: Coolit Systems
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Coolit Systems.
Coolit Vantage A.L.C. Specifications