CoolIT have been busy since the introduction of the Domino and with growing competition in the market, they have managed to deliver a much improved end product over its predecessor. The ECO is one of the solutions in their new line of A.L.C products, marketed to compete with high end air cooling solutions. At that, it does a good job. The ECO performs better than the aging NH-U12P, which still remains more expensive, and is significantly better than the Domino and Noctua\'s top down coolers. However, adopting a push-push fan configuration allows the ECO to shine, matching the Thermolab Baram and Alpenföhn Nordwand, and even the revered Prolimatech Megahalem.
Performance comes at a price and that\'s noise. The 1800 RPM fan is audible even during general usage and adding a second fan to improve cooling consequently increases noise levels. The consolation factor is that the pump is inaudible. Despite this, the CoolIT ECO has several advantages over its competition. Its compact design allows user to install it in restricted cases and the weight doesn\'t put any strain on the motherboard, something we have become accustomed to seeing with ever larger heatsinks. In that sense, it becomes a better and more viable solution than the Noctua and Tuniq top down coolers.
On the whole, the CoolIT ECO A.L.C is a good cooler. What it might lack in performance compared to the bigger and more expensive air coolers, it makes up in ease of installation and with its compact design. With the ability to perfectly cool an i7 at 4GHz, the ECO demonstrates that bigger is not necessarily better.
With the CoolIT ECO A.L.C tested with the fans as intakes instead of the recommended exhaust setups, we see a slight improvement in the core temperatures. It is most noticeable at stock speeds and with the Coolink SWiF-120P fans attached. However, this was to the detriment of the Northbridge temperatures which rose in the process. So, my conclusion remains the same on the product. It remains a fantastic product with emphasis on ease of installation that it definitely upholds.
+Very well packaged
+Sleek and robust
+Compact and all contained
+Easy to install and maintenance free
+Good cooling performance
-Performance still behind top end air coolers
The CoolIT ECO A.L.C deserves the Vortez Hardware Silver award.
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