The hoses are quite stiff when trying to install but very durable so the risk of damaging it is minimal. The design of the system, with the pump integrated into the CPU block and the reservoir to the radiator, means that only 2 tubes have to be used making it very user friendly. The hoses are approximately 30cm in length so it is recommended to use the radiator in the place of the case's exhaust fan where the tubing will easily reach.
The Fluid Heat Exchanger
The CPU block or Fluid Heat Exchanger as CoolIT call it, is made of copper for optimal heat transfer. The base has a flat finish but lacks a mirror finish. The large surface area ensures maximum contact with any sized CPUs. CoolIT's high performance thermal compound comes pre-applied for a quick and easy installation.
The retention bracket
At the base, the ECO makes use of pre-fitted brackets for installation. By default, the Intel bracket is installed but the AMD ones are bundled. To replace them, simply unscrew the brackets from below and install the other sets. The Intel bracket comes with LGA775/1156/1366 socket compatibility while the AMD set comes with AM2(+)/AM3 compatibility.
The bracket uses a unique universal retention system that allows the user to quickly change to the socket they will be installing the ECO on. The sockets are marked at the bottom so the user simply has to pull the retainer and slide it into position making sure the two side grooves are facing outwards. The side groove is a clever touch to make sure that the retention will always be positioned straight.
As mentioned before, three motherboard back plates are provided for Intel LGA775/1156/1366 systems whereas AMD motherboards will normally have an integrated back plate. The AMD retention brackets are also supplied.
Once installed, we can see that it doesn't take up a lot of the motherboard's real estate, ensuring plenty of space for adequate airflow and other components. This makes the CoolIT ECO ideal for both small M-ATX cases and larger cases alike.