CoolIT ECO – Package and Overview
The CoolIT ECO A.L.C. arrives in an all-white cleanly styled cardboard box adorned with features, specifications and information about the product. The supported CPUs are clearly evident on the front of the box: AMD, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and Intel 775, 1156, 1366. This is certainly more support than most CPU Coolers offer which I’m sure many will be happy with.
Opening the box reveals the ECO comfortably seated within two polystyrene sections. The CPU back-clips and mounting arms are found in two exterior sections of the polystyrene block.
With all the accessories out you will find:
- 3x CPU back-plates
- 2x Mounting arms (both needed)
- 4x Bolts
- Instructions Leaflet
With the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. removed from the polystyrene block it is evident that the cooler utilizes a very compact and small-scale design. It involves a 120mm fan secured to a radiator which is then connected directly to a CPU block which also combines the pump. All this is powered by two three pin fan adapters, one for the radiator fan and one for the pump. Compared to traditional water cooling methods, which are often very large and complicated, the CoolIT ECO makes for a simplistic approach to watercooling which is both tidy and easy-to-install – even for the most inexperienced of users.
The fan itself is a standard black plastic spinner with seven blades. CoolIT describes the fan as being ‘quiet’, whether this is true or not we’ll find out later on.
The radiator is fairly low profile and unlike the Domino, doesn’t have a plastic housing surrounding it with controls and an LCD for speed settings. This is fairly disappointing in the fact that the module was certainly useful for when switching tasks, for example, when gaming you could increase the speed of the fan and pump or reduce it when doing lighter work. However, by utilizing a more simplistic concept, the size of the unit is a lot smaller and so the CoolIT ECO has the option of being installed within smaller cases such as a SFF (small form factor) system.
The pump is combined within the CPU block and is also very small. Powering it is a 3-pin fan header – this is good to see as most users have now ditched Molex connectors altogether. Four thumb screws (which can also be tightened with a screwdriver) are located on each corner of the block, these screw into CPU back-plate.
The CoolIT ECO’s block offers a rather blurry copper base with thermal paste pre-applied. The quality of the cooper is a little disappointing with shinier bases proving to result in better temperatures.