CES 2010 CoverageBosco - January 6, 2010
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If you pay attention to the news that appears on the front page, you will already know that CoolIT announced several new products here at CES. It was showing these off at its booth in the south hall of the convention center, so we dropped by to take a closer look. The first thing we noticed wasn't one of the products that was launched this week, but the XO2 Concept PC, a CoolIT designed and built system intended to show off the benefits of fully utilizing liquid cooling inside a case. The XO2 system was built around an Intel X58 motherboard with liquid cooled chipset, voltage regulators and Core i7 965XE CPU. It also features a liquid cooled AMD HD 4870 graphics card and CoolIT's new Maestro Controller node for system monitoring and control.
CPU temperatures for the system were being displayed in CoreTemp as topping out under 50c (one core at 51c) after runs of 3DMark, which is quite impressive for such a sleek looking setup.
Moving on to products you will actually be able to buy, we have two new CPU coolers. The first of these is the ECO A.L.C., which is aimed at those looking for high performance cooling at a reasonable price. It is a self-contained unit similar in style to a previous CoolIT product, the Domino A.L.C. (which earned an OCC Silver award when we reviewed it). You should be able to get hold of an ECO A.L.C. right now for $74.99.
The Vantage A.L.C. is another self-contained CPU cooling unit, but one that features CoolIT's new Maestro E.S.P. monitoring and control system, which enables users to manage their cooling effectively through a software interface. The system uses a wireless USB dongle to communicate with a controller node and allows a number of adjustments to be made to settings, such as fan speeds, case lighting or setting alarm triggers for monitored temperatures. For example, you could set fans speeds or RGB lighting colors to change based on temperature zone triggers. The Vantage also comes with a programmable 84 x 48 pixel LCD display, which can be used to display system info or images. You can expect the Vantage A.L.C. to be available in February, though you can pre-order one now should you wish.
Last but by no means least, we have the OMNI A.L.C. Universal GPU cooling solution, which does away with the hassle of buying completely new water blocks when you upgrade your graphics card by providing the option of simply swapping out a base plate, even if you are switching between single and dual-GPU cards. The OMNI is also compatible with CoolIT's Maestro software and hardware control and comes in 120mm or 240mm radiator configurations.