CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Reviewgotdamojo06 - December 19, 2008
Category: CPU Cooling
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Have you been searching for a new cooler for your processor? Maybe you would like to get the best performance that you can get from a simplistic cooling solution or you are looking for an extremely quiet solution. Well it's no lie that the best performance that you can get is by using a watercooling solution. If you are looking for simplicity however, it can be somewhat complicated to get setup and can take a while to do. The dangers of using water inside of a computer keep many people away from it and make the stay with an air cooling solution, even if it may be a little louder. This is where CoolIT, a well known brand when it comes to an all-in-one watercooling loop, comes into play with the release of their newest water cooler, the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. I am curious to see how well this self contained water cooling unit is going to be able to compare when it comes to some of the better names in air cooling solutions.
The packaging for the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. is a simplistic cardboard box that proudly displays a few of the neat things this cooler is able to do. On the front of the package, you are going to see a nice picture of the cooler with it's LCD screen on and how it looks with the tubing stretched out that connects to the waterblock. At the top of the package, you are going to see the Domino A.L.C. name, under that you are going to see exactly what A.L.C. stands for; "Advanced Liquid Cooling". The top right hand corner of the package is where the Innovations at the International CES 2009 badge is located, while on the opposite side of the package is where you are going to see the CoolIT logo. The bottom two corners are going to show you the different socket types that are supported with the included hardware, one for Intel and the other for AMD. The next side is where you are going to see a few different features that the Domino has as well as a few quotes from past reviews, including the top one from us at overclockersclub.com. The following side is where you are going to find the processor compatibility along with a picture showing you what it looks like when the cooler is installed in a case. The final side of the package is where you are going to find three more main functional features of the cooler that CoolIT wanted to point out.
When you open up the package, you are going to notice that CoolIT has packaged the Domino A.L.C. in a molded plastic package to keep it in place during the shipping process to help prevent any damages that may occur from a bumpy ride. You can also see all of the things that are packed up inside the box with the Domino cooler, including the mounting hardware and the cooler itself.
The accessories that are packaged with the cooler are all quite common with most CPU coolers that you can purchase now-a-days, it has the mounting hardware for the supported Intel sockets already installed on the waterblock, while there is a backing plate for the two different Intel socket types included with the accessories. There is also a bracket to install atop the waterblock to allow it to be installed on an AMD system. The bag of screws that is included has enough to allow you to install the AMD bracket and two rubber screws for replacement on the mounting hardware for the radiator which makes up for the size difference between the Intel Socket 775 backing plate and the Intel Socket 1366 backing plate. There is an instruction manual that is included with the cooler, I have flipped it open to the page about how to reconfigure the Intel Mounting hardware to work for the Socket 775 as it comes pre configured to fit the Socket 1366.
Now that we know what the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. looks like, it is time to take a nice close look at how it is constructed and what it is made of!