CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Reviewgotdamojo06 - December 19, 2008
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The front of the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. features a nice housing that is going to hold the mainboard that controls the speeds of the fan and the pump, it also houses the LCD screen that you are going to be able to use to get all of your information about the operation of the watercooling system. The CoolIT logo is printed on the bottom right hand corner and towards the bottom you are going to find the Domino A.L.C. logo printed. When you flip it 180°, you are going to see behind that and see an explanation of the three different setting's symbols look like on the screen and tell you how to change between the different settings. The fan that is installed on the Domino is a large 120mm fan that you can see in the next picture, and you can also see that it has been mounted to suck air in from the inside of the unit and blow it out the back through the radiator. Speaking of the radiator, you are able to see that it has quite a few different rows of fins that are placed very close together to allow the air to pass through it while picking up the heat that has been dissipated to it through the water. The surface area of this radiator is quite large for its small compact size. Located at the bottom of the radiator is the fill port, just in case you do need to add more liquid, which you never are supposed to have to do if everything is installed correctly.
The actual waterblock for the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. is a very thin piece of equipment, which somewhat surprised me, as I had expected it to be a little thicker than it is, allowing more water to flow into it. The base of the block that makes direct contact with the IHS of the processor is nice and flat, and has been polished to make sure that it is very smooth and will make good contact with the processor. The Domino does come with some thermal interface material pre-installed, however to show how well the base looks and to make sure I use the same paste on every cooler, I did have to remove it. The top of the waterblock is where you are going to find a wide black plastic screw that holds the mounting hardware down tight to the block to ensure a good connection.
The pump that is included in the CoolIT Domino is a proprietary pump that is not only compact coming in at 67 x 47 x 29mm, but it is also silent (<21dBA) and has a long life. The pump is rated to run at 50,000 Hours MTTF and utilizes ceramic bearings, weighing only 57g. I was quiet surprised at the specifications of the pump along with the size it is and how well it was able to be fitted inside of the housing.
There are three different fan speed selections that you are able to make that are fully determined by your specific needs for your cooler. If you do not mind the sounds that the fan can/will produce at full speed (~2550RPM) you can choose the Full Performance setting, or the Quiet setting that will run the speed around 1030RPM. There is a Performance setting that will run the fan speed somewhere around the middle, adjusting the speed when needed for extra cooling.
I wanted to take a nice look at the front/main side of the cooler you are going to see when you have it installed in your system. This is where the small LCD screen is located and you will find out all of the information of the watercooling system that you may ever need to know in one nice to find place.
When you do power on the unit, you will see that the screen has black writing with a blue back light, making it easier to read in the dark, and somewhat easy during the lighter times of operation. The three different fan speed settings are displayed below, the first being the Quiet setting, the second at the Performance setting, while the third is set at the Full Performance setting, which is dictated by an arrow in the bottom left hand corner. The top right hand corner is where you are going to find the fan speed, under that you are going to find out how fast the pump is pumping, and under that is the coolant temperature. The Domino A.L.C. has an alarm feature installed that will beep at you when it goes off, along with flashing a warning symbol on the LCD screen. I was curious what it looked like, so I stopped the fan using my finger and you will see a Yield sign show up in the middle at the top of the screen, and the RPM of the fan does read as 0.
Now that we know exactly what the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. looks like and how it is put together, it is time to see exactly how well it is going to be able to stack up against some of the other coolers that are out on the market.