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CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Review

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To properly test the CoolIT Domino A.L.C., I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at Idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). If the cooler does not have a fan supplied, I will be using a Thermaltake 12v 120mm fan. My idle test will be done by running the computer for 30 minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly, it reads the 45nm processor's temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were produced during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all of the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, with a vCore of 1.34v. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius. I will also be running all four tests at the three different fan speed settings such as Quiet, Performance, and Full to see if and how much of a difference there is. During this time, I will have the entire system off sitting with out any power to it for 30min to allow for a full cool down period.


Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently re-tested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.






The CoolIT Domino was able to do quite well during the testing; the different fan speed settings obviously did make a difference in the overall temperature of the cores. When it was at the Quiet setting, the Domino A.L.C. was able to stay just a few degrees above the Thermaltake SpinQ cooler, however once you cranked up the fan speed to the Full Performance setting, you were able to get temperatures that hovered above the Theramlright Ultra 120, which is quite impressive.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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