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CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Review

gotdamojo06    -   December 19, 2008
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Conclusion:

The CoolIT Domino A.L.C. cooler is quite interesting to say the least; not only does it look good. But it combines convenience and water and it delivers some impressive performance. The overall design of the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. makes you think about exactly how much time and effort was spent on the Domino, every little detail was checked, the LCD is placed in a perfect location so that you are able to see it when you have your side panel of your case on (if you have a window), the pump is nice and tucked away to keep it from getting in the way of anything, the tubing is a good length allowing you to place it in any case. The only complaint about the design is the mounting hardware, the way that it is attatched to the waterblock was not the most logical in my opinion, the plastic bolt in a metal fitting makes me a little hesitant to remove it in fear of stripping it out if you were to over tighten it, which is easy to do. The fact that this cooler utilizes an all in one watercooling system makes it a great idea for someone who is looking to get away from air cooling and dip their feet in the pond of watercooling. This will give them the idea of the performance to noise benefits along with what exactly is necessary for them to get if they were to build their own watercooling system. The compact design of the Domino makes it nice to know you can fit it inside of any case that you are going to be using, be it a full tower or a mid-tower case. The performance of the cooler at the Full setting was able to keep the processor at the overclocked settings just a few degrees above the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme, which to me is quite impressive. The Quiet setting did have the advantage of barely being able to be heard, however it did allow the temperatures to get a little higher than I wanted, near the 70°C mark. The LCD screen makes it nice and easy to see everything that you may want or need to know about your system in one easy to read place, you have your fan speed, the pump speed, as well as the temperature of the coolant. If things get out of whack, the yield sign pops up on the display and sounds an alarm. 

Overall, if you are looking for a new cooler for your next build or if you are upgrading your cooling solution, you may want to think about the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. as it is going to give you some impressive numbers and allow you to get one step closer to building your own watercooling setup. I would suggest this cooler to anyone who is looking at building a watercooling loop in the future, as it will allow them to see exactly what all goes into the loop along with allowing them to know what type of performance they are going to see over air cooling. This cooler is also a good idea if you are planning on upgrading your entire computer to the Socket 1366, as it comes with mounting hardware for it and we all know how warm those processors are running right now. If you are an overclocker, this cooler may be able to give you those few extra MHz!

 

Pros:

  • Multiplatform design
  • Watercooling
  • Compact
  • Informative LCD
  • Performance (Full setting)
  • Low Noise
  • Alarm (Visual and Audio)
  • i7 support (Socket LGA1366)

 

Cons:

  • Mounting Hardware
  • Performance (Quiet)

 

 

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