CoolIT Vantage Advanced Liquid Cooler Reviewccokeman - August 15, 2010
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Finding out how the Vantage performs is the object of this exercise so I will be making a comparison of the CPU temperatures in both an idle and loaded state. Both will be made while the CPU is at the stock voltages and clock speeds, as well as when the CPU is overclocked and 'over-volted'. This will help to show what kind of cooling performance that this cooling solution from CoolIT has to offer, when compared to other socket 1366 compatible high-performance cooling solutions. These cooling systems will be tested head-to-head as they are delivered from the manufacturer. I could throw in a bunch of testing variables, but it is not what the products are capable of as delivered. To test the idle temperatures, I will allow the computer to stay in an idle state for 30 minutes and take the idle temperature at this point. For the load testing, I will use Prime95 version 25.11 and choose the blend testing and allow the processor and memory controller to heat up to the maximum temperatures. The time frame is a four-hour run, to allow the temperature to peak - usually at or around the 14K test. I will use Real temp 2.7 to take the high and low temperatures and average the temperatures generated over the four cores as my reported temperatures.
- CPU: Intel Core i7 920 133x20(Stock) 166x20 Overclocked
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Eclipse
- Memory: Mushkin Redline PC3 12800 990805 6-8-6-24
- Video Card(s): Sapphire HD 5870 1GB
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Asus DVD-R
- OS: Windows: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
- Chassis: ThermalTake Armour +
Comparison Heat sinks:
- Coolink Corator DS
- Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Thermalright TRUE Revision C
- Noctua NH-D14
- Noctua NH-U9B SE
- Coolit ECO ALC
- Noctua NH-C12P SE14
- Thermalright TRUE Copper
- Gelid Tranquillo
- Thermalright TRUE Revision A
- Noctua NH-C12P SE14
- Thermaltake FRIO
When testing the Vantage ALC at the 920's stock speeds and voltage (2.66Ghz, 1.14v) on the Extreme, Silent and Performance settings there was not enough heat output to the system to really ramp up the fan. At all three performance points, the results were similar. When overclocked to 3.3GHz the, Vantage delivered slightly better numbers than the Gelid Tranquillo and the CoolIT ECO ALC that preceded it to market, as well as comparable temperatures to the CoratorDS from Coolink, the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 and the Thermaltake FRIO on low speed settings. This is a better performance than I was expecting.
In light of this I figured I should see what it will do with my normal overclocked settings of 200x20 for 4.0Ghz with 1.35 volts and run prime 95 for the same length of time as the normal testing. What I found was that the Vantage was up to the task keeping temperatures in the mid 70's Celsius (75C average). I was pleased to see this, as it is better than most high-end air setups. Not all, but most. When pushed this far, the fan finally started to ramp up but at no time was the noise too intrusive and was more of a low pitched whirring. The difference between the noise signature from the baseline to the 4.0Ghz testing is not that great, unless you are a silent PC enthusiast where even mouse farts are too loud.