CoolIT Eliminator Review

Admin - 2007-01-02 21:26:29 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: January 4, 2007
Coolit
Coolit Systems
Price: $199 USD

Introduction

Last month we had the privilege to take a look into Coolit's Freezone CPU cooler. That unit used TEC (Peltier) cooled water, in a “chiller” module to cool the CPU. Being the first of its kind, Coolit was basically pioneering this field. This month we have the unique and very privileged chance to take a look at their latest addition, the “Eliminator” CPU cooler. This unit has the same basic design as the Freezone, although it looks to be a little bigger. Only time will tell us if they worked out the few bugs that the Freezone had and if this Eliminator is actually an improvement over the Freezone. However, with the slated $199 price tag, this cooler will definitely be grabbing more of the market than the Freezone. With the smaller price and hopefully the same kind of performance, this will make the Eliminator a CPU cooler for the masses.

 

Closer Look

I received the Eliminator very quickly, so as with all things that I receive in the mail, I checked out the initial condition of the box, found that it had no shipping damage, and then proceeded to open it up and take a look at this beastly cooler. And what a beast it turns out to be! Coolit has used an open face box showing off the unit which seems to be a more consumer shelf level approach to packaging.

 

Opening the box up and taking out the cooler, I immediately noticed how much the design has changed over the Freezone.


The unit is longer than that of the Freezone as it has a longer plate, but at the same time, it is also narrower than the Freezone.



Taking a peek underneath the cover, there looks to be 3 separate Peltier units mounted on a central radiator, each with a block for coolant mounted on it. Following the path of the tubing, the unit appears to run these blocks in series, pumping the coolant through each block then back to the CPU block to cool your raging processor.

 

They also seem to have removed the fan flaw that was in the Freezone. They replaced the entire section with a new setup and bolt-on design that removes the need for users to modify it.

The most noticeable improvement of the Eliminator is that they have integrated the controller module, so you don’t need to make any of the old hookups. There is also a switch to set your cooling preference.


The tube running to the CPU block appears to be a little on the short side, so you may run into an issue with a larger case.  All the mounting hardware that ships with the unit will allow you to install onto virtually any hardware, as this is supposed to be a universal cooler.



Enough with the looking, onto the install!

Installation

Installation of the Eliminator is pretty easy if you ask me. Just unscrew your old rear case fan, unclip your CPU cooler, and it's ready to go. After removing your stock cooler, you will need to clean off the leftover thermal paste before mounting the Eliminator block. I like to use rubbing alcohol as I always seem to have it around. A little bit on a rag will wipe the old paste right off and leave you ready to apply the new paste.



Now apply your preferred thermal paste. A good rule of thumb is that if you are using anything other than air cooling, you should switch from Arctic Silver 5 to Arctic Silver Céramique as your thermal paste, as it performs slightly better under colder conditions. Once you have cleaned off the old paste and applied the new paste, you can attach the Eliminator block to your CPU, plug in the power, and secure the unit where your old case fan was. The usual way of installing the CPU block entails removing the stock 939 retention bracket, and threading in a couple of standoffs. On my motherboard (DFI SLI-DR), the standoffs would not reach down to the threads, and I was forced to use an adapted retention module that i was using with my old cooler, which modifies the 939 to a Pentium 4 mounting scheme.



And before you know it, Bam! your new cooler is installed and ready to rock. Pretty simple if you ask me. This is a great achievement on Coolit's part as it makes this cooler really appeal to the novice.

 

 



Specifications

CPU FHE (Fluid Heat Exchanger)
Chiller and Pump Module
TECs
Chiller FHE

For testing this unit I will be running all tests twice; once on maximum cooling and the second time on the silent setting (least cooling). On each cooling setting, the computer will sit at the Windows desktop for 15 minutes for the idle temperature and then 30 minutes of Prime95 will be run and this will be used for the load temperature. I will also test with my CPU running at a stock speed of 2.2 GHz as well as at a stable overclock of 2.9 GHz.

Test Setup

Results for the tests are as follows:


(Please note, all temperatures are in °C) - Please note that on stock cooling, as well as the Eliminator on Silent, the overclock of 2.9 Ghz was not stable.








Conclusion

After using this cooler for a couple days, I was surprised at the cooling performance that was achieved. The dead simple installation of this unit makes it perfect for a person who is looking for better or quieter cooling. This cooler comes fit for both enthusiast and amateur. The simple installation and great performance make this cooler a real worker. Coolit took their great Freezone,  reworked & removed the bugs and now we have this. A perfect fusion of performance and simplicity that is known as the Eliminator. If you are looking for a cooler that gives adequate cooling at an affordable price then take a moment to look into the Eliminator. As easy to install as a new air cooler and the performance of liquid cooling in an easy to install, "snap in" package.

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