Testing and Results

To test CPU coolers we boot the PC up to Windows and measure temperatures under idle and load state, using professional software.

For idle testing, we simply let the rig sit doing absolutely nothing for 30 minutes and take the most representative temperature of the last 10 minutes. The same is used for the load testing, but instead of letting the PC do nothing; we load all cores to 100% using multiple instances of SuperPi2004 and let the program(s) run for at least 15 minutes.

The whole system was setup for optimal air flow with multiple 120mm intake and exhaust fans, as is recommended for any system

 
4.0GHz DC
Fan RPM
3.8GHz QC
Fan RPM
Quiet
Idle
44 (35.4)
1000
45 (34,6)
1000
Stress
54 (41.3)
1200
68 (45,3)
1300
Performance
Idle
43 (34.5)
1200
43 (33.5)
1200
Stress
52 (39.1)
1600
66 (43,2)
1700
Extreme
Idle
41 (33.1)
1450
44 (33.1)
1450
Stress
50 (37.4)
1800
63 (40,9)
2100

The results on this cooler are quite extensive so let me break them down for you.

First of all, the performance difference between the different fan presets (Quiet, Performance, Extreme) isn’t big. Roughly 4 degrees Celcius for the 4.0GHz Dual Core and 5 degrees Celcius for 3.8GHz Quad Core.

Second, all temperatures are neatly within bounds but I can’t recommend the ‘Quiet’ preset for quad cor
overclocking, since I consider anything above 65 degrees Celcius too hot for a CPU.

Third, the fan noise curve:

Fan noise curve (RPM):
0-1600 Inaudible
1600-2000 barely audible
2000+ audible up to loud

Stressing the quad core at ‘Extreme’ preset results in the fan going wild and producing a jet-like sound. Loading four cores to 100% virtually never happens on any system, so you can expect the cooler to stay within reasonable noise bounds as long as you have a normal room temperature (ca. 20c) and don’t do extreme overclocking, since this cooler is still aimed at a wide consumer market and not specifically die-hard overclockers.

 

Pricing and Availability

Here comes the interesting part, the performance of a cooler has to justify its price tag; let’s see if CoolIT can hold up.

CoolIT retails the Vantage A.L.C. on their website for $99.99. In the Netherlands this product available at all and in Germany the cooler retails for about €95.-; this is quite some money for a CPU cooler. You may remember my Prolimatech Super Mega review. This cooler retails for €65.- but outperforms the Vantage A.L.C. It’s hard choosing if you want the best of the best; for €100.- you won’t get a decent watercooling set but that money will easily get you the best air cooler which may not have an LCD screen, but cools better!

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  • DBPHugues

    Same company had the excellent idea of using Peltiers (thermo electric coolers – TECs) outside a water chamber or inline with a pump. A few customers managed to fry their mobos when (I am guessing) the TEC over cooled and parts began to fail. To survive, the company re-launched without TECs. Too bad, because it was an exceptional idea. Would love to see the failure data. Customers who set and forget? TECs gone mad? Parts like hoses not rated for frequent temp changes?

    The problem with very complete water cooling is all of those high pressure hoses and fluid that is rather difficult to get cool enough to be effective. The mass and complexity of good water cooling is a huge turn-off (and unfounded worry) in a professional environment.

    I am absolutely sure that if implemented properly the original ideas this company had for cooling with low pressure from a closed system with added cooling with TECs will work just fine. What was missing, probably because they were trying to hit a low price point, was really good control engineering, using high end materials at failure points, and educated end users who can’t just install and forget.

    Sometime soon I will put my money and time where my mouth is and build a few of those things. Just can’t stand to see a great idea go to waste.

  • John Smit

    One con overlooked here is the continual beeping once it detects the temperature to be below 19.5°C (67.1°F) and it will. not. stop. until the temperature rises above this value. Imagine winter time, you just got home and the room is still at around 15°C, you turn on your PC and the beeping starts, right until you get in Windows and fire up Prime95 so the blasted beeping will finally stop. Oh, and here is the kicker: there is no solution to this problem and it’s the reason why this “fine” feature is installed is unknown. Brilliant.

  • @DBPH
    I didn’t know about the first part of the story, thank you for that.
    Second part I agree totally, I was very interested in reviewing those parts at the time – never heard anything from it afterwards.

    @John Smit
    You are right about this, it has a few weird quirks. Thanks for mentioning!