CoolIT Vantage

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CoolIT has been around for a while now, offering a wide range of OEM and retail coolers for processors and graphic cards. A while ago CoolIT sent me the Vantage A.L.C. (Advanced Liquid Cooling) for CPU’s. This nifty all-in-one watercooler with LCD-screen is positioned in the high-end cooling market with a price tag of $100. Let’s find out if CoolIT has made a product that can hold its own for this price.

What does CoolIT tell us about the Vantage A.L.C.

"Vantage ALC provides an elegantly engineered cooling solution with an advanced control system that monitors temperature and auto-regulates the fan to ensure the highest degree of efficiency and minimum acoustic noise with continuous protection of the CPU.
The innovative LCD screen enables user-selectable control profiles with a display capable of 6 colors and 4 orientation settings.
The Vantage A.L.C. provides superior performance and industry leading reliability with a feature set unparalleled by any single cooling product on the market."


Universal Retention System
Out of the box support provided for Intel 775, 1155 (Sandy Bridge), 1156, 1366 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 sockets.

CoolIT Pump
Quiet, compact, long life Ceramic bearing CFF1 pump
Life Cycle: 50,000 Hours MTTF

CoolIT Coolant
CoolIT Systems low toxicity with anticorrosion/anti fungal additives

CoolIT Radiator
Custom engineered for low noise high heat dissipation

CoolIT Fan
High reliability, Quiet 12V
Speed: 1100 – 2,500 RPM (low to high regulation)

CoolIT CPU Thermal Grease
CoolIT Systems Pro A.T.C. (Advanced Thermal Compound)

Operations Modes (User Selectable)
Three cooling performance modes quiet, performance, and full (extreme).

CoolIT 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty

3 responses to “CoolIT Vantage”

  1. @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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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