Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Pinchy, Feb 22, 2009.
To read this review go to: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolIT/DominoALC/
will there ever be anything like this that cools both the video card and cpu?
Also, can you replace the fan for better performance?
i use one and i absolutly love it got my phenom up to 4.4gigs on it...sorta stable HAHAHAHA...i just run 24/7 at about 3.7 gigs at idle of a avarage around 34-35c
I have one and you don't need to remove the motherboard for AM2/AM2+/AM3. If the reviewer read the manual it says that. The CoolIT Domino A.L.C. is a great cooler. Were this thing stands out is when its OC'd. On my AMD II 940 while OC'd around 4ghz. The CoolIT Domino A.L.C. wipes the floor with my TRUE. Even then I had to by after market fans to get TRUE to almost preform as good as my CoolIT Domino A.L.C.. I had to crank the fans all the way up on the TRUE and it still does not beat my CoolIT Domino A.L.C. on it lowest setting. Keep in mind this is while OC'd. The CoolIT Domino A.L.C. is quieter and colder while OC'd than my TRUE. On top of that I didn't have to buy after market fans to make it compete.
I wonder how does it perform vs thermalrights flagship..
I am not too sure, and no you cant replace the fan unless you want to do some wiring.
Sorry, it was a typo. It was meant to read "Intel based installations" - which is now fixed.
I have also changed the negative dot point to make it less ambiguous.
Thanks for pointing that out.
Thanks to techPowerUp! for the review! Now to answer some of your questions
Replacing the fan is not a good idea for a couple reasons, the biggest being the self-regulated "Performance" fan speed setting. The predefined algorithm the Domino uses is particular to our fans specs; changing the fan will lead to the wrong RPM display and inaccurate self-regulation. Considering the RPM range on the fan (~900 to 3000), I don't see why anyone would want too!
The Domino is designed to be a CPU-dedicated cooler; CoolIT offers other products for cooling multiple components. There are Domino mod threads being discussed in our forums, just remember that some put the 2-year warranty at risk.
wow - so judging by the thernal results, and the fact that the sunbeam core contact is better than the S1283 (in some tests) this should out perform the HDT?
Why would you want to replace the fan. The stock fan is bad ass.
CoolIT Domino A.L.C. Stock Fan:
Fan Speed/Settings - 1030-2900 RPM - Max dBA
Quiet Setting - 1100-2500 RPM - 19.2dBA
Performance Setting - 1100-2500 RPM - 26.2dBA
Full Performance Setting - 2900 RPM 39.4dBA
Ultra Kaze 2000:
Fan Speed - 1000-3000 RPM
1000 RPM - 19.81dBA
2000 RPM - 32.91dBA
3000 RPM - 45.90dBA
Pinchy, it's a nice review. I would really like to see some results on an i7 cpu and a comparison to a WC setup. Cooling on a dual core s775 doesn't show me much since i7 and i5 is really the future of the enthusiast market. I'm certainly a bit critical of Coolit systems because of load temps that I experienced with my Eliminator. The idle temps look nice, as my e8400 sat at 7c on idle. However, once I overclocked and turned up the voltage, it could not even keep up with my Zerotherm Nirvana NV120.
Check this thread out at CoolIT's Forum:
He modded a Scyth Slipstream fan for a push-pull mod. Doesn't really say if that's idle and/or load though...
This does have my interest a tad, my Xig S1283 + Ultra kaze at 1.8k keeps my Q6600 at safe levels, kept my e8500 and 8600 very cool. But I wouldn't mind trying one of these products, I was considering getting and modding an Eliminator, but held off due to information acquired from people like Paulieg. I would probably try to mod my Ultra Kaze to this cooler though...I'm sure it'd be a pain, but if this cooler is decent stock, a lot more airflow and push-pull sounds like it could be very good indeed.
I do agree the i7/i5 market is the future of the enthusiast market, but the enthusiast-gamer and gamer markets will probably still stay dominated my 775 for a while yet, tough to blame anyone for sticking 775, I am for a while..bang for the buck is good, overall performance is still more than enough for gaming. But benching and such goes to the new guys. I am actually debating going 1366 or AM3 on my next build tbh.
You make some good points here, and certainly nothing wrong for sticking with C2D/C2Q for awhile. Overclocked i7 temps is what I want to see.
are these coolit systems really that good? They seem to draw a lot of positive feedback, im just not sure that a 12cm rad could tame a quad with a decent overclock?
I hear ya, I was reading about one of these in a rig (HAF case, q6600 @ 3.6ghz) and he was getting lower 30's idle and mid-upper 50's load. Really not much better than I have with my current setup. I hit the mid 60's atm in stress testing and some foliding, but generally I stay 60 or lower. For me to spend 70 bucks on that solution it'd have to do better then that for a quad...but then again for a dual it should do quite nicely. I think I'll add a 2nd fan to my xig, but as it stands I'm out around 45 bucks total including the xig, mount plate, and 120x38mm Ultra kaze fan..not too shabby I suppose..but quite a bit cheaper than the 70+ bucks they want for these coolers. It still seems at least on quads, higher end air cooling is still better...at least on a q6600!
I 100% agree - I idle around the 32 degree mark @ 3.2, and load in the low to mid 60's - When I had my H20 setup I was idling around 20 degrees and topping out at 40 - 50. Its fantastic on paper, but when you consider I spent £35 on the HDT and the crossbow bracket compared with £120 for the entire loop, (FuZion, dual 12cm rad, dB-1 pump, 1/2" masterclear) it just throws any all in one solution into doubt, and the lower idle temps that sound amazing when on water make no difference at all.
I have been contemplating on this cooler for my next i7 rig. I wonder if it's better than my TRUE?
Its true custom loops are better, but this this a all-in-one unit. Like I said before I have a TRUE and the Domino ALC, and the ALC is hand down better. At least for me on my AMD PHII 940.
Wow, that seems to be a really nice all in one solution.
Having a Intel Q6600 with a DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RB I can’t use allot of the high end air cooling, like the Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer which I was using on my p45 MB which kept my cpu load around 50c on prime95 at 3.6, I can’t see a better solution for me since I still want to run my cpu at 3.6 and there not many options with air cooling with the NB cooling pipes on this board, after buying a DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RB, and a HAF 932 case, what’s $80 more for a cpu cooler, lol
Nice review Pinchy. So much so I'm looking into buying one.
just bought one from amazon.com^^
I wonder if I can add another radiator to it later If I want, I think no as tubing are sealed and cannot be changed to add any other thing, unless we do some more work ( changing the whole tube and making sure no leak too )
you would need to also buy another pump, adding another rediator the factory pump wouldnt support 2
i7 results and compared to a water cooled cpu loop
here's what you were looking for... hope this helps out...
It will take more than this for me to dump my Zalman 9700 LED.
1. Better heat sink
2. Better radiator
3. larger lines
4. More powerful pump
5. More powerful fan
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