Self contained, low-maintenance all-in-one liquid CPU cooling systems are quite popular these days, especially amongst system integrators. What makes them popular is that they don't require a masters degree or any experience at all in liquid cooling to enjoy near silent computing. All one needs is the aptitude to work a Philips screw driver and a little dexterity. CoolIT System's Vantage A.L.C. (Advanced Liquid Cooling) is the latest self contained compact cooling innovation. Let's see if that same early innovations we saw at CES 2010 offer real world benefits and performance today!
Features and Specifications
The most prominent feature on the Vantage is the small LCD screen built in to the back of the cooling block-pump assembly. It offers 6 color themes for enthusiasts who like bling. The screen text can be orientated so that it is readable in any direction. A must for case windowed enclosures. Also built into the display unit are three speed settings: Quiet (for silent operation), performance (for balanced noise and cooling performance), and extreme (for maximum cooling performance). The 1100-2500 RPM cooling fan features something called CoolIT Fan Node which is compatible with any 3 or 4 pin third party fan and allows remote temperature detection.
And, while we know that Coolit's special coolant contains low toxicity fluid with anti-corrosion/anti-fungal additives, we aren't quite sure of the actual chemical make up. There could be some advanced aerospace quality coolant inside for all we know. Suffice it to say, their engineers say it's really well engineered "stuff" that is more than capable. Check out the video below for a breakdown of a few more of the Vantage A.L.C.'s features...
Those who buy the Vantage A.L.C. will soon be able to download their new Maestro software system. Maestro allows you to completely manage the Vantage A.L.C., regulate system fans and case extras all via a wireless module that is not currently active inside the display unit. Once enabled however, users will be able to make changes to the Vantage A.L.C. without opening the case and customize the logo on the LCD screen with your very own creation.
The CoolIT Systems Vantage A.L.C. should hit the market running at $114.99 US. In the big scheme of things, this is an unbelievably low price when you factor in what you actually get with the system. While currently only available on CoolIT''s website, we expect places like NewEGG to be carrying it soon.
The Vantage Box Contents
Because the Vantage A.L.C. system arrives completely assembled and ready for operation, there isn't much that needs added to the box. You're just responsible for installing it in your computer system of choice. The Vantage ships with the universal Intel retention brackets already mounted.
In addition to the Vantage A.L.C. itself, inside the box is the Vantage, the optional AMD retention mounting clips, Intel back plates, as well as for gray thermal paste and four mounting screws for the radiator installation. Also included is a very simple installation manual with good illustrations.The Vantage fully supports Intel LGA775, LGA1156, and LGA1366 processors. It also supports AMD AM2, AM2+, and AM3 socket processors. Needless to say, means you can pretty much install it on any CPU on the market all the way up to Core i7 and Phenom II X6.