CoolIT Domino ALC Water Cooler
By Gabriel Torres on January 14, 2009
During CES 2009 we could take a look at CoolIT Domino ALC (Advanced Liquid Cooling), an “all-in-one” water cooling system for CPUs that is coming with an impressive low price (USD 79) and, at the same time, featuring a digital controller with an LCD display. Let’s check it out.
Being a self-contained system means that this cooler comes pre-assembled and ready for use, and it includes a CPU block, hoses, radiator, fan, water pump, reservoir and coolant. It also includes a digital controller. According to CoolIT this system can run up to 50,000 hours without maintenance. This equals to 6,250 days (i.e., 208 months or 17 years) working 8 hours a day or to 2,083 days (i.e., 69 months or 5 years and 9 months) working 24/7.
On Figures 4 and 5 you can see the CPU block. It comes with pre-applied gray thermal paste. Domino ALC comes with a set of adapters to allow you to install the system on basically all current Intel (sockets 775 and 1366) and AMD (socket AM2) CPUs.
The highlight from Domino ALC is its embedded digital controller featuring an LCD display and a configuration button. Thru this display you can monitor the coolant temperature, the speed of the radiator fan and the speed of the water pump. Thru the configuration button you can set the system to work under three different modes: “quiet,” “performance” and “full,” where you can choose the balance between performance and noise level that is more adequate for you. The controller also beeps if something is wrong with the system.
With such low price Domino ALC competes with entry-level water cooling systems like Cooler Master Aquagate Mini. The biggest advantage of Domino ALC is the presence of a digital controller with an LCD display, feature not present on any competing product. Another difference between CoolIT Domino ALC and Cooler Master Aquagate Mini is the location of the water pump: on Cooler Master’s product, this piece is located on top of the CPU cooler, while on CoolIT’s product the pump is fastened to the radiator.