Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Final Thoughts

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The temperature shown on the LCD display is actually for the coolant in the unit, not for the CPU itself. This was very interesting to me because most people want to know the CPU temps instead of the coolant temp.

The Coolit Vantage showcased some impressive results during performance testing and I wished we could have seen an increase in the unit’s performance using all three available modes to see how it throttles the fan and pump speeds. But, even with the fan and pump running between 1,500 and 2,400 RPMs respectively, we weren’t overwhelmed with fan noise or any other issues with the unit during testing. The unit provided silent operation and was easy to install and use in our LGA 1366 test system.

 

Pricing

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As of Nov. 5, the Coolit Vantage A.L.C. was available at Fry’s Electronics and FrozenCPU.com for $114.99 before shipping. This price point is a bit high compared to what the Corsair H50 and H70 is currently selling for right now.

 

Conclusion

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We’d like to thank Coolit Systems for providing the Vantage A.L.C. for our review today. The Vantage’s performance results and configurable LCD are great selling points which should get enthusiasts and modders excited for this product. The price point is a bit high though, and the fan and pump speeds didn’t change much because the coolant temps never got above 55c during testing. In fact, we didn’t see the coolant temps go above 38.5c when we tested the Vantage in quiet, performance, or extreme modes. Overall, the Vantage A.L.C. is another consistent performer from Coolit Systems and was easy to configure and operate. I think a push-pull fan configuration would have knocked off a couple more degrees during testing, but the extra noise might put off many consumers who are looking for a silent solution for their PCs. 


Strengths

– Programmable LCD display that works horizontally and vertically

– Compatible with latest Intel and AMD processors

– Excellent performance under load

– Easy to setup and install


Weaknesses

– No push-pull fan configuration

– Expensive compared to other self-contained CPU coolers in its class

 

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