At CES this year, CoolIT introduced a number of new water cooling systems designed to make upgrading the cooling performance of your desktop easier than ever. Four systems were introduced, with varying levels of refinement; some for the CPU and some for the GPU. The two main CPU coolers are the ECO and the VANTAGE (in pictures, respectively). Both offer the same base cooler and radiator systems with self-contained cooling.
The cooling blocks have been designed to be easy to install, offering both enthusiasts and those looking for a quieter high-performance solution a way to meet their goals. The VANTAGE builds upon the foundation set by the ECO and adds in an small monochrome LCD to show off information like CPU temp, fluid temp, fan speeds, etc. right on the block itself. There are also a couple of buttons on the cooler so you can change settings. The screen isn’t what’s so interesting about the VANTAGE, however—it includes a wireless transmitter that communicates with a (proprietary, unfortunately) dongle that CoolIT manufactures knows as Maestro.
Maestro is part of what CoolIT calls its ESP (Extra Sensory Peripherals)–yeah, we know–wireless technology. While you can expect to see some tight integration when using the unit and its supplied software with CoolIT’s own devices, it will also work with 3rd party fans and pumps. The system has been designed to modify three fans, water pumps or related kit that uses a 3 or 4-pin fan header—not including the units docked via CoolIT’s ESP tech. A 9-LED strip comes bundled with Maestro and users can use the software to do simple color changes like with Alienware’s AlienFX system or, more usefully, they can use the LEDs to convey information. Want to know when your CPU hits 70 degrees Celsius? Set up a rule and tell Maestro to flash the LEDs red.
The OMNI is the fourth new product demoed, and it’s CoolIT’s consumer entry in the VGA cooling space. Given the extremely loud fans found on high-end graphics cards these days, users looking for a quiet system sometimes have to choose between noise levels and performance. What’s nice about the OMNI is that instead of replacing a large cooler every time you upgrade your card (an inevitability), you’ll be able to buy a plate fitted for your specific card and keep using the same cooling block and radiator unit you have. Ideally, it means that new cards can be supported even quicker, since all the company needs to do is fit this middle plate to the card and you’re set.
|ECO CPU Cooler||$74.99||now|
|VANTAGE CPU Cooler||$124.99||mid-February|
|OMNI GPU Cooler||varies||call to order|
|Maestro software (comes with wireless dongle and 9 LED strip)||$89.99||—|
CoolIT picked up a number of design awards for their new products at CES this year. Will they really change the way you cool your computer? Who knows, at this point—but they’re certainly not bashful. Calling liquid the future of cooling even everyday computers, CoolIT and their staff are very passionate about their products. They insist that the ECO and VANTAGE systems can come out on top in both performance and price when compared to any air or water cooling products on the market currently. That’s a big claim, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one to try out. Stay tuned for our upcoming review.