CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Water Cooler ReviewFri, Dec 17, 2010 - 8:00 AM
Looking over the Vantage A.L.C.
The Vantage A.L.C. is a nice looking kit. The Vantage comes completely assembled and ready to install. Unlike the ECO A.L.C. we looked earlier this year, the Vantage only has one wire to connect. The fan connects to the pump unit so it can control the fan speed based on the performance level set by the user. The hoses that connect the pump to the radiator are Flexible corrugated FEP 6 mm ID 8 mm OD tubing, and are approximately 12″ long.
The pump assembly has two buttons and an LCD screen.
This screen will allow you to see fan speed, pump speed, coolant temp, performance level, and alarms if there are any. The screen can also have the color changed.
Like the previous coolers, the pump unit has swivel fittings that allow the hoses to move.
The Vantage comes with the Intel mounting system preinstalled. The brackets adjust for each of the LGA sockets, with a different backing plate for each. If you have an AMD system the Vantage comes with the mounting brackets; all you have to do is switch them out. The base of the Vantage comes protected with a plastic cover to prevent the pre-applied thermal paste from being damaged.
After removing the thermal paste the base is flat. It is not the best finish in the world, but it is flat. Despite the look the base is clean. This is after I had cleaned the base several times with isopropyl alcohol and a couple of times with Arctic Silver Arctic Clean.
The radiator for the Vantage is a single 120mm radiator that has a single 120mm fan installed on the inside side of the rad. and set up for the intake orientation, or blowing INTO the case. On the outer side there is a shroud spacer.
Getting out the tape measure, we can see that the height of the radiator is 6.1″ or 155mm
The width of the radiator is 4.75″ or 120mm.
The fin count for the radiator is around 20-21 fins per inch. This tells me that the vantage will do better with higher CFM fans. When it comes to radiators the more fins per inch the higher the CFM and static pressure rating your fan needs to be.