CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Water Cooler ReviewFri, Dec 17, 2010 - 8:00 AM
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
CoolIt Systems has been bringing water cooling kits to market for a couple of years now. They are starting to get more popular as users want the quiet operation and benefits of water, but don’t have the budget or desire to drop $200+ on a custom water cooling solution. So more and more companies, like Asetek, CoolIt Systems and Corsair, are starting to make coolers like this. Of the several CoolIT water cooling units we have tested here at Legit Reviews, the Vantage is the nicest one yet. It looks to be built very well, installed quite easily, and can be customized to fit you case colors.
Overall noise levels of the Vantage A.L.C. are very nice; on Quiet mode the Vantage is just that quiet. In a standard case it would be hardly noticeable. You might hear it in an open mesh case if it was sitting on the table and your video card was dead silent. In the Extreme mode the Vantage A.L.C. was still easy on the ears. It was definitely quieter than the fan I used on the Prolimatech Super Mega.
The only issue I encountered with the Vantage was installing it into the Cooler Master HAF 912 and the height of the radiator forced me to move one of my top mounted fans. This is more to do with the case rather than the cooler, but if you have a smallish size midtower or one that has the rear exhaust close to the top of the case, you may need to do some measuring to see if it will fit.
I was able to find the Vantage A.L.C. online for an average price of $105.99 shipped. That’s almost twice the price of the Vantage’s little sibling, the ECO A.L.C, but the Vantage has plenty of options and looks to perform nicely for a single radiator water cooling kit. The Vantage is also around $20 more than the Super Mega, but with the cost of a fan the Super Mega requires they are close to the same price.
Legit Bottom Line: The Vantage looks to be well made, runs nice and quiet, and at around the $100 mark with a 2 year warranty could give a user wanting to try water, but leery of building a custom loop, an option for less than a full-on custom water loop.