Coolit Domino A.L.C. DM-1000 CPU Cooler

Test Results

CPU Test Results
 
Our first batch of results come form the real world CPU tests. The temperatures were taken at Idle and load conditions and at stock and overclocked states. The overclock used was 3.6ghz @ 1.4v.
 
 
As you can see the Domino's quiet mode was letting things get a little toasty. There was a massive difference in the stock and overclocked states with this cooler, as you can see from the graph the loaded stock result matched the idle overclocked state! That being said though, only the overclocked load state was really  concerning. Letting a chip reach 72°C on a daily basis may not be in it's best interests.
 
 
Moving up to the balanced mode. The temperatures start to look a bit more promising. Dragging the loaded overclocked temperature down by 4°C to a more acceptable level. A slightly lesser drop on the stock idle and overclocked load temperatures, coming in at 3° cooler, but still neck and neck. Then lastly only a 1°C drop off the stock idle temperature.
 
 
The last graph for the CPU tests shows us the temperatures for the Domino's performance mode. Here temperatures are really looking quite appealing. It managed to hold the hottest of the settings to only 2°C above 60°. Also this was the only setting at which the overclocked idle state didn't match the loaded stock. Lastly the coolest setting, stock idle, was given to be nearly the same as the ambeint temperature, which is quite impressive.
 
 
Simulated Load Test
 
For the simulated load tests the coolit was run at it's highest setting, to keep it on par with the other coolers tested who had their fans run at full whack. The points of 50, 100, 150 and 200 watts were used and ambient temperature throughout testing was 20°C (+/- 0.5°C).
 
 
These results speak for themselves. The Domino running at full has outperformed everything tested so far on the load simulator by a good margin. the most impressive being under 50°C on the 200w test.
 
 
Noise
 
Now this department is a little trickier than the temperatures. It's easy to say if a HSF running it quiet or not, but the Domino having 3 different performance levels complicates things a little. So, as a result, I'll attempt to describe the noise levels at each setting, starting with the highest. This is plain loud. The fan and pump both running at full speed kick up a nasty racket and if your concerned about the noise of a cooler at all you wouldn't want this running 24/7. The middle setting was alot more tolerable than the high, with the fan slowed the unit became much quieter compared to the high. This setting could be used 24/7 if you didn't mind a little background noise. Lastly the lowest setting was really quiet quiet. In comparison to the high setting it was a whisper, but the gap from medium to low was smaller than high to medium. It wasn't silent, but the low setting was quiet enough to be used comfortably in a 24/7 environment. The question then raised is do you want to sacrifice the temperatures for the noise?
 
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02-07-2009, 14:48:10

JN
"Looking for something a little different to keep you CPU cool? Take a look inside to see if Coolit's Domino A.L.C. will fit the bill..."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...191347175s.jpg

Coolit Domino A.L.C. DM-1000 CPU Cooler

02-07-2009, 15:10:36

Rastalovich
Great review.

I'm taking note that 1stly the price isn't as scary as some of the predecessors of these kind of units. Installation looks a cinch. Noises are an obvious concern . And they throw in an led panel.. which surprises me when they're sticking to 75+ (roughly the price of 2x competitor air coolers ?)

I said these things were going to get better and better, and it would be foolish to simply laugh them off when they 1st appeared. Thing we gotta bear in mind is even this unit is going to be improved on.

Let's say they change the pump, fluid and fan in the future, whilst doing a deal with a company regarding prices. Ham loses the irritating noises on the Version2 and the temps are a little better.. think we'd be that much more impressed.

Good stuff. Not quite there for me, but it's great to see how far these units have come, and hope they grab a little more respect. Even so, I'd not mock any1 wishing to buy this model to try it, I'd be eager to go look at it myself.

03-07-2009, 06:13:34

uchihas
I think it has a really great price. You get a fully built water cooler for a little more of the price of an IFX-14.

It's not the best, but it's the cheapest one, you can't demand the same to this than to a 500 water cooling solution.

It's a good way for people who want to try water cooling but don't have patience to build or don't have money.

03-07-2009, 06:39:09

themcman1
At least it's not completely awful.

I don't think many people on here would go for it though.

03-07-2009, 08:20:42

Datamonkey
Nice review,

Looks ideal for someone who wants to try out water cooling, wouldnt expect an enthusiast to buy one.

hmmm wonder if it could be modded to cool a graphics card

Saying that current gpu's throw out more heat than cpu's at the moment.

06-07-2009, 04:39:54

mayhem
still have my doubt. the type of people fitting this wont have much of a clue about water cooling and to be honest it would surprise me if they got the temps you did inside a case.

Yup the price is cheap when comparing to other water cooling solution but would the price be worth it over air cooling not really. id say middle of the road but defiantly not a buy for me and would not recommend to any way.

I wonder though if you cut the pipes off, and put in you own pump and tubing and changed the compound to some thing decent would this improve the over all temps ...

call it modding a moders peace of kit lol.

The only problem i have as well is how accurate is the lcd.

Another thing im seeing plenty of reviews of this product and its being talk about , But what about there next version up the one that uses Tec's to cool the system and all so have Software controlled monitoring and adjustments ... There doesn't seem to be much info about that on the net or any reviews.

06-07-2009, 05:09:25

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='mayhem'

Yup the price is cheap when comparing to other water cooling solution but would the price be worth it over air cooling not really. id say middle of the road but defiantly not a buy for me and would not recommend to any way.
Once place I thought that this could definitely come in useful is in a PC that is regularly moved around (like a LAN rig). Rather than having a big heavy cooler bending your motherboard out of shape in the boot of your car, this probably puts little/no stress on the socket at all

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='mayhem'

Another thing im seeing plenty of reviews of this product and its being talk about , But what about there next version up the one that uses Tec's to cool the system and all so have Software controlled monitoring and adjustments ... There doesn't seem to be much info about that on the net or any reviews.
This the one you mean: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/cases_cooling/coolit_freezone_elite_cpu_cooler/1 ?

06-07-2009, 05:13:49

mayhem
LOl thks jim yeh that's the one ... didnt see that.

06-07-2009, 05:20:24

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='mayhem'
LOl thks jim yeh that's the one ... didnt see that.
Its weird because the Elite has been around donkey's years, but I think there's a slightly modified version on its way out soon that addresses some of the 'issues' of the original. I do believe we're on the cards for a look at the new one too, so watch this space

16-10-2009, 11:54:57

harrydavidson
Great review, I will def choose this over the Corsair when i get paid at the end of the month!

16-10-2009, 14:22:19

Motoman
These systems are for very basic beginer's into water cooling arena, if you have a hot running cpu I would doubt you get temps that are good enough to use it. But they are a begining into water cooling and have thier place.

17-10-2009, 01:44:50

Socks
horrible things.....

might as well stick to air cooling if buying one of these...
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