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.
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?
Flip the page to see the conclusion for the Domino...
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Most Recent Comments

02-07-2009, 14:48:10

"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..."

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

02-07-2009, 15:10:36

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.Quote

03-07-2009, 06:13:34

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.Quote

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