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

Installation and Test Setup

For testing the Coolit Domino was installed into a system comprising of the following components:
Intel Xeon 3070 (Stock & 3.6Ghz, 1.4v)
DFI DK P45 TR2S Plus
2GB Crucial Balistix
Here I would normally outline the procedure of installing the cooler under the spotlight today, but this time around coolit have out done my simple words with an instructional video!
There really isn't much more to installing the Domino into your case, it's ridiculously easy. Coolit certainly have hit the nail on the head in this department. Something they missed out of the video, that is mentioned in the instruction manual, however, is the idea of using a little bit of tape to hold the back plate on. A mindbogglingly simple addition that can solve the only slightly tricky bit of the installation.
I said on the previous page I'd report on how the rubber mounts worked out during installation, and I can report they were quite good once they were in and secure. A little bit of vibration dampening which was a welcome factor and they weren't going to fall out any time soon. However during the installation, pulling the through the holes wasn't so simple. They had a tendency to stretch a rather long way before actually clipping in. I wasn't willing to find out how far they'd stretch before they break, but I'd advise anyone installing one of these to take care.
Another thing I mentioned on the previous page was the LCD. This certainly did do it's job, displaying a few useful statistics about the cooler without going OTT.
Test Methodology
The first test conducted was the tried and tested 'strap the cooler to a chip and see how it fairs' method. The Domino was tested using a Xeon 3070 mentioned above, in both stock and overclocked states. The system was left to undisturbed for 30mins after boot and the temperature then recorded for the idle reading. This was followed by a 30 minute Prime95 romp to take the loaded reading. Ambient throughout was 20° (+/- 0.5°). The test was then repeated 3 times using each of the Domino's performance modes.
The next test conducted was a simulated load test. The cooler was set to work finding it's equilibrium temperature when exposed to the heat generated by a certain amount of power. The cooler was tested at points of 50w, 100w, 150w and 200w to see how it would cope under various levels. Once again ambient was 20° (+/- 0.5°). The test was performed using a custom built load tester. This device uses two 200w cartridge heaters to warm up a small block of copper, allowing a flat surface for the heat sink being tested to be mounted on. The majority of the block is then insulated to minimise heat escaping via anything other than the side that the sink is mounted in. The heat dissipated by the twin cartridges is regulated via a variac, and the power between the variac and the cartridges is measured to ensure that the correct amount of power is being drawn. The temperature of the block is taken via a digital thermometer and k-type probe, from a small hole drilled into the copper between the two cartridges.
The noise levels emitted from the cooler are extremely hard to asitane without some very expensive equipment, therefore you will have to rely on my fair ear for judgement in this department.
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Most Recent Comments

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

03-07-2009, 06:39:09

At least it's not completely awful.

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

03-07-2009, 08:20:42

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.Quote

06-07-2009, 04:39:54

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.Quote

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