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CoolIT Domino ALC

Low Cost Liquid Cooling

The radiator is not particularly fine pitched, and CoolIT explained that the fan-radiator combination was investigated and matched together. The fan isn't particularly high pressure either, and both work together within the low cost price bracket it's design for.

The radiator is made of aluminium and, like all rads, the fins need to be treated gently to avoid damage. The radiator is made and branded by CoolIT, with a sealed fill hole in the middle and two barb places at either side. The tubing is really quite tough - certainly hard wearing and not prone to cutting or easily folding and requires a little strength to get it into the position you desire. Despite not using any kind of external tie, the seals over the ends of the barbs were consistently exceptionally good quality, cemented in position.

While tough tubing affords longevity, it also is prone to kinking at the ends and, if you don't follow the install instructions to the letter, we've found one instance of a cracked barb. We discussed this with CoolIT and it claimed that the kinking we observed did not hinder the performance of the low flow unit, and should serious restriction occur an alarm sounds to warn the end user anyway.

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The base comes with its own thermal paste pre-applied for a single application - CoolIT claims the paste is particularly tailored to the thermal specifics of the waterblock and can account for a 5°C difference "compared to other brands". Other high priced coolers, like the Notcua NH-U12P for example, often include a tube of thermal paste for at least a few applications (but that's not to say everyone does) and the single application will limit upgrading.

The LCD display has a blue backlight and shows off both pump speed, fan speed and coolant temperature in real time, with updates about every second. It also shows the current performance level selected and, when changed, this combined with beeps from the internal speaker allows the end user to know what current setting is applied (if the fan pitch and noise won't tell you anyway): one beep for low, two for medium, three for high.

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There's no option to turn off this internal speaker - a function that CoolIT says will always alert the end user to a problem immediately should the pump or fan have a problem. However, for more advanced users who demand peace and employ auto-shut downs or throttling on failure, or are rebooting their machine late at night and don't want to wake the family, the Domino ALC lacks customisation.

For the waterblock itself, it's similar to the low profile and low flow 50mm square Koolance block, which is a small and unelaborate block compared to more expensive solutions, although it is nicely chromed with soldered metal barbs (we think brass) that are impossible to bend or twist. Unfortunately, because we don't have a hacksaw in the office, we couldn't get into one to see the insides.