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Product(s): CoolIT Freezone CPU Cooler
Provided By: CoolIT Systems

Price: ~$399.99 USD (Coolitsystems.com)

 

Introduction: 

CoolIT is quickly becoming known as one of the most extreme and high end cooling solution providers. They are now providing cooling solutions to big name companies such as Dell, Alienware, Hypersonic, Shuttle, Biohazard and Asus, quite an impressive line of customers.


Their previous high-end cooler was the Eliminator, (which we reviewed here), but we are going to take a look at the newest cooling offering from CoolIT, The Freezone. The Eliminator features a 3-TEC (Peltiers) Cooler that has a heat output of 125 Watts, while the new Freezone is a 6-TEC cooler that has a heat output of 175 Watts. There are other differences (Eliminator  has a max draw of 40 Watts of power, Freezone has a max draw of 56 Watts of Power), but we will take a look at these differences later on in the review, but basically it comes down to the fact that the new CPU's such as the Quad-Core from Intel are producing much more heat, and the Freezone is designed to handle that heat as well as give you the ability to overclock more than a normal air-cooling or even water-cooling solution would.

 

When you first look at the Freezone it looks like your self-contained watercooling setup, however its actually a "water chiller", and uses "environmentally friendly coolant" to quickly remove heat more effectively than air or water can, all without any risk of condensation. All this comes pre-assembled and installs easily inside of your case, so there is no need to have hoses running out the back of your pc like with traditional watercooling solutions. The Freezone is also completely maintenance free so you will never have to worry about your fluid levels, you can just install the Freezone and forget about it.

We will also be revisiting this review later on when the new MTEC control center module is available, but if you want a sneak peek at what its all about, head on over to the CoolIT page for more info.

 

Test System:

 

 

 

First Impressions and Installation:

Well the first thing you see is the box and packaging, which is very sturdy, and should have no problems standing up to the mail system.

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Front of Box
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Back of Box

 

After you get the box open, you quickly realize this is quite an extreme looking cooling setup. Everything is ready to install and you won't need to do any setup with the cooler itself, all you need to do is mount the main unit and adjust the CPU heatsink to the motherboard and your ready to go. There are quite a few extra bags of parts included which at first make you think you're going to have to assemble them, however they are all clearly labeled for each socket, so really you're never going to open most of them, just put them back in the box for safekeeping.

 

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Top of Cooler
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Bottom of Cooler

 

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Side of Cooler
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Fan (w/120mm Fan Adaptor)

 

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CPU Heatsink
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TCM (Thermal Control Module)

 

So now onto the installation, which at first glance looks like it might be a challenge. Well, it's not all that challenging at all, in fact it's pretty easy to get all installed.

 

As you can see in the pictures I have installed the Freezone into a Thermaltake Tsunami case, which featured a 120mm fan which I removed to make room for the Freezone (I had to use the included 120 to 92 mm fan adapter), once I had removed the fan the main chassis of the Freezone easily fit into the case and that pretty much finished installation. The CPU heatsink was pretty simple to use thanks to the enclosed hardware that was included, unfortunately you will have to remove the mainboard in order to get the CPU heatsink installed.

In the end installation took about 30 minutes, thanks to having to remove the mainboard and the 120mm fan in the Thermaltake case, overall installation was pretty straightforward and I never ran into any major issues.

One thing to note is that this is a rather large CPU cooling solution, and your going to want to make sure that it will fit into your case before you go out and get one of your own. I tried to see if installation was possible in another case I had on the bench (Zalman HD160XT - Reviewed Here), unfortunately the Zalman was not able to handle the Freezone, but I wasn't all that surprised since the Zalman is a HTPC case, but the point is your going to want to make sure you have a 92mm or 120mm fan in the rear of your case, otherwise you are going to be out of luck.

 

 

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Main Module Installed
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CPU Heatsink Installed

 

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Cooler Installed
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Cooler Installed (2)

 

As you can see in the pictures the unit is quite large, but easily fits into most cases. Its not the most flashy looking cooler, but it does the trick and looks decent enough.