CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler

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CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler
Specifications
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Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Product(s): CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler
Provided By: CoolIT Systems

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Introduction: 

A few months we took a look at the CoolIT ECO A.L.C cooler (you can read our full review of the ECO here) and in our testing it fared very well. Today we are going to take a look at the Vantage A.L.C. cooler from CoolIT that was released at the same time as the ECO and has a few more advance (and shiny) features.

Given CoolIT's previous track record, the Vantage should be a great cooler. The Vantage has a built-in LCD screen right on the heatsink itself so for someone with a window in the side of their case this cooler would look pretty cool.

Let's take a closer look at some of the pictures so you can get a better idea of what the Vantage is all about.

 

First Impressions:

In this section I'll let the pictures do the majority of the talking about the CoolIT Vantage. The design of the Vantage is similar to the ECO, however the addition of the LCD screen really sets them apart.

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CoolIT Vantage - Packaging
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CoolIT Vantage - Mounting Brackets and Manual

If you compare the Vantage to the ECO (which we reviewed here), you'll see that the radiator part of the cooler is identical. The mounting brackets are also identical between the two coolers (which is good news because the ECO was nice and easy to install thanks to the new mounting brackets from CoolIT).
 

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CoolIT Vantage - Radiator
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CoolIT Vantage - Radiator
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CoolIT Vantage - Heatsink
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CoolIT Vantage - Heatsink

 

As you can see in the next set of pictures (left), the LCD screen and control buttons are located directly on the heatsink itself.

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CoolIT Vantage - Heatsink
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CoolIT Vantage - Radiator

As mentioned before the LCD is able to be changed to 6 different colors (Blue, Red, Amber, Purple, Green, and White). You can also turn the backlight off if you won't want your CPU glowing 24/7.

As you can see below (left), the default screen on the Vantage tells you your fan speed (837 rpm in the picture below), pump speed (2140 rpm in the picture below) and coolant temperature (26.1 in the picture below). Naturally the coolant temperature is going to be a bit cooler that your actually CPU temperature, however you should be able to get a good estimate if your system is running hotter than normal.

In the next few pictures I'll show off the different colors that you can choose from for the LCD color.

 

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CoolIT Vantage - Temperatures
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CoolIT Vantage - Red
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CoolIT Vantage - White
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CoolIT Vantage - Amber
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CoolIT Vantage - Purple
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CoolIT Vantage - Green

I've also included a picture of the main menu where you can access all the options as well as a picture of the display being shifted 90 degrees. You can rotate the display so that regardless how you mount the heatsink you can have you menus and temperatures aren't upside down.

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CoolIT Vantage - Main Menu
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CoolIT Vantage - Display Rotated 90 Degrees


There we go, that's what the Vantage is all about, in the next sections we'll look a little closer at the specifications of the Vantage as well as get it all installed into our case.