CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler


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



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.

CoolIT Vantage - Packaging
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).

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

CoolIT Vantage - Heatsink
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.


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

CoolIT Vantage - Main Menu
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.




CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler Specifications:


All specifications taken from



A Revolutionary Leap in Design that Delivers Industry Leading Reliability, Performance and Value

Vantage ALC provides an elegantly engineered cooling solution with an advanced control system that monitors temperature and auto-regulates the fan to ensure the highest degree of efficiency and minimum acoustic noise with continuous protection of the CPU.

The innovative LCD screen enables user-selectable control profiles with a display capable of 6 colors and 4 orientation settings.

The Vantage A.L.C. provides superior performance and industry leading reliability with a feature set unparalleled by any single cooling product on the market.

The Vantage ALC is upgradable with CoolIT's Maestro software control platform, coming Summer 2010, that offers features thus far unseen in the PC market.


Detailed Specifications:

CoolIT CPU FHE (Fluid Heat Exchanger)
Copper Micro-Channel

Universal Retention System
Out of the box support provided
for Intel 775, 1156, 1366 and
AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 sockets.

CoolIT Pump
Quiet, compact, long life Ceramic bearing CFF1 pump
Life Cycle: 50,000 Hours MTTF

CoolIT Coolant
CoolIT Systems low toxicity with anticorrosion/anti fungal additives

CoolIT Radiator
Custom engineered for low noise high heat dissipation

CoolIT Fan
High reliability, Quiet 12V
Speed: 1100 - 2,500 RPM (low to high regulation)

CoolIT CPU Thermal Grease
CoolIT Systems Pro A.T.C. (Advanced Thermal Compound)

Operations Modes (User Selectable)
Three cooling performance modes quiet, performance, and full.

CoolIT 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty




CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler - Testing and Installation:

One of the things we liked about the CoolIT ECO that we reviewed was the ease of installation, the Vantage is the same. Installation of the two coolers was pretty much identical and I can't really see any potential issues with installation.

Just like the ECO, you're going to want to make sure you have enough room to get the radiator mounted at the rear of your case. As you can see in the next few pictures our NZXT Phantom test case didn't have enough room and we ended up having the radiator interfere with the top fan. We were able to install the radiator but weren't able to use the top fan which isn't the end of the world in this particular case but just make sure you measure to avoid surprises (also remember that our case was a Full Tower case so one would have assumed that we'd be ok).


CoolIT Vantage - Radiator Interfering with Top Fan
CoolIT Vantage - Installed

Other than the lack of room between the radiator and the top fan we had absolutely no other issues with the installations. Compared to other water cooling setups in the past the ECO and Vantage from CoolIT are two of the easiest setups I've ever installed.


CoolIT Vantage - Installed
CoolIT Vantage - Installed

That's about it for the installation section for the CoolIT Vantage, everything was nice and simple and it made installation a breeze.




CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU Cooler - Testing:



For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System:


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Right off the bat we'll test the Vantage on the highest settings "Extreme". As you can see from the chart it scored very well and anytime we can run our hot Intel i7 CPU in the low 50's we're quite happy.


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Dropping our settings down to "Performance" see's the performance drop by about 3 degrees. In our testing we didn't really hear much of a sound reduction (cooler is still quiet in both) so chances are good that this middle setting probably won't get used all that much, I'd bet that most people are going for either "Extreme" or "Quiet" (I recommend "Extreme").


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And finally we look at how the Vantage does when set to low or as they call it "Quiet". The performance jumps almost 7 degrees from "Extreme" but still 57.25 is respectable and for the lack of noise (even though the other settings aren't really noticeably louder) this could be a great choice for people who want a silent computing experience.



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As you can see in the final chart where we compare the Vantage to all the other coolers we've testing on our i7 testing platform, the Vantage was able to hold its own and is able come in 2nd place. The cooler that was able to edge it out (Noctua NH-D14) is almost just as expensive as the Vantage so value-wise you are still doing pretty well with the Vantage.

So there we have it, testing is complete, let's move onto the final section of this review.




Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler Final Thoughts:

When we reviewed the ECO from CoolIT a few months ago we were very happy with the overall performance, the same is also true with the Vantage. While the Vantage is more expensive than the ECO (Vantage can be found online for ~$99.99 and the ECO ~$69.99 at time of publishing) but the Vantage also offers a bunch more features. The built-in LCD panel and controls make the Vantage pretty unique and give it a "Wow" factor that is really unmatched by any other cooler available. Chances are good though if you don't have a window in your case you probably would be more interested in the ECO as the performance isn't that much better (not to justify the extra ~$30 bucks MSRP just for performance).

The controls that are built into the heatsink are pretty handy to be able to quickly adjust your temperature (and noise) settings, however just remember that anytime you want to change your settings you'll have to remove the side panel from your case to do so. This might be a bit of an issue if the noise between the three settings (extreme, performance and quiet) were much different, but we found in our testing that even at "Extreme" the noise level was much quieter than other system noise and chances are good I'd leave it set on "Extreme" and leave it on that setting forever.


The color changeable LCD screen is also a nice touch for someone who already has lights in their case and wants their cooler's colors to match. The ability to also turn the LCD display to "Off" is a nice touch as not everyone wants their computer to be glowing 24/7.

The only real issue with the Vantage that we found was the fact that it didn't fit so well in our case. We tried to install the Vantage in to the NZXT Phantom full tower case that we recently reviewed (our full review can be found here) and we ran into "space" issues with the radiator that would have required us to remove the top fan in the case in order to get the Vantage to fully fit properly. As we also recommended with the ECO, make sure you do a bit of measuring first to make sure that the radiator is going to fit in your case and you'll save yourself a bunch of hassle in the long run.

At the end of the day the Vantage is a pretty sweet cooler. The performance is right up there with the top coolers we've tested and the Vantage is able to achieve those numbers while still remaining nice and quiet. Thanks to the good performance and noise reduction the Vantage offers we've awarded the Vantage our "Editor's Choice - Gold" award.



  • Good Performance
  • Simple Installation
  • No Maintenance Required
  • Customizable
  • Very Cool Design



  • Might be a tight fit in some cases, be sure your case has room for the radiator!





I'd like to thank CoolIT for sending us the Vantage. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.