Taking a closer look at the cooler itself, at first glance it looks unlike any other cooler I�ve seen; it looks like a very complicated device from the future or something.I liked how CoolIT decided to integrate everything into a single package that comes pre-assembled and pre-tested.The coolant lines connected to the peltiers run outside the radiator/pump chamber, which is attached to a large 92mm fan.Note that the Eliminator has 3 peltiers as opposed to 6 on the Freezone, which is the main difference between the two from a capacity standpoint (more peltiers equal more heat drawn away from the CPU).
The waterblock itself is made out of copper and comes with thermal grease already installed; the grease that CoolIT uses is more viscous/sticky than any other grease I�ve ever seen.During installation, I had a chance to examine the waterblock surface more closely; it�s a smooth, polished surface as to be expected for a high quality cooler.
The electronics/fan speed controller is mounted on one end of the cooler opposite the fan.No need to mount it to a different location unlike the Freezone.There are three settings (high-medium-low) which offers the user the option of extra performance or quieter operations.The cooler is powered by a 4-pin peripheral connector (like the one used on a DVD burner), which is different than most CPU coolers that use a 3-pin connector.Probably due to the higher power demands of the unit.
When it comes to installing the Eliminator, I had high expectations that it would be a simple install, despite the fact that the sample didn�t come with instructions.However, I download installation instructions for the Freezone cooler from the CoolIT website and also watched the attractive female associate install one quickly in the video on the site.
Unfortunately, installing the Eliminator turned out to be more of a chore than I had expected.Installation starts out easy; simply remove the previously-installed cooler and install two standoffs to the motherboard.
But the difficult part for me was installing the waterblock onto the CPU while finding a resting place for the rest of the unit- the cooling lines service loop was a little to short (let�s just say installation is easier with 2 sets of hands).To further complicate things, I had a tough time getting the two wire brackets that anchor the block to the motherboard into their slot on top of the block- this is where my hands got all sticky from the pre-installed thermal grease.I think CoolIT designers should consider examining the installation methods of some of their competitors and look at improving the installation process.
Once I finally got the waterblock secured, installing the rest of the cooler unit onto the case is easy, using the existing location for the 120mm case fan.Note that the cooler sits flush with the edge of the case, which might pose clearance issues with any external fan on the outside of the case opposite the cooler.After plugging in the power and turning on the computer, the soft blue LED illuminates, which is a nice touch indicating the unit is powered.
From a noise perspective, I thought that the Eliminator at low speeds was indeed quieter than a typical air-cooled cooler and definitely on-par with other liquid cooling units.There are some faint liquid pump noises as well as the noise from the fan, but they aren�t louder than other components such as the power supply.At high fan speeds, the cooler is significantly louder, almost as loud as an air cooler at high speeds.While I�m not super sensitive to computer sounds, the noise level at high speeds is probably too loud if you are going for quieter operations.