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Been thinking about water cooling? The CoolIT Domino ALC is an inexpensive way to get some of the benefits of water cooling in a small, well designed package. We found the Domino a joy to work with, easy to install and easier to use. We loved the on the fly adjustment of its operating mode at the push of a button, and we also loved it's performance compared to a very expensive Zalman Resorator water cooler and the Intel stock cooler. It's certainly a great value. It's also maintenance free, arriving preloaded with coolant, so no messy top off or water storage needed in your rig. We've left the Domino running 24/7 and it's handled the cooling chores with no problems.
All is not roses, however, because the Domino can't quite reach the top tier of cooling performance. It's not a bad cooler at all, and for the price, it's actually a very good one. But we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the Zalman CNPS9900LED outperformed the Domino in our test rig. Where the Zalman and the Domino are equal is in the noise department - at full bore you'll be well aware both of them are operating. Another problem is the inability to install our side panel on our test rig - definitely not a big deal since we're always changing things out anyway, but still a concern.
Should you buy one? If you want an easy to install water cooler and especially if you're running a stock Intel HSF unit, the Domino is a great buy. It's well worth $79 and performs well. However, if you're really looking to push the envelope and desire maximum cooling power, you may want to look elsewhere.
Other Reviews of Note
It's always nice to have more than one opinion on a component before you spend your hard earned money. For one, we may see something others missed, or vice versa. As with all reviews published at HardwareLogic, we'll not only give you our recommendation, but also point out reviews from some other great sites around the web.