CoolIT Eliminator – Installation
The installation of the water block requires that you remove the motherboard outside the case so you can install the stand offs which correspond with your platform. You’ll need to look in the manual to know which stand offs and which clips to use, the rest is pretty straight forward.
You lay your case on its side and (re)install the motherboard with the stand offs:
Then you put the Eliminator on the HDD bays or PSU area and place the CPU block on the CPU, make sure to test fit the block to see where the water tubes are going once you move the Eliminator unit, to prevent too many unnecessary bends.
The thumbscrews make the installation very straight forward. Next you screw the Eliminator tight inside the case using 120mm fan mounting holes found at the rear of most modern cases:
Once installed the Eliminator lines up nicely with the side panel:
If you don’t have a window in your side panel you’ll miss out on this cool blue LED logo were you see the water in the small reservoir bubble
If your side panel features a fan or handle you might run into problems getting the panel to fit correctly and you’ll have to improvise a bit.CoolIT Eliminator – Performance
We stressed the system for several hours and logged the CPU temperatures while changing the Eliminator’s performance settings, going from Medium to High to Low we get the following result chart:
(1) At the Medium setting the CPU reaches a maximum of 58°C, the wall outlet is reading 177W total usage, that’s 39W more compared to using the Intel stock air cooling.
(2) At High setting the temperature drops to 50°C, the TEC units are being fed more juice and the exhaust fan is spinning faster, total system usage is now at 184W, at 46W we’re not at the theoretical maximum of 56W.
(3) The Low setting made the unit quite silent, with the fan speed dropping a lot, but this results in overheating at 74°C we decided to end the test as the temperature was still rising. Total power usage was only 162W, still 24W more than air cooled.
Onto the big brother, the Freezone ->