The experts of PC cooling over at CoolIT have introduced four new products today, just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show.
First off, we have the ECO A.L.C CPU cooler. This product is aimed to strike a good balance between price and performance. The pump, radiator and water block require almost no maintenance, are easy to install, quiet, and offer great cooling performance. And selling for only $74.99, this is actually less expensive that high-end air coolers that I have purchased before, such as a Noctua NH-D14. "We're extremely confident the ECO will best any air or water cooling solution in performance and price" says CoolIT.
Second, we have the VANTAGE. This is the next step up from the ECO, and is the world's first "wireless-ready" A.L.C CPU cooler, from CoolIT Systems. The unit has a programmable 84 x 48 LCD screen, and a 2.4GHz wireless communication module. Using the USB wireless controller, you can control the VANTAGE from your desktop -- monitor temperatures, change fan speeds, that sort of thing. How cool is that? We think very cool. The big catch is you need the Maestro program though, listed below. The VANTAGE is is coming in February and sells for $125.00 USD.
Then third, we have the OMNI. This is a full-card covering liquid cooling option for video cards. "Traditionally GPU liquid cooling is expensive, complicated and adopted by only the most technical audience" says CoolIT. "The GPU however is now one of the most power hungry and hottest components you'll find in a high-end PC and will potentially benefit from advanced liquid cooling even more than CPUs".
The OMNI is designed to fit a very wide range of video cards, so it is hoped that you can keep the cooler as you eventually upgrade your GPU. OMNI also features the wireless "ESP" technology such as shown in the VANTAGE, which works with the Maestro (below), which allows for cooling control without having to get your hands dirty in your machine. There are two versions of this product: one with a 120mm radiator, and one with a 240mm radiator. Pricing hasn't been pinned down yet.
Lastly, we have the Maestro. This is the hardware and software package that allows for the wireless control. The Maestro works with all ESP branded CoolIT products (listed above), in addition to being able to control up to three fans, water pumps, or related devices, which derive power from your motherboards 3 or 4 pin header. This flexibility should allow for some great ideas and mods to spring forth for alternate uses, from the hardware enthusiast community.
Maestro works with Windows XP, Vista, or 7, and comes with a "ESP Control Node", a USB wireless controller, an external temperature sensor, and a strip of customizable 9 RGB LEDs capable of changing any one of 16 million possible hues.
"The capabilities offered with the Maestro hardware and software package go beyond those of competing fan speed controllers and lighting kits. With the ESP platform and it's simple zone based control wizard, the enthusiast can easily have dynamic lighting and acoustic profiles defined for gaming, media or work along with the added confidence that their PC's thermal status is being monitored at all times" said CoolIT.
The Maestro will be in stores shortly and will sell for $90 USD. Though it may be out of reach for most users, for the folks who want to make a high-end rig with wireless-controllable lights, fans and other doodads, the Maestro should be able to bring some interesting options to the table.