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Compatibility and Installation

The new liquid-cooling system is designed for AMD Socket 754/939/940/AM2(+)/AM3 mainboards as well as for Intel LGA775 and LGA1366 mainboards. The latter use screw fastening that goes through the PCB to the backplate already pre-glued to the reverse side of the PCB. LGA775/1366 use the same retention plate for the water block. The only difference is the retention holes corresponding to each specific socket type:

The water block installs onto mainboards for AMD CPUs in exactly the same manner, but with different retention plate and screw set (both are included with the cooler).

For successful installation of the CoolIT Domino A.L.C. system onto the back of the system case, there should be a spot for a 120-mm fan on it. This is where the four silicon spindles of the CoolIT fan should go:

 

Although they may look pretty weak to you, they hold the system very securely. Moreover, this soft retention shifts the sound pressure spectrum into a more acoustically comfortable zone than the hard retention would.

The most interesting thing is that this entire system receives power through a single three-pin fan connector on the board. It doesn’t require any additional molex-connectors, power supply units or adapters. The specifications claim that the pump power consumption shouldn’t exceed 8W, plus some power goes to the fan, LCD-screen and PCB. Anyway, this power consumption rate claimed for CoolIT Domino A.L.C. is extremely modest.

When you connect and start the system, the following info will be displayed on the screen: liquid-cooling system operational mode, fan rotation speed, pumping speed (always constant), coolant temperature, warning indicator.

And this is what you see on the LCD screen in all three operational modes:


Min fan rotation speed


Mid fan rotation speed


Max fan rotation speed

The only thing that we haven’t figured out is the temperature threshold at which the alarm goes off. It never happened during our test session and there is no mention of it in the manual. I would like to add that you need to have a transparent side panel in your system case or no side panel at all in order to be able to monitor the system parameters.

 
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