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CoolIT Demonstrates Maestro Wireless Fan Control

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Take control of your cooling solution without opening your case.

CoolIT Systems, the cooling company from Calgary, Alberta, demonstrated a Computex some of its new advanced liquid cooling (ALC) offerings that are now in production.

There are four products that CoolIT will be rolling out. At the high end is the ECO 240 ALC, which features a 240mm optimized radiator with a twin 120mm fan assembly powered and regulated by a single 12V motherboard header.  The fans can be configured in either a push or pull orientation according to the customer’s preference. A dual configuration is also offered in the Dual ECO 240 ALC for dual processor workstation and server platforms.

Suited for smaller systems is the ECO 80 ALC, which has an 80mm radiator and fan combination. Those looking for a little bit more can opt for the ECO 92 ALC with 92mm fan and radiator.

Each ECO cooling unit can be preset with profiles to suit various performance levels.

What we thought was most interesting was the Maestro wireless control system. It was present at CES but we got to see a more updated unit of it in action. Basically, the Maestro is an internal fan controller that's linked to an external USB dongle. Through software that interfaces with the USB dongle, you can wirelessly control as well as monitor fan speed and temperature, as well as control the operation of LED lights. The USB dongle's wireless range is limited, however, so don't count on being able to control your setup at home while you're away at the office.

The USB hardware and software can run on the system with the cooling hardware, or externally as well, allowing those with a secondary computer (such as a netbook) to be able to monitor and control internal cooling of a gaming machine at play.

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    darkguset , June 8, 2010 1:09 AM
    Cool! (pun intended)
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    Computerrock1 , June 8, 2010 1:28 AM
    Nice, now i can turn down the noise before I go to sleep!
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    HansVonOhain , June 8, 2010 2:02 AM
    It is not universal with anything else... meaning other fans are not going to be able to be controlled by wireless.
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    kelemvor4 , June 8, 2010 2:37 AM
    Like the coolers, but I think the wireless would have been better implemented as some sort of network based device.
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    zorky9 , June 8, 2010 2:40 AM
    i had a coolit pure which lasted 6 months before the pump sounded like a drowning cat. but the ECO 92 ALC looks like a good HTPC cooler. i'll give this brand one more shot.
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    dEAne , June 8, 2010 3:26 AM
    I hope this one work, for one thing some sounds like a broken bearing and doesn't cool the CPU at all.
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2010 4:34 AM
    woot, sabotaging at LAN parties just got easier wah ha ha ha ha ha
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    falchard , June 8, 2010 6:00 AM
    I heard this breaks easily and its construction is rather cheap.
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    fisshy , June 8, 2010 11:52 AM
    I hope they Have changed their Fans Cause' The ALC domino's Where HORRIFIC
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    hellscook , June 8, 2010 1:47 PM
    I bought both a CoolIt Freezone and a DDB (dual drive bay) cooler. Both failed miserably due to bad pumps. Great ideas and design, but poor pumps and not so great support about it.
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    figgus , June 8, 2010 2:10 PM
    I don't get it. What is so hard about turning a knob on the front of your PC case?

    This should have been better implemented with an internal USB header, or even an internal PCI card. Why bother with wireless? I don't need more dongles sticking out of my case, thanks.
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    poorya_user , June 26, 2010 7:03 AM
    figgusI don't get it. What is so hard about turning a knob on the front of your PC case?This should have been better implemented with an internal USB header, or even an internal PCI card. Why bother with wireless? I don't need more dongles sticking out of my case, thanks.

    First it can notify you the exact temperature , second you can adjust exact amount of temperature which you can not do it with your analog.But all of these depend on how much does it cost?
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    jowunger , July 21, 2010 7:31 AM
    funny, I use stock cooler for my quadcore Q6600 (2.4Ghz) clocked to 3.6Ghz and never run into trouble. If I see that big fan to cool the liquid, I can imagine that just that fan could cool the CPU.

    I also have Zahlman Reserator v1.0 which is much better then this cooling solution, but I not not even use that because stock cooler does the job!