CoolIT Freezone Elite v2
The CoolIT Elite v2 is indeed an improvement upon its predecessor, though the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary. The most significant physical difference is the new pump which runs far quieter and occupies less bulk. What impressed us the most, though, is the MTEC software, as it’s easy to use and the interface is robust for the user. Just a few simple steps and you can have the cooler working efficiently to suit your individual preferences.
The thermal monitoring software is very accurate as well; we compared its readings to CoreTemp and Everest and it’s within about 1°C. Furthermore, with the MTEC you will be able to control the fan speeds according to the TEC power level. We could barely hear the fan noise when it’s running under 50% power. However, it’s very loud when running at full load or gaming if you have your Core i7 overclocked above 3.6GHz, but if you’re a hardcore gamer then you’re probably wearing a headset or crank up the 5.1 speakers to full blast and won’t hear the fan anyways.
When it comes to performance, the results are not as jaw-dropping as a true water cooling enthusiast is looking for, but the Freezone Elite isn’t aiming to shoot for sub-ambient load temperature. The Elite falls short when dealing with a very highly overclocked CPU because it will reach its maximum cooling capacity. TEC cooling is far more efficient when it has powerful cooling modules at low voltage and the amount of heat can be removed from the “Hot side” of the Peltier; otherwise, it will have two sources of heat to dissipate, one coming from the CPU and the second is from the TEC itself.
But the CoolIT Elite v2 is designed to offer enthusiast performance while aiming at the mainstream market. Expecting it to be something it’s not is probably the foremost retort to water cooling enthusiasts who scoff at TEC technology and the Elite itself. This unit operates extremely well within a certain set of parameters, and beyond up to a point, but the primary draw is it’s a hassle-free hybrid water cooler which doesn’t require any custom setups or specialized knowledge, in a rather robust and self-contained package.
That convenience does come with a premium price, however, as the Freezone Elite v2 retails for about $325. It is not inexpensive, but it is comparable to a custom water cooling setup, and without the specialized knowledge required. Sure it comes with a premium, but users looking for convenience rarely get that option on the cheap. The Freezone Elite v2 will still beat any average water cooling kit, provided you’re not looking to break any speed records on your CPU. At that point, the Freezone Elite isn’t designed for that kind of heat load and you should look at the CoolIT Boreas instead if you want thermoelectric cooling. As it stands though, the CoolIT Freezone Elite v2 is a very nice revision of a smart piece of technology that looks to bring great performance to the mainstream market.
CoolIT Freezone Elite v2