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Cooler Express 2010/2011 CE-48-S-1C Review

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I just had a chance to run a Cooler Express 2010/2011 CE-48-S-1C Single Stage Phase cooing unit through it's paces and here is a little review on this unit.

I am a Phase Cooling nut case, I love these things and this unit surpassed my expectations.

Thanks to sdumper for all his help with this ! :up:

This is a new unit from Cooler Express and it has a much better load handling capability than earlier units. I am told it's new watt load rating is 280watts which is actually pretty close to my custom made Jinu unit so I had an idea on what to expect from the Cooler Express unit.

The unit was ordered and came right from Taipei Taiwan. Shipping was handled very well and it actually only took 2 days to get to my place in California. This is about as fast as Newegg products get to me so I was very pleased with that

Here is a picture of how the unit looks when I received it.
It's a very strong box with strapping for added reinforcement.
No damage what so ever on the box and it looked is very good shape.



Lets open up the box and see how it's packed inside.
Everything is neat, in order and packaged well.



Taking the unit out of the box and setting in the table you see it's shrink wrapped well.



Here it is after taking off all the wrapping. This unit looks very, very good :up:



Power switch and temp display on the front.



And the Evap



And the back of the unit.



I took off the side panel to show the insides, everyone what's to see what powers this unit I bet
The inside is spotless and very, very clean :up:



A nice size condenser is installed.



And of course the compressors which is a good unit I believe.



The accessory package is well supplied with everything you need. The instruction manual is very well done also.



The included evap clam shell is also a clear type which was a nice surprise. It looks very good.



The length of the suction line I though was going to be a issue, this unit is made for shorter ATX cases, but it fit perfectly with a little slack to spare in my build. I am told that if a longer suction line is needed this can be done.

Just a quick picture of what it looks like all mounted up to a CPU. Lots of wire clean up to do here still but this was for running tests.



For testing I had the unit mounted to a 980x @ 5.27ghz with 1.6vcore with HT on. It could handle everything I threw at it just fine with out a problem what so ever. wPrime long dropped temps down to -25c which was no problem, it also recovered very fast from that run and others. With this CPU overclock temps on the desktop was sitting at -39c.

Here is a short youtube of the unit showing pull down speed and operation.

http://www.youtube.com/user/BuckeyeV.../0/G1iN83LAD4g

The only thing that I could say about this unit is the condenser fan makes to much noise, but other than that the unit is extremely well done and powerful.

Cost of this unit is a little higher than custom built units, but what you get is well worth the investment imo.

Now a lot of units these days are built as benching unit which are much bigger, this unit is really built for 24/7 use but it can fill both roles very easily

I give the Cooler Express 2010/2011 CE-48-S-1C a 9/10 rating

A quieter condenser fan would give it a 10/10

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed reading this !
Edited by Buckeye - 1/13/11 at 12:51pm
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Glad you like it
Btw we can tune the sound level on the fan lower if its too loud.
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i wish they made these units a bit more affordable, im looking for something in the 24/7 use topic that wont break the bank too hard, but i think its not easy to find a reliable and easy to use unit (as im a p/c newb)... looks very good tho from what you wrote there about the 1.6v core on the 980x
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a quick question: with that kind of cooling, do you need to worry about condensation??
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Looks like it performs very well - how much did it cost you mate?
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Originally Posted by un-nefer View Post
Looks like it performs very well - how much did it cost you mate?
My guess is at least $1, maybe more.

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lol to bad i dumped all my money on wc i probly coulda came close to getting one of these looks good.
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