The regular 2CoolPC is suited best for normal mid towers, while the Plus and Turbo models work best on full tower servers. Included within the package is a one sheet copy of the instructions.
To differentiate which unit is which, they are labeled respectively : ) Each fan is tailed already with a pass through molex connector. These can go right through to a power supply connector on your system and power other devices at the same time.
Installation takes literally, 5 minutes. It involves placing the unit inside your case, plugging the power connector and turning on your computer. One thing I did notice when installing this, was that if you did have a front intake fan. This unit works even better because of the air being drawn in from the front case fan. For our testing purposes though, we will turn off all of our fans except for our front intake and rear exhaust. This helps to create a more stable testing environment where a direct air flow is coming in from the front and exiting out the back.
Our test system will be the following:
- Antec KS188 Full Tower (300W PSU)
- Intel P3 700 @ 1022mhz w/ Alpha P3125
- Crucial 3 X 128mb PC133 CL2 Ram
- Asus GF DDR 32mb V6800 (120 Core/ 301 Mem)
- WD 27GB ata/66 HD
- IBM 13GB ata/66 HD
- Seagate 30GB ata/66 HD
- Ricoh 6X4X24 SCSI CDRW
- Hitachi 6X DVD Rom
There is a note on the box and on their site that most of Compaq and Dell built systems will not be able to use the 2CoolPC cooling system. Most likely due to the small nature of their cases, but 2CoolPC is currently working on a solution to that.
Small round velcro pads are also provided to secure the unit down inside your case. If you don't plan on moving your case much, this probably won't be used much.
To get a good understanding of the installation process, here is a video created by the folks at South Bay Engineering. As mentioned before, this process takes all of 5 minutes. The included sheet of instructions may have been better if it were in color, but you should be able to get the idea of what to do. Here's what our setup looked like: