Today Chad tells us about ID-Cooling"s SE 214X CPU air cooler. It may be old school in design, but Chad is impressed about what you get for the price.

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ID-Cooling is not exactly brvà new to lớn CPU cooling, as it just takes one look on their website lớn realize they have sầu amassed a seriously large arsenal of CPU coolers, it is just that this is the first that we are able lớn khuyễn mãi giảm giá with them & Reviews said products. The last we saw from ID-Cooling was when we got our introduction lớn them with the oddly shaped, but well thought out T60 SFX chassis. Even being from a completely different market, we vị have sầu some idea of the chất lượng control used, & the extent lớn which they will go lớn make a sản phẩm that, while it may not be for everyone, it will remain in the baông chồng of your mind, sort of like that 80s TV show theme tuy nhiên that keeps rearing its head every once in a while.

We see that ID-Cooling likes to run a series of coolers that all tóm tắt a similar name. We found the FI or Finland series, we see the IS or Icel& series, the DK or Denmark series, và lastly there is the SE or Sweden series of cooler, và is the series khổng lồ which our sample belongs. Even when it comes lớn this series of coolers, we find that there are also six other styles of the SE 2xx series that we are looking at today & it appears there is one other cooler that shares the name almost identically as well. So, if you do go looking around at what they have sầu khổng lồ offer, pay very close attention khổng lồ the Mã Sản Phẩm numbers, as it is easy khổng lồ get confused and a bit lost as to what is going on with so many options.

Specifically why we are all together at this time is due to ID-Cooling sending us the SE 214X CPU cooler to lớn chạy thử. The main idea here was to lớn use the KISS principle of thiết kế, và offer the masses a cooler that is fully capable of the demands of today"s PCs, và at the same time, a very affordable price point. That is in no way khổng lồ say that this is some old tech slapped together with a pretty tín đồ và sent to pass it off as something new. There are actually some design elements that many will appreciate, & one strange one, that while we can see how it works và why it is there, we just don"t get the overall point. If a wallet friendly pricing doesn"t already have your interests piqued, we can say that what you are about khổng lồ see is pretty impressive considering what we are given lớn work with.

The chart provided by ID-Cooling shows us basically what it is we are dealing with in this kiến thiết. Things get rolling with a huge các mục of compatible sockets that this cooler will mount to lớn without issue. This includes all current Hãng Intel sockets, & everything AMD post socket 939. The SE 214X that we are given offers a 130W TDPhường rating, và stands only 159milimet tall, is 85milimet deep with the bạn on it, and is 123mm in width totaling 770 grams. This chart does not cover the direct touch base design or the aluminum base component, but they vị mention the four 6mm diameter heat pipes used to lớn transfer the heat. They also make no mention of the 48 fins in the stachồng, or that they and the heat pipes are left in their natural state.

In this chart, there are more lines dedicated lớn the ID-Cooling NO 12025 120mm tín đồ included with the tower. This tín đồ frame is 123milimet square, & while basically all blaông chồng in color, there are red rubber isolation pads built inlớn it as well. This fan will spin in the range of 800 lớn 1800 RPM delivering a maximum of 60.7 CFM of flow and 1.81 mmH2O of pressure. While this tín đồ needs 7V to lớn start, it can run beyond 12V to 13.2V and still be within operational voltage range, & will deliver up lớn 29.2 dB(A) of noise. Other than the current và power demands of the tín đồ, we also see that the hub of the translucent blades of this tín đồ is supported on a hydraulic bearing. There is no mention on the charts, but digging deeper allowed us khổng lồ find that the entire SE series of coolers offers a three-year warranty.

Budget friendly coolers always seem to lớn have sầu a soft spot in many potential customers" hearts. Not everyone can afford lớn lay out $100 on top tier air cooling, or even more for a top end AIO, they just need the basics. With this cooler, it fills a couple of voids. Of course, the $34.99 pricing we are seeing across the board is a great way lớn check off the box for low cost. The thing is though, at the same time, it is able khổng lồ keep up with a few more expensive sầu coolers, & even holds on well enough khổng lồ compete with the be quiet! Pure Rock we just looked at with a very similar price point.

Realizing this is all a lot khổng lồ digest, allow us to lớn break it down for you as we get up cđại bại & personal with the SE 214X CPU cooler, and see if ID-Cooling has a good grasp on what it takes to compete in this market.

Using blaông chồng for the backdrop, ID-Cooling has their name at the top followed by the TDPhường và hàng hóa name. We also see a large-ish image of the cooler in the center, & even below, they make note to lớn point out nine features of this thiết kế.

Along with the bold yellow bit at the top covering what is inside, the lower section offers features again. This time there are images of the actual cooler presented, và test following lớn explain about the base, clearances, the người, the Aluminum Stiông chồng Support, & all metal hardware.

On khổng lồ the back of the box is where we find the specifications. Eleven languages first cover the specification titles for each line, and then you match that line to lớn the numbers given in the bottom right corner.

To cover just about everything we did on the page previous to this, right on the box of the last panel, we find not only the socket compatibility at the top, but also three renderings of the cooler with dimensions of all aspects needed.

Opening the box, you over up finding that the paperwork and hardware box. At this time, we slid everything out to see how the cooler is shipped. Under the hardware is very dense foam used to lớn hold onlớn the top of the cooler and keep it centered. At the base, there is a lesser dense foam used to sort of cradle the base. While this worked well khổng lồ get the cooler here, there is a bit of fin bending that occurred near the bottom of the cooler in transit.

ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler

Fresh out of the box and không lấy phí of the packing, as we look the SE 214X dead in the face, the slick looking 120mm người is really all we see of the cooler at this point. At least we know that this tower is well covered by the tín đồ ID-Cooling paired with this design.

From the side, we see a couple of things worth mentioning. It is easy lớn see the rubber bits in the fan keeping it away from the fins, & we also see that the top section has fins bent for both support & lớn help capture air flow. The center is left open, and is also where the fans wire clips attach.

The back of the cooler has a groove sầu cut inlớn either side to lớn allow a screwdriver lớn easily get khổng lồ the mounting screws. We also can see easily that there is a section of 11 fins at the bottom that are not as wide, allowing for a bit more clearance around the socket.

Since most of what we see at the top of the cooler is identical lớn what we discussed on the other side, it is here we would lượt thích to draw your eyes khổng lồ the lean of the heat pipes. This is done so that this cooler is further offset from the memory, hence allowing this cooler terrific clearance in that area.

The top of the cooler is a little bit dressed up with the lines molded into the fins. To either side, we can see the staggered layout of the pipes as they travel through the fins and in the center is the tip of the Aluminum Stiông xã Support poking through.

Removing the fan to look at the leading edges of this cooler, we find them stepping down in three stages. At the sides is the highest to lớn support the fan away from the fins, & as you move khổng lồ the center, the fins are further from the tín đồ lớn allow it to lớn build a head of steam before attacking the fins.

We keep mentioning the Aluminum Stiông chồng Support, & here is the bottom over of it. We can only assume that it is screwed inkhổng lồ the top of the aluminium base plate, and this stick runs right up through the center of the tower lớn add structural tư vấn to keep the tower upright, better? While everyone likes a strong cooler, at the same time many coolers before this survived well enough without this.

The exposed copper pipes, after leaving the base, make compound curves until they are lined up well enough to have sầu the staông chồng of finds pressed over them & the aluminium stick in the middle.

The base of the cooler does have sầu small gaps between the pipes và the base, but across all of the surfaces, it is flat as can be. We can still plainly see the milling marks left in both the copper & aluminium from the levelling process.

Accessories and Documentation

The first bits of hardware we are looking at are the all metal brackets used for mounting. For AMD users, you are going a bit old school, and you will need lớn mount the large bracket with the clips khổng lồ secure the cooler to the stochồng bracket. For Intel users, you are given a pair of legs for LGA115X sockets, & a second phối is intended for LGA2011 usage, and both kits are clearly labelled.

We also get a second set of bạn clips, and to lớn the left, we see a small syringe of paste. In the middle, we find the Hãng sản xuất Intel LGA115X backplate with the studs already in place, and to the right are the four screws used khổng lồ mount the hardware to the base of the cooler.

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The instructions aren"t all that bad khổng lồ use, but they aren"t great either. Basically, you unfold the paper included to find a section on what comes with the cooler, one for AMD installation, one for LGA115X and another for LGA2011. All of which are basically the same with a few renderings to help point out important things, with limited test to help along with the job.

ID-Cooling also sent along a second fan so that we could have a look at what sort of performance gains were lớn be had with a push/pull configuration. While it will not show in the charts, we will be sure to lớn make mention of the results at the appropriate time.

Since the rest of the images lớn follow will be with only one bạn, we figured we would be sure to lớn get an image of the SE 214X with both fans on it, so that you can gain perspective sầu on kích cỡ, & that it looks much better with the black and red on both sides.

Installation & Finished Product

To get the installation under way, we must first grab the appropriate hardware for the base of the cooler lớn fit the motherboard, but no matter which is used, all you need to do is sover the four screws in to hold them to lớn the base of the cooler.

After removing the film from the tape running on the underside of this plate, we set it in aligning the studs with the holes. chú ý that these are indeed tall nuts that will accept the screws seen on the Intel hardware.

After adding some paste and running the four screws down until we ran out of threads, we now find the SE 214X peeking out behind the memory. It is already easy lớn tell that the PCI-e slot is clear, & there is even plenty of room to lớn the right to lớn connect fans & get to lớn the motherboard screws, even if this was already in the chassis.

When the box & all of the literature said that the SE 214X had memory clearance, we figured sure, as vị a lot of coolers now, but not in this sort of scope. Not only is there plenty of room between the fan and the memory, there is a huge gap between them, so there is no way this cooler will offer any issue here.

For users of LGA2011 or 2011-v3, the offphối of the cooler in itself will not cause you any issues at all with the installation or clearance of the memory behind the socket. However, if you do opt to lớn use a second người, be sure that your memory is pretty short.

With it hanging in the D-Frame now, we find the SE 214X doesn"t look all that bad hanging there. We also find the offmix of the tower gets it away from the memory & the motherboard screw, while at the same time allowing the top PCI-e slot khổng lồ be utilized. Now all we have sầu lớn vị is demo it & see what happens.

Test System Setup, Thermal Tests & Noise Results

Test System Setup

I would first lượt thích to thank ASUS, InWin, PatriotFractal Design for supplying products for me to lớn test with.

To see our testing methodology & khổng lồ find out what goes inlớn making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.

With only one fan cooling the tower, at idle, we saw an average of 26.5 degrees, và a second người dropped that another degree at idle. As for the loaded conditions, we find the SE 214X as shipped delivered a 53 degree average. Having a second fan running at the same speed only brought the temperature down 0.5 degrees.

Allowing the fan to vày its thing at maximum potential for the overclocked runs, we saw the idle temperature rose only 0.25 degrees from stochồng testing, & when loaded the SE 214X gives us a 76 degree average in all testing. For those looking inkhổng lồ that second người, for these runs, the best we saw was 74.25 degrees, slightly less than a 2 degree advantage.

Noise Level Results

While the noise màn chơi is not all that bad with the fans spinning at 1300 RPM for the stoông xã testing, looking khổng lồ other coolers in this range, we come right back lớn the be quiet! Pure Rock that delivered a lot of the same as this offered, but does it with much less noise involved.

Allowing the tín đồ lớn run full tốc độ does not fare any better for ID-Cooling. With the fans now running at 1875 RPM, we were hearing 51 db of noise from the cooler. While not horrible, it is average at best.

Final Thoughts

While this cooler is no doubt an old school concept that has been tweaked khổng lồ stand up to what today"s systems will put it through, it really appears that timing is everything when it comes lớn reviewing a sản phẩm. While there is really not one thing about this cooler other than slightly curled fins that can easily be fixed to lớn complain about, & had we seen this cooler first rather than the be quiet! Pure Roông xã, we may have sầu shown a brighter light on the SE 214X, but being what it is, & since pricing is near identical as well, it is super hard khổng lồ ignore what the Pure Rochồng was capable of doing just a few days ago.

Looking at it in the mindphối of never seeing the Pure Rock, well again, there isn"t really much lớn complain about. The cooler fits ever socket currently still supported, it left us a huge gap between it và the memory, and leaves the motherboard screw & the first PCI-e slot fully accessible. There is nothing wrong with the results we saw thermally, considering there is only 60CFM or so being pushed over the fins.

Audibly there is nothing wrong with this cooler either, it"s just that it comes in at average at this stage of testing, và certainly would not be the first choice for HTPC use or other silent environments. Otherwise, the cooler is everything ID-Cooling lead us khổng lồ believe it was, a capable cooler at a very friendly price point, and with or without the Aluminum Support Stick, we feel this cooler would have performed the same, although it may be a weaker design that needs that extra love & support, but as it sits, we have no issues with its feel or structural integrity.

If you don"t mind a bit of noise when things get warm in the system, this is one of a select few coolers that will vày this sort of a job for you & still fall well under the $50 mark in CPU coolers. Selling at $34.99 is a huge advantage to lớn those that build systems for a living, or others who may be monetarily challenged.

Our testing shows you are far from damaging anything with the temperatures the SE 214X is capable of keeping our CPU at, và with all of the ease that comes with this thiết kế, we vì chưng feel that ID-Cooling is on the right traông chồng, just that with the Pure Rochồng fresh in our minds, it makes this the second best cooler in the bang for the buông xã in all aspects of what makes a great cooler.

Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features92%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money97%

The Bottom Line: The SE 214X from ID-Cooling may seem old school, but it is new school enough lớn address all major concerns of air coolers and clearances. While a bit noisy, it"s more than up khổng lồ the demands of almost any user at a really great price.

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Chad Sebring

Chad joined the team in 2009 and has since reviewed 100s of new techy items. After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air & water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try khổng lồ get a đánh giá job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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