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ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 26, 2015 5:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ID-Cooling

ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler

 

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

 

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

 

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The back of the cooler has a groove cut into either side to allow a screwdriver to easily get to 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.

 

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Since most of what we see at the top of the cooler is identical to what we discussed on the other side, it is here we would like to draw your eyes to 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.

 

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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 Stick Support poking through.

 

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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 support the fan away from the fins, and as you move to the center, the fins are further from the fan to allow it to build a head of steam before attacking the fins.

 

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We keep mentioning the Aluminum Stick Support, and here is the bottom end of it. We can only assume that it is screwed into the top of the aluminium base plate, and this stick runs right up through the center of the tower to add structural support 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.

 

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

 

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The base of the cooler does have small gaps between the pipes and 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 and aluminium from the levelling process.

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