While this cooler is no doubt an old school concept that has been tweaked to stand up to what today's systems will put it through, it really appears that timing is everything when it comes to reviewing a product. While there is really not one thing about this cooler other than slightly curled fins that can easily be fixed to complain about, and had we seen this cooler first rather than the be quiet! Pure Rock, we may have shown a brighter light on the SE 214X, but being what it is, and since pricing is near identical as well, it is super hard to ignore what the Pure Rock was capable of doing just a few days ago.
Looking at it in the mindset of never seeing the Pure Rock, well again, there isn't really much to complain about. The cooler fits ever socket currently still supported, it left us a huge gap between it and the memory, and leaves the motherboard screw and 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, and certainly would not be the first choice for HTPC use or other silent environments. Otherwise, the cooler is everything ID-Cooling lead us to 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 and 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 do this sort of a job for you and still fall well under the $50 mark in CPU coolers. Selling at $34.99 is a huge advantage to 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, and with all of the ease that comes with this design, we do feel that ID-Cooling is on the right track, just that with the Pure Rock fresh in our minds, it makes this the second best cooler in the bang for the buck in all aspects of what makes a great cooler.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: The SE 214X from ID-Cooling may seem old school, but it is new school enough to address all major concerns of air coolers and clearances. While a bit noisy, it's more than up to the demands of almost any user at a really great price.
PRICING: You can find the ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler retails for $34.99 at Amazon.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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