So, here is the skinny on the Frostflow 120L. It is not the best performing AIO, even in just the single 120mm based category, but there is a perspective we need to address that pulls a lot of our points together. It also may not be the most silent cooler offered, but the noise isn't obtrusive, and if set up correctly, will only be loud when it's needed, as the load increases, not all the time. It does not offer any fancy software package to go along with it, but they do attempt to stand out in the crowd with the only AIO with a Comet-Tail LED effect.
The thermal and audio results were right on par for what we would expect in the latest generation AIO with the specifications this Frostflow 120L offers, no real surprises there. One thing however that we cannot overlook is the supplied hardware. In our humble opinion, with a keyed stud, or some head like a Hex, Phillips, heck anything would do, but trying to tighten hardware that spins on you is futile at best. While we were able to win with a pair of pliers, we feel that with slightly better hardware, this cooler to take advantage of more socket pressure that as it sits you do not have access to. We just felt the head unit sort of lays on the CPU and the brackets did not add any pressure when tightening the whole kit into place. This could lead to better thermal transfer and could easily have moved this cooler a few spots up on our thermal results charts.
While we do keep referring to the results as average, and the feature set is not the best on the market, they do hit quite a few check boxes along the way to what customers want. The chosen fan is equipped to handle the heat that our 4770K produces, yet adds a bright splash of red to an otherwise all black mass. The same can be said for the head unit. While we did find the LED effect to be almost dizzying as you watched it long enough, it again adds a splash of red to dress it up a bit. The one thing that sets this 120mm based AIO from most others is the introductory price, though. While most others released in the range of eighty to ninety dollars, sometimes more, even though the site seems a bit sketchy, at $63.99 as your only option to buy it this side of the pond, it is super hard to pass it up. To put that into perspective, you can find AIOs at this price, but they are either generations old or fall into the black mass category. With the ID-Cooling Frostflow 120L, you get huge saving, and you aren't left staring at some three-year-old black AIO.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: For less than $65, the Frostflow 120L is a steal! You get the latest generation gear with bright red pops of accent color; it offers a unique LED theme from ID-Cooling. With pricing like this, even a more simple design will see good sales results.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID-Cooling Frostflow 120L 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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