The reality of what the Frostflow 240L has shown us is that it is possible to make an AIO, offer it slightly cheaper than the rest, perform admirably, and hope the light shines favorably on you for your efforts. We feel that ID-Cooling has a strong leg to stand on to begin with, they just need to get these products into wider markets so more people can have access to the low price and the performance offered in such a kit. We do also realize that there may be a legal issue on this side of the pond as our instincts are telling us that these are not Asetek built sealed loop coolers. This means that unless you find the oddball site like we did, you may never see these on this side of the pond at all.
We think they need a bit of work on the mounting hardware, in the sense that there needs to be a way to grab easily the stud that passes through the backplate. When we first assembled the equipment as instructed, you could only get things so tight. And when the head unit gets installed without pressure, testing showed it in the form of some eight degrees higher temps than its nearest competitor on the charts, we knew something was wrong. So, we went at it with a pair of pliers and fixed the mistake, greatly improving head pressure so we could deliver what this cooler is fully capable of doing. We wouldn't have rehashed this issue, but that on top of the fact that we only got two fan mounting screws, had we not had the Frostflow 120L on hand, it would have meant a trip to the hardware store to fix that issue too. Outside of these points, we did end up favoring such a design.
The Frostflow 240L may not have the best LED scheme, nor does it have software to monkey around with LED colors or fan controls, but then again it does not attack your bag of money like other coolers do when released either. ID-Cooling puts just enough flavor in this package to be unique, show off the head unit a bit with their LED setup they do offer, and the slash of red that matches the radiator to it is attractive as well.
We have no doubt that those looking for the best bang for the buck in sealed loop coolers for things like system builds, or even just to save money to build your own system, while a $30 difference in the overall build isn't much, that is halfway to memory or adding more capacity to the SSD in these builds. Overall we are impressed with what ID-Cooling was capable of offering, even if they never make it in mass to our shores, those that have access to these coolers should give the Frostflow 240L a try.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: You will not find better bang for the buck in a 240mm radiator based sealed loop cooler at this stage. The ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L may not have all the tricks, but it brings what it needs to the table and lets its performance do the talking.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L 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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