Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
There isn't really much information to be found about ID Cooling; even when it comes to their own introduction page, all we can really ascertain is that the group is built of experienced people from other companies that came together under a parent company. However, that is not to say that ID Cooling is a side project - their intentions are much different than that. From what we can gather, they are all about using top-tier materials and processes to deliver products that should stand up to the majority of options already out there. Also, with ties to major companies that they have worked with in the past, they elude to the fact that they are on top of quality control, and offer dependable products.
Here at TweakTown, this is our maiden voyage with ID Cooling, and to be honest, all we have seen up until now was news some time ago about the release of a very small form factor chassis that happened to look really cool. Today, we are going to be looking at one of the five available versions of ID Cooling's latest SFX chassis to hit the market. In these five versions, it is all about color options, much like the BitFenix Prodigy cases.
Whether orange is your color of choice, or if it is all red, red and black, all white, or all black, ID Cooling has you covered. There is also a possibility that more color options will come later on if this chassis stands up to what it is supposed to be on paper. The chassis in question is the T60-SFX from ID Cooling - not to be confused with T60 from Lian Li (although, if we stretch real far, there are some similarities to be found). Now, let's find out just how well the T60 from ID Cooling compares to all of the other offerings out there.
We do like that ID Cooling takes the time to spell things out in the specifications chart provided on their site; the chart leaves little to question once it is all absorbed. First, the dimensions are provided; we find the T60-SFX is only 251mm tall, 328mm deep, and sits 160mm wide, weighing in at only three kilograms. While they do cover the Aluminum alloy used, they do not mention that it is 3mm thick, or that the top, front, and bottom all interlock. They also do not mention that the back of the chassis and the motherboard tray are made of a much thinner steel plate. However, they do mention that on any color option we choose, there is an oil based paint applied to all surfaces, inside and out.
With such small chassis, we don't typically expect a lot of offerings on the inside, but the T60-SFX actually offers room for quite a lot considering its size. Inside, there is room for a single 3.5" drive at the top of the chassis, and down the left side is a removable rail that will house a pair of 2.5" drives. Of course, this is made for Mini-ITX motherboard compatibility only, but there is still room left for a SFX or Micro-ATX PSU. There is also 263mm for video card placement, and even 125mm worth of room for a smaller tower-style CPU cooler. The last thing to mention is the inclusion of a fan in the one and only fan location in the T60-SFX; that location is filled with a 92mm black framed fan with clear blades.
What ID Cooling has going for them, on top of using nicer materials and offering it all in a stunning package with the design of the chassis, is that in all the news and previous reviews, we were lead to believe that this chassis would retail for $79.99. While that pricing is somewhat doable for a chassis like this, even without looking into it, we feel that pricing is justified. However, the real problem comes when we look to actually buy one. The only listing we could find has this chassis retailing for $139.99, and that is at Amazon. Even thus far, we find it hard to justify an additional fifty dollars over the MSRP. By the time we are done, will we find the ID Cooling T60-SFX worthy enough to justify the price hike?
PRICING: You can find the ID Cooling T60-SFX for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ID Cooling T60-SFX in WHITE retails for $139.99 at Amazon, the ID Cooling T60-SFX in RED retails for $139.99 at Amazon, the ID Cooling T60-SFX in RED and BLACK retails for $139.99 at Amazon, and the ID Cooling T60-SFX in ORANGE and BLACK retails for $139.99 at Amazon.
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