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ID-Cooling Frostflow 120L CPU Liquid Cooler Review

ID-Cooling Frostflow 120L CPU Liquid Cooler Review
We take a look at ID-Cooling's Frostflow 120L CPU liquid cooler. The asking price is very reasonable, but how about performance? Let's see.
By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 26, 2015 2:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ID-Cooling

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing




If you have not heard of ID-Cooling, it is likely you are not alone. As for our experience with them, all we have to base an opinion off of is the SE-214X, which was a tower style cooler with a direct contact base, but even in its time, it did not do all that great in our testing but was a worthy stock cooler replacement at minimal cost. The thing is now, though, they have completely switched gears and have found an empty seat on the AIO train. Now they too are offering up sealed liquid cooling solutions, and while there are plenty of these already, ID-Cooling took the time to offers something unique as well.



Of course we have seen the full gamut of AIOs, almost from their inception, and with every new year, these coolers get more and more efficient, and tend to perform better and better with competition to reign supreme in this market being so high. Jumping into this market at this time, with companies like Corsair and NZXT dominating the market currently, seems almost like a suicide mission. But ID-Cooling feels they are up for the challenge and have delivered to the market not only a 120mm radiator based solution as well as a 240mm, but they have even come up with a dual head unit CPU and GPU cooler all-in-one loop to eliminate the need for multiple kits in the same chassis as you have to do with the aforementioned companies.


Starting our voyage into sealed loop cooling systems with ID-Cooling, we are first having a look at the Frostflow 120L. With the sea so full of already proven AIOs on the market, ID-Cooling has only a few ways to go to break in big. The unit could be full of features or an individual lighting system, it can be super-affordable, or it has to kick ass and take names in our charts to come out swinging. Let's see if the Frostflow 120L will sink or swim as we take a closer look, and we put it in the test system and see just what ID-Cooling and their Frostflow series of coolers have for you.




ID-Cooling starts off on the right foot with the fully detailed specifications chart. Things start off with the full list of compatible sockets for both AMD and Intel that the Frostflow 120L will mount to. They list a 150W TDP for this 154mm tall, 120mm wide, and 27mm thick aluminum radiator. We see they use EPDM rubber tubing that is said to be 315mm in length between the radiator and the head unit. Speaking of which, the head is 56mm in diameter without the hardware and stands 36mm tall. Inside of all of the plastic of the head unit, we find a copper cold plate at the bottom under a pump supported on a ceramic bearing. They show the power draw at just 0.25A, and that is with the pump spinning at 2500 RPM. What we never find in an AIO chart though is a sound rating of the pump, and ID-Cooling offers us 25dB(A) as its rating.


To cool the 27mm thick, tight finned radiator, we are supplied with the ID-Cooling 12025M12S fan. The chart shows us this is a 120mm fan that spins in a range of 800 to 2000 RPM. At maximum speed, this fan can deliver 84.5 CFM of air flow, and 3.2mmH2O of pressure behind it, and noise is rated to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 38.2dB(A). This fan will run with just seven volts, but its operating range for a smoothly spinning fan starts at 10.8V and can even be slightly overpowered to 13.2V. The last things to know about this fan is that it is suspended on a hydraulic bearing and that it comes almost all black with a bright red trim ring to match their circling LED in the head unit.


We searched high and low for this cooler to try and locate a place on this side of the pond that will actually sell the Frostflow 120L, and all we could come up with was a link to AliExpress where we found this cooler priced at only $63.99 per unit, but the whole site has a wholesaler's feel to it where buying in bulk is more typical for their orders. We did find plenty of links in the Philippines, but those won't do us much good here. As for Amazon and Newegg, we can only hope there is a box of these coolers sitting off the coast of California, we honestly were given no expected arrival time. However, even if having to use an odd site to obtain this cooler, at that price, it is almost worth giving it a try. We will hold our final opinion until the testing is done, of course, but on paper, and how deep it does not go into your wallet, things look good so far.

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