Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
ID-Cooling so far has impressed us with the value offered in the Frostflow 120L, and then turned around and offered up the IS-VC45 cooler that even with high hopes for it initially, it did not overly impress us. However, they still have one bullet left in the chamber. We are back again with the Frostflow series, this time with a much larger radiator. In fact, the kit we are about to get to test here is also the basis of the Hunter Duet that cools both a CPU and GPU in one loop, also offered by ID-Cooling.
If you happened to have missed their last AIO to cross the bench, let's catch you up a bit. We found that the cooler was very cost effective in a market where similar coolers cost considerably more. We also found that while they did not change the style of the base unit, they do offer up a Comet-Tail LED display on the head unit and continue to match those red LEDs with bright red rings on the supplied fans. While the Frostflow 120L was not particularly a stellar performer, it was able to hold its own and fall into the charts right about where we would expect it to.
Well, it is time to move on from what we know the Frostflow 120L was capable of and move on to bigger and better things. Today we are bringing you the Frostflow 240L sealed loop AIO cooler from ID-Cooling. This is a dual 120mm radiator based system that is built to not only take on the heat load of just about any CPU on the market currently, as mentioned, they feel it performs so well that they also offer this kit with a GPU head unit and mounting plate tied into this cooler, sold under another name. From what we have just seen from Corsair, though, they have pretty much cornered the AIO game at the moment, and that stacks the odds against ID-Cooling, but let's see just what this cooler can do before we make any final judgments.
The Frostflow 240L sealed loop cooler is capable, with the supplied hardware, to fit Intel sockets LGA775 and newer, and for AMD users, anything since AM2 is fair game as well. The TDP rating has increased from 150W in the 120L to now 200W in this 240L. The dimensions increase to 274mm of radiator length, it is still 120mm wide, and also is again 27mm thick, and of course made of aluminum. Connecting the radiator to the head unit ID-Cooling uses EPMD rubber tubing in lengths of 315mm, which are secured at both ends with plastic-like collars. The head unit is 65mm in diameter and sits 36mm taller than the IHS on the CPU, and the pump and copper cold plate are contained in it encased in black plastic. Speaking of the pump, these sip power with just 0.25A of draw and is capable of speeds up to 2500RPM.
This time, we are sent a pair of 120mm ID-12025M12S fans to cool this 240mm radiator. These fans spin at a range of 800 to 2000RPM delivering 84.5CFM of airflow each. The static pressure is also higher at 3.2mmH2O to help push through the tight fin arrangement of these radiators. These hydraulic bearing supported fans are the same as what we saw in the 120L as well, and are strong from what we have seen in that design.
We run into the same issue with this Frostflow 240L we had with the last submission, though, availability is next to nil. In the usual searches, we cannot find a listing at the top five sites we tend to find just about anything we need. Once again, though, we did find just one listing as to where one may obtain this Frostflow 240L inside of the US, maybe the only source on this side of the globe. This is again listed at AliExpress.com for what seems super low for the product, priced at just $98.99. Usually when we are given a 240mm AIO, it releases at a price in the range of $119.99 to $129.99, so if you do like the overall design and aesthetic, you can also save around $30 opting for ID-Cooling and their Frostflow 240L over some of the better-known options out there.
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