Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In the previous testing of ID Cooling CPU coolers, our results are a bit of a mixed bag. While some of their coolers have done well in the past, there have been some that we feel, that while they look robust and capable, there is one thing about them that appears to fail the potential of such coolers. This all comes down the hardware. Instead of using slightly more expensive to product solutions, ID Cooling opts to save a few pennies, at the harm of their products. Since it is the mounting hardware that should be offering even and level pressure across the IHS, we find this is just not what we are getting with ID Cooling CPU coolers.
When asked to review this cooler, we initially balked at the opportunity as with what we saw with the Icekimo coolers, let's just say we were not impressed. We immediately asked which mounting hardware was used on this new cooler, as we did not want to go through all the work to realize the mounting hardware issue was not addressed, and we were told that the hardware was not the same. In fact, we were told we would be getting a cooler that has this issue addressed, sadly, this was not true. SO here we are, with another AIO from ID Cooling, which we already have no hope for, long before we even get started.
Today we are looking at something different from both the Frostflow and Icekimo series coolers, an AIO which offers many of the same ideas, but the one major difference here is that ID Cooling has added Aura Sync support. The Auraflow 240 CPU cooler we are bringing you is back to a round head unit, the hoses are sleeved, and the radiator has been dressed up as well. At this point, all we have left to show are the images and get to the results, and see if we can do any better with an AIO with some of the worst mounting hardware available.
The range of compatibility is good, and it covers all of the current sockets and many long since EOL. For all but one of the socket types, you have to use the typical hardware, but at least for LGA2011 users, the hardware can be locked into place evenly, likely offering the best chance at a fair shake. The TDP of this cooler is listed at 200W and is made with an aluminum radiator which is 27mm thick, which is connected to the copper-based head unit via premium sleeved tubing. The pump in the head unit is capable of 2100RPM spinning on the ceramic bearing. This pump is also shown to deliver 50,000 hours of use, and not exceed 25 dB(A) of noise.
Two fans are included with the Auraflow 240, and they are 120mm square, 25mm thick, and have the model number ID-12025M12S, drawing only 0.20A of power. The fans can spin at a range of 700 to 1800 RPM, and deliver 74.5CFM. However, CFM is nothing on a high FPI radiator, but to help the fans deliver sufficient flow through it, there is also 2.15 mmH2O of pressure. These fans can range in noise as well. On the low-end, there is 18 dB(A) of noise, and at full speed, it jumps to 35.2 dB(A). The fans are shown in the specifications to draw 0.25A, but the sticker on them shows differently. We do know that the fans will not start without 7V supplied to them, and we do know that they spin on a hydraulic bearing.
Outside of eBay, we can only find one listing on this side of the pond, and thankfully it is through Newegg.com. It is there where we see that the ID Cooling Auraflow 240 is currently selling at $119.99, which is shown to be reduced from $149.99. In no way is this 240mm AIO worth a $150 investment, and even at $119.99, we feel it is a stretch. However, as we always do, we will allow the results to do most of the talking for us. What comes now is many images of a quite attractive looking AIO and packaging. While nice to look at and see what all is offered with this AIO, feel free to just skip to the results and head to the conclusion, as they will have everything you need to know about the Auraflow 240 from ID Cooling.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID Cooling Auraflow 240 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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