All in all, the ID Cooling Auraflow is not a complete failure, yet at the same time, we feel it has more to give. With just about any AIO on the planet right now, the hardware that comes with it can be locked into position, and you can screw the bits down until they run out of threads. This is not found in the Auraflow 240, and it is likely why the cooler did not present better thermal results. While ID Cooling can stay in the top half of the charts, for those who overclock their CPU, you may want to look at something with more bang for the buck. Honestly, we just wish ID Cooling would listen, and arrange to improve the hardware, as with things the way they are, we are just left guessing that you may have better results than us. However, at least with LGA 2011 users, the mounting is solid, level, and will deliver the best potential for this cooler to do its best over all other Intel mounting options, as well as all AMD options.
There are two other things we need to address as well. First is the Aura Sync issue. If you do now own an ASUS motherboard with Aura Sync, you do not get any of the RGB benefits. A simple UI could be offered for those without this option on their motherboard so that more people could use it, and get the full RGB experience; not be stuck to teal on the head unit and blue on the fans. It would have been more acceptable had the head unit and the fans matched. We liked the silence of the fans and head unit during our stock and overclocked runs, but once the fans were let loose to go as fast as they could, the gains are not there to deal with the noise. Nor did it seem to have any benefits to improve the fact that the Auraflow 240 was still bested by extremely more affordable cooling solutions.
In the end, all we can say is that the Auraflow 240 from ID cooling needs some help. On paper, and maybe with in-house testing scenarios, ID Cooling thought they had a real winner on their hands. However, with a cooler that will cost you nearly $120, we expected more from them. If they were willing to pay attention to the fine details, and things that are hindering the performance of the cooler, we feel they may be able to change our opinion.
The way things stand now, not only can you find better coolers at this price range, but you can even do better with a single tower air cooler. Unless you are just in love with the design and have an ASUS Aura Sync motherboard, we would suggest you pass.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||79%|
The Bottom Line: The Auraflow 240 is average at best, and is only special in specific conditions! The hardware still needs work, but the cooler looks good and performs okay. What leaves us with no want to award it, is with a few issues, it takes what could be a great cooler and leaves us with a feeling of "meh!"
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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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