Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Since we have not had much luck using ID Cooling sealed liquid coolers, maybe it is time to switch gears and see what sort of love an air cooler built by them has to offer. We have seen only two air coolers from ID Cooling thus far, and both of them were on previous test systems. It was while looking through the previous coolers that we realized we had in fact tested this cooler in its original iteration, but that was way back in 2015. In reviewing the original cooler, we see that this latest incarnation is not just a painted refresh; there is more than that to be had.
The SE-214X that we saw a couple of years ago was a single tower cooler, where the aluminum and copper were left in their natural state. The SE-214X also sported a lower section reduction to the fin stack. This was not to make clearance for anything, in particular, it seemed like more of an aesthetic choice. The original cooler also came with a black and red fan, but none of these things are present in the latest version. What we have today is not just white, fitting to the Snow Edition naming, but the fin surface area has been increased, and a whole new fan comes along for the ride as well.
ID Cooling has sent along the SE-214L Snow Edition One of three of the SE-214L coolers, to get our opinion on today. The SE-214L is a direct touch cooler and is still made with copper and aluminum, but the entire cooler is coated with white paint from tip to tail. What is most impressive about this design, is that ID Cooling has found a way to cleanly add a 130mm fan to a 120mm tower cooler, which means the fan will cover more of the fins, which should, in turn, deliver improved performance. On paper, everything about the SE-214L Snow Edition cooler appears to be on point, but let's get down to the nitty-gritty, and see just what ID Cooling is offering us this time.
ID Cooling was sure to make the SE-214L compatible with just about any processor being used today. For Intel users, LGA 2011(V3), 115X, and 1366 sockets are all covered. As far as AMD is concerned, this cooler will fit anything since and including AM2, and with a 150W TDP, it should cover the spectrum of what all of those processors deliver. The SE-214L is 129mm from side to side, it is 80mm thick from front to back, and it stands 160mm tall. Rather than using 6mm or 8mm diameter heat pipes, the SE-214L opts for four 7mm diameter pipes to transfer heat away from the CPU. All told, with the fan included, the SE-214L Snow Edition weighs in at 690 grams.
The fan that comes with the tower is the ID-13025M12S, with a 4-pin plug for connectivity and PWM control. The frame of this fan is white, angled, and sports clear blades which help to reflect and project the blueish-white LED lighting. The 130mm fan will spin in a range of 500 to 1800 RPM, delivering 69.5 CFM of airflow, and 1.82 mmH2O of static pressure. The fan is rated at a maximum noise level of 30.6 dB(A) while drawing only 0.25A at 3W. There is not a lifetime rating offered, but we are shown that the hub of the fan spins on a hydraulic bearing.
Usually, we are sent some pricing information, or we can find something on the internet which will give us at least an approximation on pricing, but as of yet, this information is not available. We have seen many news posts on these new coolers, and ID Cooling presents this cooler on their site. However, we are left in the dark here. If we had to take a guess, based on other coolers they have sent, we would hazard a guess to say that this cooler would be in the $29 to $39 range. However, this is only a guess based on what other SE-214 coolers have sold for in the past, accounting for the added materials and attractiveness of the SE-214L Snow Edition over the plainer versions.
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