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ID Cooling SE-214L Snow Edition CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 73%Manufacturer: ID Cooling

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

 

 

 

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

 

 

Thermal Results

 

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63.5-degrees is quite a ways away from the throttle point of our CPU, but we did have higher expectations for the SE-214L SE cooler. While it does considerably better than the Icekimo 120, it has a long list of better performing coolers ahead of it.

 

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Still allowing for PWM control of the fan, when the overclock was applied, the SE-214L SE does not make much headroom towards the top of the chart. To be blunt, 81 degrees from a CPU cooler of this size is almost unacceptable, but at least it did not fail.

 

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The PWM fan curve is so efficient with the way in which it cools this tower, which even adding 400 RPM to the fans speed, we only gained half of a degree in performance.

 

 

Noise Level Results

 

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26 dB is low on this chart, and while not the best of the bunch, at the 1140 RPM we saw in the first thermal test, it is nearly unperceivable to the user from a two to three-foot distance.

 

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Even with the overclock applied, the PWN fan curve took the fan to 1500 RPM, and noise is still rather low. 31 dB is just breaking into the audible range a couple of feet from the cooler, but still well within a tolerable level.

 

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Since pushing the fan to 1900 RPM offers very little performance gains, we feel that no one should need to force 12V through the fan. Considering the noise levels jump to 45 dB doing this, why deal with all of that noise pollution for little to no perceivable gains in temperature.

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