Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
This, being the fifth liquid cooling solution for ID-Cooling has shown us one thing; that they are not afraid to redesign and include more features to attempt to gain more of the market share. While the initial coolers were lackluster, with flat square heat units, as we saw in the white Icekimo, things have changed. ID-Cooling then moved to round head units, and various forms of single color LED displays.
First, there was the Frostflow, which had squares around the edge, which had red LEDs, which appeared to be moving around the head unit at a set speed. Along came the Auraflow sporting a ring and a backlit logo on the round head unit. The colors could be changed, but in this model, you can only see one color at a time. In what we have today, we see the first integration of RGB LEDs, and not only can you choose from various colors, there is also the option for a rainbow effect, along with multiple others, via control by remote or via an RGB 4-pin header on the motherboard.
In just about all of the coolers we have seen, we have given ID-Cooling a hard time about the mounting hardware for the head units, and rightfully so. With many of the Asetek built models, the hardware is made so that components run out of threads, as a brilliant indication of how to know when the parts are correctly tightened. However, ID-Cooling prefers to use all-thread pieces, which is much like a custom block, which may be nice for some, but for the average user can be quite a pain in the rear end. You will find that the hardware still has not changed, no matter how much we complained about it, and we are also about to see one other misstep ID-Cooling has made, which has to do with how the pump is powered. We will be hitting on both of these points pretty hard in the review, and will explain in detail why such things do not bode well.
Today we are looking at the Chromaflow 240 from ID-Cooling. The name alone leads you to believe that this cooler displays RGB LEDs in ways that many of the other AIOs on the market have been doing for some time now. With some of the old mixed in with a few new things to check out, it will be interesting to see not only how well the Chromaflow performs, but also see how the new additions play out, and what sort of experience they offer. We do have much to cover, so get comfortable as we take you through what the ID-Cooling Chromaflow is all about, and if you should put it on the list of things to buy for your next build.
Following the list of specifications, as it is presented, we initially see that the Chromaflow fits anything Intel since LGA775, and anything AMD made since AM2, and ID-Cooling appears to offer TR4 mounting, but you will need to contact them for the brackets. The TDP rating is 200W for this cooler, which uses a 240mm aluminum radiator. Connecting the head unit to the radiator is 330mm of premium sleeved tubing. The head unit utilizes a copper transfer plate, while the body and pump are made of plastic. The pump is shown to spin at 2100 RPM suspended on a ceramic bearing. ID-Cooling rates the pump for fifty thousand hours and is shown to deliver only 25 dB(A) of noise.
To cool the radiator, there is a pair of 120mm fans. The fans spin in a range of 900 to 2100 RPM, with a maximum of 55.2 CFM per fan. Static pressure is decent at 2.13mmH2O, and the fans are shown to get no louder than 33.5 dB(A). Like the head unit, the fans are also RGB with addressable lighting. This means that you can not only see the head unit lighting through the side panel window but in cases with open front design, you can also look at the fans doing their thing through there.
Searching for the Chromaflow 240 led us to only one hit on this side of the pond that we trust. It was at Newegg that we found it listed for $125. Considering what Corsair and NZXT start 240mm coolers at with a similar feature set, ID-Cooling does come in as the affordable option out of many we see a TweakTown. Although, it all comes down to how well the Chromaflow 240 performs as to if there is actual value in such a product as this, and by the time we end things here, we should have a much better grasp on whether to advise such a cooler for your system.
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