ID-Cooling SE 204K and SE 214X CPU Cooler Review

Testing and Results

Test Setup Intel

  • Processor: Intel i5-4670k (overclocked 4.5 Ghz)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5
  • Coolers: ID-Cooling SE-204K, SE-214X
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 16GB
  • Boot Drive: Kingston M.2 120GB SSD
  • Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200 watts
  • Test Bench: QDIY PC-D60 Acrylic Open-Air Test Bench
  • Fan Controller: Lamptron FC5V3

Test Setup AMD

  • Processor: AMD FX 8370 (overclocked 4.5 Ghz)
  • Motherboard: MSI 970 Gaming
  • Coolers: ID-Cooling SE-204K, SE-214X
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 2133Mhz 16GB
  • Boot Drive: OCZ Vector 128GB
  • Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200 watts
  • Test Bench: QDIY PC-D60 Acrylic Open-Air Test Bench
  • Fan Controller: Lamptron FC5V3

Testing Software

  • Prime95
  • CPU-Z
  • MSI Afterburner
  • HW Monitor

Testing will include two phases, one with the processor running at default frequencies and the other at 4.5 Ghz for both the Intel and AMD setups. Prime95 will be ran for 20 minutes, MSI Afterburner will be used to monitor and record temperature readings for the Intel setup and HW Monitor for the AMD setup. Ambient room temperature during the test is around 28C.

Results

Intel System Test Results

Stock

Overclocked

Both the coolers performed well with the stock settings but at overclocked settings, both coolers barely made it through the 20-minute Prime95 run and that’s with dual fans. With only a single fan, the coolers can’t complete the run without running into a BSOD. For the record, at overclocked settings one of the cores peaked at 87C during the run.

AMD System Test Results

As for the AMD tests, both coolers simply cannot tame an overclocked FX 8370. Goes to show that at overclocked settings weather AMD or Intel, you need at larger cooler with better heat dissipation.

Acoustics

For acoustics, the sound meter is placed around 5 inches away from the front of the cooler. Also note that our readings is using the dB scale, 54 dB = 26 dB(A).

Both coolers use the same fan model which is one of the NO series fans from ID cooling. I have to say in terms of acoustics, these aren’t really the most quiet I’ve heard but also not the one of the louder fans as well. So it is pretty much on the average but it is certainly quiet when ran at 5V spinning around 960 RPM as indicated in my fan controller. At 12V, the fans spins at 1860 RPM.

Let’s wrap up this review on the last page.



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