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ID-Cooling SE 204K CPU Cooler Review



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Introduction


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ID-Cooling are a relatively new playing in the PC component market, having expanded from their China originals just two years ago to tackle the European market. A few weeks ago, we stopped by their booth at Computex 2015 to see what products they have on offer and I was pleasantly surprised to see they’ve got some competitive looking products to offer. Today, I take a much closer look as I test our first ever ID-Cooling sample, the SE 204K CPU cooler.

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The packaging on the SE 204K is nicely designed, with an image of the cooler on the box, as well as a run down of the main specifications such as the 150W and its gaming theme; I think they’re referring to the black and red design.

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In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. There are two sets of fan retention clips, a universal backplate, Intel and AMD mounting plates, a fan and a small tube of thermal grease.

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The fan is really nicely designed. The black body of the fan is given some extra flair thanks to the red highlights, which also double as anti-vibration pads.

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The fan has a 7 blade design which are custom shaped to help better direct the airflow and reduce turbulence. The 120mm fan has a hydraulic bearing and a PWM 4-pin connector.

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The cooling tower is nice and slim, so RAM compatibility should be very high, even with the fan installed.

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The black nickel finish looks great and overall build quality of the fin stack is very good and feels durable, especially so for a cooler of this size.

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There are four 8mm heat pipes which pass through the cooler in a “U” shape, so we should see some impressive heat transfer from the 204K

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The four 8mm heat pipes are soldered to the polished copper base, which should help further enhance the heat transfer process. The base plate is nicely polished too, so it’ll be easy to get a clean fit over your CPU.

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