ID-Cooling SE-224-RGB Air Cooler Review
Mike Sanders / 7 months ago
A Closer Look
The radiator design has a nice and solid appeal to it. Without a doubt the first thing that catches your eye in the manner in which the silver contrasts to well against the heavy black top cover.
The top itself has a very nice aesthetic presentation with the white trim working well against the black background. This is, of course, one of the main key areas of the RGB lighting and as such, when turned on, both the logo and RGB strips to the side will give a nice solid presentation.
A matter of some curiosity is the ‘wave effect’ pattern that ID-Cooling has given to the fins. Exactly why they have done this is unclear. They certainly don’t mention much about it in the manual. One has to therefore presume that it’s either designed to help the airflow or just to give it a pleasing appearance on the eye.
Overall, and surprisingly for a air cooler radiator, there is more than enough going on here in the design to make us confident that this should tick both the boxes in terms of appearance and performance.
Surprisingly, the contact plate for the ID-Cooling SE-224-RGB has a 4 heat-pipe design which should allow for excellent heat dissipation to the radiator. We should note, however, that there is something of an optical illusion going on the image below as it looks like 5! Trust us though, it’s 4.
The contact plate itself is nice and large and it is somewhat unusual given that the heat pipes are clearly visible. It’s usually more common to see these (or more accurately not see these) obscured beneath the contact plate itself. Whether this will be good or not will, of course, require some testing!
The cooler it provided with an ID-Cooling design fan which, like the radiator itself, comes with RGB lighting effects. On the whole there isn’t a huge amount to say about the design. It looks solid and reliable (which is good) but offers little in terms of aesthetics while the lights are off.
With a rated speed of up to 2000RPM that is clearly pretty fast and with a 56.5CFM, it can clearly move a decent amount of air. It is at least reassuring that if required, this fan can clearly get that air moving which is, of course, more than a little important.
When assembled, the ID-Cooling SE-224-RGB represents a very solid looking design and, on the whole, despite it’s rather small size, it does manage to look more than a little imposing.
As can be seen in the picture below, it does have a surprisingly slim design. This should ensure that you should never experience any issues with ram compatibility or clearance, even if you decided to fit a 2nd fan to it (which is possible).
As we noted earlier as well, the silver, black and white highlight design makes this look rather attractive even with the RGB lights are not turned on.
The RGB lighting as well looks excellent when turned on. As such, on the whole, so far this cooler is ticking a lot of the right boxes. How is it to install and when operating though? – Lets find out!