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While ID-Cooling may have more recently been focusing on their AIO liquid cooler designs, that doesn’t mean to say that they have forgotten their more basic roots of proving a cost-effecting solution via the air-cooling category.
Admittedly, air coolers are getting somewhat unfashionable these days. With the SE-224-RGB, however, ID-Cooling has looked to bring a lot of modern features to remind us that air-cooling is still a more than viable option for PC builds!
Representing the latest release from their SE line of products, the SE-224-RGB features (as the name would suggest) RGB lighting, but with a sync capable design to ensure that in conjunction with all your other RGB, this can be a nice new addition to the party!
For more in-depth specifications, please visit the official product page via the link here!
ID-Cooling has often taken a very basic approach to packaging. Being an air-cooler after all, there isn’t a lot you need to know about this product. Placing a nice clear view of the cooler on the front of the box work, however, beyond this there is very little details.
You are told the motherboards in which the sync RGB lighting can work with, the compatible processor sockets, and you are also given some (exceptionally cramped) specifications to the rear. On the whole, while it is simplistic, it does tell you (nearly) everything you need to know.
Supporting a solid range of processor sockets from both Intel and AMD you are given all the accessories you need out of the box to ensure you can get this fitted to your system.
A nice addition is the inclusion of a manual controller for the RGB lighting. This is exceptionally useful (in fact, required) if your motherboard doesn’t support RGB sync lighting.
The parts are well organised and as such should provide you with no difficulty in getting this ready for installation.
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!