While still considered a relative newcomer to the PC-cooling market, ID-Cooling has really started to put pressure on its competitors. With releases like the SE-914-XT and SE-224-XT, they have shown they can offer top-tier performance for your dollar. The company has also expanded into numerous regions and stepped up its game by delivering a diverse portfolio of cooling products. In addition, each revision of a product or new product release has shown new improvements or additional features. Suffice it to say, if they keep that up, I expect they will continue to grow at a rapid pace.
Today's review focuses on the ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Black. As the name implies, it is an all-black design that features dual-tower designs with two 120 mm fans and the option to install a third. While not quite as big as the true heavyweight air-cooling monster towers from Noctua, be quiet!, Deepcool, etc., this more affordable option looks to take them on from a value standpoint. But it is not alone in that regard as the Scythe Fuma 2 is similar in size and value, making it the SE-207-XT's main competitor in this segment.
Material: Aluminium (fins) Copper (heat pipes) Dimensions: 144 x 122 x 157 mm (with fan) Heat pipes: Ø6 mm - 7 pcs Weight: 1300g (with all accessories)
Model: No model number listed Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm Fan Speed: 700–1800 RPM Fan Airflow: 76.16 CFM (maximum) Fan Noise: 15.2–35.2 dBA
Full copper base Black coated micro wave heatsink fins Dual PWM fans Compatible with memory up to 50 mm tall 280-watt TDP
Much like other ID-Cooling products, the packaging keeps the familiar black and orange scheme. The font is the SE-207-XT Black in all its glory, with nothing else to see but its hulking form. A quick turn to the left side of the box gives a quick rundown of its features, including its silent operation, easy installation, black coating, etc., along with the TDP, which ID-Cooling lists as 280 watts. Also listed here are the supported sockets, which have been paired down. Unfortunately, the SE-207-XT only supports Socket AM4 on AMD, while on Intel, support for LGA775 and LGA1366 has been dropped. Not a big deal, it is something to keep in mind if you're playing around with older hardware. Meanwhile, the backside has the cooler's specifications, including the overall dimensions, fan RPM range, CFM, etc.
The right side has images that detail the cooler's dimensions, but oddly missing is the cooler's height; however, it is listed in the specifications table and, as such, not a huge omission. Finally, the top has the product name and nothing else.
The cooler comes with the fans pre-mounted and packed in some foam. As for the universal mounting hardware, it is placed in a separate, smaller box. While not the best packaging I have seen, there is no wasted space here, and the cooler arrived safe and sound, which is, as you might guess, a plus.
Socket support is quite robust even with the removal of older sockets. AM4 is AMD's current mainstream socket and has been for years. Meanwhile, Intel's LGA775 is long since dead, and LGA1366 is long in the tooth, so to speak. As such, the absence of AM2, AM3, and the previously mentioned Intel sockets isn't a huge deal.