ID-Cooling Hunter VC-Twin CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


ID-Cooling are a name that are quickly growing in popularity. Having had many years of experience building CPU coolers of their own in Eastern markets, as well as working as the OEM for many popular brands, they’ve proven that they know a thing or two about CPU cooler production and design. We’ve seen some great products from them in the past here at eTeknix, and ID-Cooling have shown us that not only can they compete in terms of cooling performance, they can also do it as very affordable prices, so we’re eager to see what the VC-Twin has to offer today.

Equipped with support for all major socket types, new and old, as well as a max TDP of up to 200W, it’s certainly ticking a lot of boxes in terms of compatibility. The cooler has a vapor chamber design, with five incredibly thick 8mm heat pipes, as well as two aluminium fin stack cooling towers. On top of that, you’ll find two high-performance fans, a 120mm and a 140mm, which overall sounds like some pretty promising hardware for great cooling performance, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what’s on offer.

The packaging doesn’t give much away in terms of design, but the aggressive fonts certainly imply it’s a high-end product.

A good amount of care has gone into the packaging, with thick foam surrounding all major components.

In the box, you’ll find a universal backplate and mounting kits, all the usual bolts and screws, fan clips, fan Y-splitter, as well as a simple installation guide.

The two fans are very nice, and ID-Coolings own design. Both feature PWM connectors and anti-vibration rubber mounts on the corners.

The black and red theme looks quite cool too, and should match the plethora of black and red gaming hardware that’s already on the market.

ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L AIO Water Cooler Review

Introduction


ID-Cooling is quickly becoming a common name in western markets, having launched several very interesting products this year, many of which you can expect to see reviews of here at eTeknix, and some we’ve already covered, such as the Frostflow 120L, T60-SFX Chassis, IS Series Coolers and the SE 204K Cooler. ID-Cooling has won a few awards from us here at eTeknix and I’m certainly eager to see how their 240L stacks up against their own smaller 120L model and, of course, their competitors products.

Equipped support for every popular socket type you can think of, a TDP rating of up to 200W, a 240mm aluminium radiator, two high-quality fans and a ceramic bearing pump, the Frostflow 240L is certainly seems like a capable piece of hardware, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging is typical of what we’ve seen on other ID-Cooling products, keeping the same black and red theme that they often use, a nice image of the cooler, as well as some of the specifications on the front of the box.

Around the back, a little statement from ID-Cooling about the product.

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get it installed, including mounting kits for both AMD and Intel, as well as a universal backplate.

There are two high-quality PWM fans included, which are ID-Coolings own design. We tested this fan model on the 120L review and they really are great fans, lots of airflow, very little noise. There’s also a Y-split fan cable in the box to help you save on motherboard fan headers.

The radiator is a slim-style 240mm design. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s not exactly unattractive either. Most radiators look the same these days and the 240L is no exception, although that’s not a bad thing.

The hoses are covered with a durable weave, this adds a little flair to the design, keeps the pipes flexible, but also increases their durability.

This is an AIO unit, so naturally the pump is pre-fixed to the radiator. The hoses are of a good length, making it ideal for those who have a larger chassis.

The hoses are mounted to the side of the pump with a pivot mount, giving them great manoeuvrability, something that should greatly improve the installation process. The top of the pump has LED lighting around the edge, giving your spinning red light effect that’s reminiscent of the Knight Rider Kit lighting.

There’s a large copper contact plate on the base of the cooler, which should provide excellent coverage over your CPU.

ID-Cooling Frostflow 120L AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


I’m sure a lot of our readers haven’t heard of ID-Cooling before, as they’ve been a dominant brand in eastern markets for a while, even doing a lot of OEM work for other brands. However, all that is quickly changing and they’re new products have been pinging our radar for a while now and gaining interest in the PC building community, so we couldn’t wait to put them to the test. Their latest AIO water cooler is the Frostflow 120L, perfect for those who want to take an adventure into water cooling, without the headaches or the high-cost and maintenance of custom loop cooling.

The 120L is reasonably well equipped, with a 120mm radiator and fan design, which ensures compatibility with a huge amount of chassis products, a nice quality aluminium construction radiator, copper cold plate and a ceramic bearing pump.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a clear image of the cooler and the LED lighting on the front, as well as a quick run-down of the main specifications.

Around the back, a nice quote from ID-Cooling that gives a little more information about the product.

In the box, you’ll find all the things you need to get things installed. This includes high-quality mounting screws, a universal backplate, AMD and Intel brackets, as well as a small tube of thermal paste.

The included fan is one of ID-Cooling’s own designs, and that’s no bad thing as this is one great looking fan! The fins have ridges to help better direct the airflow and there are rubber anti-vibration pads on each of the mounting corners.

The fan comes fitted with a 4-pin PWM connector.

The radiator is a slim design, which means it’s likely not as well suited to high-end overclocking, but it does mean it’ll be more compatible with compact chassis designs while only requiring a single fan to dissipate heat.

The radiator isn’t ugly, but it is a fairly standard all-black design and that means it should blend in with your build with ease.

The tubing is really nice, with a tight weave coating that leaves it flexible, but very durable.

The pump is nice and compact, with a stylish red LED array on the top and a small ID logo in the middle.

The copper base plate is very nicely finished, with a large and flat contact surface that should fit nicely over your CPU of choice. The pipes are mounted using pivot fittings, allowing you more maneuverability and this should ease the installation process.

ID-Cooling T60-SFX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review

Introduction


ID-cooling are a relatively new player in the PC component market, but so far, we’ve seen some great cooling products from them and I’m eager to see how their first ever chassis stacks up against the competition. With a competitive price and promising high-end build quality courtesy of its pure aluminium casing, the T60-SFX sound like an attractive product for those looking at a mini-ITX gaming system.

Space is limited inside this chassis, but with the rise in popularity of mini-ITX form factor graphics cards, SFX power supplies and more, fitting a competent gaming system into a chassis of this size isn’t as tricky as it used to be. You’ll find there’s just enough room for a few hard drives, a reasonably sized graphics card and, of course, a mini-ITX motherboard and SFX PSU.

First impressions are very good, as the chassis is made from thick aluminium panels with a stealthy matte finish. The side panel is held in place by four large thumb screws, allowing for tool-free access to the interior. There’s also a good amount of ventilation, some to the rear of the PSU and a strip at the bottom that will help the GPU.

The same panel design around the back, helping further enhance the overall airflow, but no doubt sacrificing some sound proofing qualities at the same time.

The front panel houses even more ventilation at the bottom, as well as that rather funky looking power button and some USB 3.0 ports at the top. One glaring omission, however, is the lack of HD audio jacks, so you’ll have to rely on your motherboard’s rear I/O connectors.

Around the back, you can quickly appreciate how small this chassis is by looking at the motherboard I/O cut-out! There’s a small 92mm fan at the back to help with cooling, a pair of expansion slots and finally, the AC passthrough cable, as the PSU mounts towards the front of the chassis.

There’s even more ventilation on the base of the chassis, which is a good thing for your GPU considering the small capacity of the chassis and the fact it only supports a single fan, so you’ll be relying on passive airflow for the most part.

ID-Cooling Launches Hunter VC-Twin CPU Cooler

ID-Cooling has announced the Hunter VC-Twin CPU cooler which adopts a D-Shape dual fin-stack design and features twin thermal-grade anti-oxidation coated aluminium fin stacks. The heat is dissipated by five 8mm thick copper heatpipes which work alongside a vapor-chamber plate. This makes direct contact with the CPU and helps to reduce load temperatures. 

The cooler is bundled with two fans, a 120mm intake and 140mm conveyor which sits between the fin-stacks. Both fans are capable of PWM control to alter the RPM values. The 120mm operates between 800-1800 RPM and produces 60.7 CFM with a noise output range of 16.2-29.92 dBA. Additionally, the 140mm fan spins between 800-1600 RPM and reaches a maximum airflow of 76.8 CFM. In terms of noise, the 140mm fan ranges between 16.8-32.6 dBA. On this default setup, the maximum fan noise could become quite loud but should offer an excellent level of performance. Thankfully, PWM control allows you to alter the values to your individual taste.

When it comes to dimensions, the cooler measures a total of 123 mm x 153 mm x 160 mm (LxWxH) and weighs 1418g. The product supports every modern CPU socket on the market including LGA2011v3, LGA115x, AM3+ and FM2+. From an aesthetics standpoint, the cooler’s black heatsink and red accents on the fans look absolutely stunning. When combined with a traditional black and red gaming theme, the end result is superb.

Sadly, ID-Cooling hasn’t released a retail price yet, but we will certainly keep you updated when this information arises.

ID-Cooling FrostFlow 240L AIO CPU Cooler Announced

The latest cooler from ID-Cooling has just been revealed! Their new FrostFlow 240L all-in-one liquid CPU cooler is designed to handle high thermal loads of up to 200W, so it should be more than powerful enough to cool virtually any high-end and overclocked CPU. The cooler will support all major sockets, including LGA2011v3, LGA115x, AM and FM sockets.

The FrostFlow comes with a 27mm thick 240mm radiator, with 120mm fan support. There are two fans pre-installed, which can operate from 800 to 2000RPM, although it’s unlikely you’ll ever need to push the fans that high, it certainly couldn’t hurt if you’re using the cooler to run some benchmarks and need that extra headroom. The 27mm thick radiator design should mean that the cooler is compatible with a wide range of chassis. The pump is set to run at a constant 2500RPM and has a rated noise output of 25dB and an MTBF rating of 50,000 hours.

The pump comes built into the CPU block and features a “comet-tail” LED fitting, which should add some cool pattern effects for those who like that sort of thing.

No word on pricing or release date just yet, but we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

ID-COOLING Released Their Hunter Duet AIO Liquid CPU and GPU Cooler

All in one Liquid coolers for your CPU and GPU have been around for a while now, but this is the first time that we see a combined unit that does both. ID-COOLING officially released the world’s first integrated AIO cooler for both the CPU and GPU with one radiator and a two-pump design. The new cooler is named Hunter Duet and is part of ID-COOLING’s Frostflow series.

The Hunter Duet is equipped with a 240mm radiator and comes with a pair of SF-12025 high static pressure fans. The fans are RPM controlled and can run between 800 and 2000 RPM for a maximum airflow of 84.5CFM each. The fans also come with rubber mounts on the corners to prevent vibrations between fans and radiator.

The pumps feature LED lighting on the top, the bearing type is ceramic, and the pump speed is set to 2500 RPM. The copper base contacts the CPU and GPU with a microfiber design to increase the heat dissipation surface. The water block has a diameter of 65mm and a height of 36mm.

The tubing is made from EPDM Rubber and from the CPU to the GPU block and from CPU to the radiator, the tubes are 25cm long. Between the GPU and the radiator you get a bit more length as the tubing is 38cm here, clearly indicating a design for a top mount of the radiator.

The universal mounting brackets included with the Hunter Duet is compatible with Intel LGA2011/1366/1150/1155/1156/775 & AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3(+)/AM2(+) CPUs. For GPU, the mounting kit supports mounting holes 58.4*58.4mm; 53.3*53.3mm; 51*61mm. The MSRP is set at $139.99.

ID-Cooling SE 204K CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

ID-Cooling Booth @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: We’re here at the ID Cooling booth and they’ve got a fantastic range of new products to show the world. First up, their new PSUs, all fairly self explanatory, offering a range of power levels, modular cables and more. We expect we’ll see more of these in Western markers very soon.

A good range of coolers on show, especially their low profile coolers, which offer great solutions for HTPC use and even some that are slim enough for SFF chassis and rack mount solutions.

This one is pretty special, not only because of the matte finish, but because it uses a six heat-pipe design and a vapour chamber cooling solution. ID Cooling say this cooler is very powerful and we’re really looking forward to reviewing it later this year.

This new chassis, which currently has no name, is expected to launch later this year. What’s incredible is that it’s crazy thin! Yet ID Coolings own water cooling kit, an AIO unit, still fits in there, both on the GPU and the CPU, giving extreme cooling performance for such a slim system.

Here you can see the cooling solution they mounted in the chassis above, a dual block 240mm AIO, perfect for those that want minimal fuss water cooling.

ID-COOLING Announced IS-VC45 Vapor Chamber SFF CPU Cooler

Cooling SFF and other compact systems isn’t always an easy task and as such it’s great to see ID-COOLING releasing their newly developed Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler for Mini-ITX system, the IS-VC45.

Small form factor PCs get more and more powerful with each generation and along comes the need for better cooling solutions to squeeze out that extra performance and prevent thermal throttling. With a vapor chamber base to draw heat immediately from the processor, the tiny IS-VC45 is able to handle CPUs with TDP up to 130W. And it only measures 94×92×45mm so this cooler can fit into pretty much any mini-ITX systems just as easy as any stock cooler.

The IS-VC45 is built with high-density aluminium fins that are soldered to the vapor chamber base. It comes equipped with a slim 92mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan that has a variable speed between 600 and 2500RPM (14.0-33.0dBA) with PWM function.

The 330gram heavy cooler supports Intel Socket LGA1150/1155/1156 and Socket LGA2011 and comes with metal screws and backplate for secure mounting.

Thanks to ID-COOLING for providing us with this information

ID-Cooling Announces T60-SFX Mini Gaming Case

ID-COOLING have just released their latest mini chassis, the Mini Case T60-SFX in their Mini-ITX Series. As an old manufacturer of cooling products, ID-COOLING developed V.C.V.P. technology for CPU Coolers. Silencer-ITX is their first compact case in the form of passive solution for silence lovers.

The new Mini Case T60-SFX is also featuring compact design. Although small, this case is able to accommodate one SFX power supply, Mini-ITX motherboard, tower CPU cooler height less than 124mm, and dual-slot VGA card up to 260mm. As to hard disk, you can mount one 3.5″ HDD and two 2.5″ HDD/SSD at most. There’s one 92mm fan included on the rear as a pull-out fan.

Made of aluminium, net weight is 3kg, easy to move around. Overall dimension is 310 mm x 252 mm x 128 mm. The MSRP for this Mini Gaming Case is $79.99.

New Brand “ID-Cooling” Entering European PC Cooling Market

ID-Cooling are a new brand in Europe founded by “Shenzhen Wan Jing Hua Technology co., Ltd.” of China. They are looking to make an entrance into the European PC hardware market manufacturing cooling products. They apparently have a long history of making business and OEM cooling products, for 10 years. They were present at Computex 2013 and they have announce four series of CPU coolers. Strangely the product segmentations are represented by Scandinavian flags.

  • Finland is graced by high-end cooling – FI series
  • The high/mid-range is under the Swedish banner – SE series
  • Iceland is going to be thin down-draft coolers – IS series
  • And Denmark will represent the traditional “open cooler” style – DK series

Unfortunately they didn’t disclose names and details of products but you can see more at their website here.

Information will come next month when they release their products to the EU market. Hopefully we will be able to bring you guys some reviews and see how this new player on the block performs. There are exciting times in the cooling market as both ID-Cooling and Raijintek are joining the market after public displays at Computex 2013.

Images courtesy of ID-Cooling