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.
|Socket Support:||Intel: LGA1200, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, and LGA2066
|Heatsink:||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)
|Fan:||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
|Features:||Full copper base
Black coated micro wave heatsink fins
Dual PWM fans
Compatible with memory up to 50 mm tall
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.
Common parts supplied for mounting include:
- 6x Fan clips
- 4x AMD screws
- 4x Plastic standoffs
- 4x Nuts
- 4x LGA2011/2066 screws
- 2x Intel mounting plates
- 2x AMD mounting plate
- 2x 120 mm fans
- 1x Intel backplate
- 1x 3-way PWM fan splitter cable
- 1x Heatsink
- 1x Tube of thermal paste
- 1x Instruction manual
- 1x ID-Cooling badge
A Closer Look
While quite large compared to more contemporary single-tower coolers, the ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Black is still quite hefty and similar in size to the Scythe Fuma 2. Unlike the Fuma 2, the SE-207-XT has seven instead of six heat pipes, which should result in better heat transfer and thus performance, but as data has shown in the past, that is not always the case. In regards to the fin design, they are relatively simple, with a visible sawtooth-like pattern.
The all-black design is similar to the Montech Air Cooler 210 and previous Enermax offerings. It certainly gives the cooler a stealthier appearance since it should blend in on darker motherboards and inside a black chassis. So if you wanted to draw attention to a different component, the SE-207-XT Black could certainly help there. As for the dual fin-stacks, they are comprised of 44 aluminium fins each.
The seven heat pipes are connected to the solid copper base, which on our sample was pretty damn flat, and a bit of a surprise. As for the base, since it doesn’t have a finish of any kind, the machining marks are visible, but small enough to be imperceptible to the touch. Obviously, the smoother the surface, the better, but I am not about to split hairs as I have seen coolers with mirror finishes that performed terribly, while HDT coolers (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) with huge gaps performed exceptionally well.
When it comes to the fans, they are generic 120 mm offerings with an RPM range of 700 to 1800. The model number is ID-12025M12S.
As is the norm for installing a cooler on Socket AM4, you will need to remove the plastic retention brackets. To do this, unscrew the two screws securing each one in place. Next, keep the AMD backplate on the board and then position the plastic spacers over the mounting holes. Once done, place the screw through the mounting arm, slide it through the plastic spacer, and secure it to the backplate. Honestly, a screw pillar setup would be easier and require less effort, but it seems I am talking to a wall in that regard. Still, once the mounting hardware is fully secured, you can apply the thermal paste.
For the next step, you will need to remove the fans from the cooler to access the retention screws. Once ready, line the cooler up with the mounting brackets before securing it by alternating between the two screws. With the cooler firmly seated, it’s time to reinstall the fans and connect the wiring.
As noted above, on AM4, the installation process could be improved. Depending on your situation, holding the AMD motherboard backplate in place while also holding together the mounting brackets with screws and spacers is not ideal. The use of friction-fit spacers on the screws would make the process a great deal easier without too much trouble and is a solution for some companies. Another option would be threaded standoffs. Meanwhile, on Intel, the process is exceptionally easy. The backplate is ready to go; slide it onto the board, position the spacers on it, attach the mounting arms, and secure them in place. The process after that remains the same.
That said, when it comes to the installation instructions, ID-Cooling’s videos are spot on, but the included manual referenced brackets that didn’t exist for AM4, and honestly, whoever gave the green light to that manual likely needs to pay far more attention. Normally, manuals are pretty simple and serve their purpose, and therefore, I don’t touch on them all that much, but the errors here are egregious.