ID-Cooling’s SE-207-XT is a seven-heatpipe, dual-tower attack on big air cooling with a name that makes it hard to remember — but that could all change soon. Using a pair of 120mm cooling fans with no RGB capability, the SE-207-XT is a menacing matte black, offering a no-nonsense approach for system builders looking for a hidden PC.
The SE-207-XT isn’t quite as big as some of the giant heatpipe coolers we’ve seen in recent years. And while it’s true it won’t jump to the top of our cooling charts, it’s not that far behind the leaders either. This makes the SE-207-XT a great mid-range, budget-priced, large air cooler for those seeking the cooling benefits of a massive CPU cooling tower, while focusing most of their build budget on other components.
ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Specifications
|Height||6.125″ / 155.6mm|
|Width||4.88″ / 124mmmm|
|Depth||4.0″ / 101.6mm (5.63″ / 143mm with fans)|
|Assy. offset||0.0 (centered), 1.0″ / 25.4 mm with front fan)|
|fans||(2) 120 x 25mm|
|Connectors||(2) 4-pin PWM|
|Weight||40.1oz / 1138g|
|Intel sockets||115x, 1200, 2011, 2066|
Features of ID-Cooling SE-207-XT
The SE-207-XT comes with a modest set of mounting hardware for most current AMD and Intel desktop CPU sockets. The Intel backplane comes with mounting posts pre-assembled, making it very strong and eliminating the tedious mounting steps normally associated with setting up a backplane. A third set of spring wire clips is included and can be used to give the cooler an extra fan for a push/pull/pull configuration if you feel like it. Likewise, an included 3-way PWM splitter is ready to handle the standard 2 fan setup out of the box, or that triple fan layout.
An included syringe with ID-TG25 (ID-Cooling) thermal compound means system builders don’t have to order a tube of thermal paste or make the extra trip back to your local electronics store.
ID-Cooling covers the SE-207-XT with a 2-year warranty.
The SE-207-XT uses seven copper heatpipes that snake through 44 individually stacked cooling fins on each remote tower. The heat pipes are offset for dissipation and airflow through each cooling tower and collect at the base in the solid cantilever mounting bracket. The cooling fins on each cooling tower allow air to flow both straight through and out the sides of the tower, rather than directing the air all the way through the cooler.
The solid base collects the seven heatpipes and encapsulates them in the cantilevered mounting plate with a machined copper base to make direct contact with the CPU IHS. The machine screws on the mounting plate are permanently attached and aligned over the mounting bars, which are attached to the mounting locations of the motherboard socket hardware. The mounting screws help align the SE-207-XT when it’s time to cock the cooler and complete the installation process, which we’ll describe shortly.
The base of the SE-207-XT is milled perfectly flat as no visible ambient light can be seen between a steel ruler and the milled copper base plate. In addition, from this angle, the offset of the heat pipes and the fixed turnbuckles can be seen a little more clearly.
The SE-207-XT’s base allows for consistent spreading of the thermal compound during installation and seems a bit more ‘sticky’ to the remaining MX-4 compound than usual, although nothing alarming.
The cooling for the SE-207-XT comes from a pair of included 120mm ID-Cooling ID-12025M12S series, 4-pin PWM fans up to 1800 RPM and 76.1 CFM. These fans also feature rubber noise dampening mounting pads on each corner of both sides and utilize a hydraulic bearing.
During installation, mounting crossmembers are mounted on top of the SE-207-XT’s plastic offsets to the rear plate mounting posts. And sturdy cap nuts keep everything firmly on the motherboard. The center of the image shows the turnbuckles attached to the studs on the mounting crossbars, which help align the cooler directly over the CPU and simplify installation.
Once the SE-207-XT is mounted, each of the 120mm PWM fans is attached to the cooler to move airflow from right to left to the rear case fan, creating a direct air duct through the cooling tower. While the positioning of the fan on the cooler can be adjusted via the spring clips to accommodate larger memory DIMM modules, keep in mind that RAM height can be an issue in some cases where those RAM sticks can cause interference directly below the cooling tower itself.