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ID-Cooling’s Auraflow 240 CPU Cooler offers Liquid Cooling with RGB Visual Effect designed for Gaming & Overclocking

ID-Cooling’s Auraflow 240 CPU Cooler offers Liquid Cooling with RGB Visual Effect designed for Gaming & Overclocking

ID-COOLING is the cooling solution provider for many motherboard and VGA card brands for over 10 years. The company is specialized in CPU air cooler, CPU water cooler, VGA cooler, built-in cooling case, computer case fans, server cooler.

RGB lighting has become universal within the DIY PC community, crossing markets from those who build show systems to those who only want a computer that works well. The latter group can still find a wide variety of unlit cooling components, but those who love the show will be happy to find that an increasing number of devices are synchronizing RGB controls to a single software package.

Technical Specifications

Compatibility Intel LGA2011/1366/1151/1150/1155/1156/775
 AMD AM4/FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
 TDP 200W
 Radiator Dimension 274×120×27mm
 Radiator Material Aluminum
 Tube Material Premium Sleeved Tubing
 Tube Length 315mm
 Waterblock Dimension 68×65×36mm
 Cold Plate Material Copper
 Pump Current 0.25A
 Pump  2100RPM
 Pump Bearing Ceramic Bearing
 Pump Life Expectancy 50,000 Hrs
 Pump Noise Level 25dB(A)
 Fan Dimension 120×120×25mm
 Included Fans 2pcs
 Fan Speed 700~1800RPM
 Max. Air Flow 74.5CFM
 Max. Static Pressure 2.15mmH2O
 Noise 18~35.2dB(A)
 Rated Voltage 12VDC
 Operating Voltage 10.8~13.2VDC
 Started Voltage 7VDC
 Rated Current 0.25A
 Power Input 3W
 Bearing Type Hydraulic Bearing


ID-Cooling integrates the name ‘Aura’ to let everyone know that the Auraflow 240 works with Asus’ synchronization software, but the common 4- RGB input is likewise found on everything from ASRock to MSI motherboards. The Auraflow’s lighting synchronization comes at a $20 price premium compared with ID-Cooling’s previously-tested Frostflow 240L, but that’s probably a worthwhile expense to anyone who really needs all their lighted devices to change colors, pulse, or flash in unison. ID-Cooling includes a molex to R/G/B color-select adapter for those buyers still stuck with a board that lacks RGB control output, but then there’s that little matter of $20.

The box also includes a 4-way RGB splitter cable to control up to three fans and the head unit’s lighting simultaneously, although synching in that fashion eliminates the chase pattern available on some other products. Mounting hardware for modern AMD and Intel square-ILM patterns (excluding TR4) is also included, along with a tube of ID-Cooling’s silver thermal paste.

The Auraflow 240 head unit includes a lighted pump and satin-finished copper base. Intel side brackets are screwed on at the factory, and alternative brackets for AMD’s 4-bolt rectangular patterns are packed with the rest of the installation kit.

ID-Cooling’s CPU support plate is bolted onto the back using long and thin carriage screws and threaded spacers. Fiber washers are provided to prevent the spacers from scratching the motherboard’s face. Fortunately, a simpler set of threaded standoffs screw into the integrated support plates of LGA 2011, 2011-v3, and 2066 motherboards.

Four thumb nuts secure the head unit’s side brackets to either standoffs (LGA 20xx) or carriage screws (everything else), then fans screw onto the radiator, and the radiator is screwed to a case panel. RGB connections are simplified using alignment arrows that indicate the position of Pin 1.

Pros:

  • Standard motherboard RGB inputs for fan and pump lighting
  • Good cooling to noise ratio when set to half speed
  • Three Year Warranty

Cons:

  • Mediocre thermal performance
  • Noisy at full fan speed

The three similarly-sized closed-loop coolers for the Auraflow 240 are Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240, RGB and the fast spinning ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L. The Captain 240EX RGB uses its own controller and an LED strip to cast RGB lighting asynchronously to the rest of a build. Both units feature RGB pump lighting. Top cooling performance came from ID-Cooling’s previously-tested Frostflow 240L. Unlike that sample, the Auraflow 240 past the competing MasterLiquid Pro 240 toward the worst thermal reading. The MasterLiquid Pro 240 justified its thermal results with low noise.

The Auraflow 240’s fans spin slower than the second-hottest cooler, the MasterLiquid Pro 240. On the other hand, its 1800 RPM rating is matched by the 1800 RPM measured in the cool- Captain 240EX RGB. Cooler performance leadership was set by the Frostflow 240L, but that cooler was also the noisiest. Second place thermals went to the Captain 240EX RGB, and that cooler should have been the second noisiest. The Auraflow 240 disrupts the temperature-to-noise scale by being both the hottest and second-noisiest cooler when comparing the full-speed results of all four, yet also manages to be the second quietest at half speed.

A comparison of temperature and noise puts this into a better perspective: At full force, the Frostflow 240L’s temperature win was smaller than its noise loss. On the other hand, its temperature-to-noise ratio was relatively good at half speed. Today’s Auraflow 240 is nearly on par with its predecessor in acoustic efficiency.

The RGB hardware adds nothing to the performance side of the equation. But it is nice to see how the expense of these added parts affects the Auraflow 240 and Captain 240EX RGB slightly differently. The Gamer Storm cooler comes with more hardware (an RGB controller), while the Auraflow 240’s lack of that hardware allows it to instead synchronize with other motherboard-controlled RGB components.

The most amazing thing is how the MasterLiquid Pro 240 wins the price-to-performance battle even though it was never given any value award. Cooler Master radically lowered the price of that model immediately following our review, where it narrowly escaped award candidacy. The Auraflow 240 is reasonable for buyers who are willing to pay up to $30 to get an RGB-lit pump cover and fans synchronized to their other RGB components through motherboard headers.

Credits: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/id-cooling-auraflow-240-rgb-cpu-cooler,5275-2.html

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