As I complete the ShopzadaPHPCBuild which I am currently working on slowly by upgrading one part at a time due to budget restrictions, I’ve now decided that it’s time to upgrade my CPU cooler. The reason being is that I can not maximize the potential of my processor due to thermal issues using the stock cooler. As I mentioned in my article here, I had to turn off XFR and cripple my processor’s speed just to get decent temps. Today, we’re going to fix that.
In this article, we are going to take a look at the ID-Cooling Frostflowx 240 AIO. I picked this up because it is currently one of the cheapest 240mm AIO out in the market for around 2900 pesos or 55 USD. I’m going to compare this with the stock cooler of my Ryzen 5 2600x as well as an aftermarket air cooler.
MY EARLY BREAKDOWN
Radiator Dimension: 276×120×27mm
Radiator Material: Aluminum
Tube Material: Premium Sleeved Tubing
Tube Length: 400mm
Waterblock Dimension: 72x72x47.3mm
Cold Plate Material: Copper
Pump Current: 0.36A
Pump Speed: 2100±10%RPM
Pump Life Expectancy: 50,000 Hrs
Pump Noise Level: 25dB(A)
Included Fans: 2pcs
Fan Speed: 700～1800±10%RPM
Max. Air Flow: 74.5CFM
Max. Static Pressure: 2.15mmH2O
Rated Voltage: 12VDC
Operating Voltage: 10.8～13.2VDC
Started Voltage: 7VDC
Rated Current: 0.2A
Power Input: 2.4W
Bearing Type: Hydraulic Bearing
WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE
Inside the plastic we also have a rather small ID-Cooling thermal paste, I assume this is only good for one or two application basing from its size.
We also have a fan splitter so that you can connect both the radiator fans on a single fan header.
The pump to tube connection is rotatable at some degrees and the tube itself is nicely braided.
Into the benchmarks, let’s start off with Cinebench R1
Now with the Frostflowx AIO, with an ambient temperature of 34 degrees, the minimum temperature is only 38.8 degrees with a maximum temperature of 68.9 degrees and an average temperature of 51.8
Now the main reason I decided to upgrade my CPU cooler is because of its benefits when it comes to video editing, as you can see below, rendering a 6-minute 1080p video on premiere pro gives a hard hit on my Ryzen 5 2600x using just the stock cooler with a maximum temperature of 88.3 degrees and an average of 65.6 throughout the process.
On the other hand, both the Noctua NH-U12s and the Frostflowx AIO gives the processor a little bit of breathing room with the maximum temperature topping at around 71-73 degrees and an average of 60-61 degrees.
For good measure, I also tested these coolers for gaming with the built-in benchmark of the Assassins Creed Origins at 1080p ultra settings
The Noctua NH-U12s gives us a minimum temperature of 42.3 degrees, a maximum temperature of 65.6 degrees with an average of 55.3 degrees
Graphics card’s temps with front mounted AIO
And lastly, before we end our benchmarks as I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve also monitored the temperature of my graphics card which is a Zotac 1070 mini to see if there is a significant thermal effect when mounting an AIO in front of a case. Because in theory, which most people believe, mounting an AIO in front will greatly increase the temperature of the graphics card, because it will pull hot air away from the radiator towards the inside. but is it really the case?
Now to conclude, if you’re looking for a budget 240mm AIO that performs quite decently, the ID-Cooling FrostFlowX is definitely a good option. The performance is obviously way better than the stock cooler and allowing my Ryzen 5 2600x to boost all the way to 4.2ghz anytime it wants is definitely worth the upgrade. The build quality and design is decent, although the lack of RGB may become a limitation in terms of matching themes. On the other hand, it may be a good option for those who want their build to be a little bit simpler and more discreet. The only major downside I see on this is my issue with the pump’s 0 reading on my MSI B450M Mortar motherboard which may be an isolated case, other than that, overall, it’s very easy to recommend this one especially at its competitive price of less than 3000 pesos or 55 USD.
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LAZADA: ID-Cooling FrostFlow X 240 AIO
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