Since the time we started reviewing air coolers, I know to myself that the next time around, we’ll be reviewing AIO liquid coolers, too. With that said, we managed to get our hands on the ID-Cooling AURAFLOW X 360 Snow Edition AIO Liquid Cooler, to which we’ll have our review and thoughts, revealed.
With our pursuit for better thermals and aesthetics at the same time, will this AIO become a part of your build? Let’s find out.
What’s in the box?
ID-Cooling’s box for the Snow Edition of this cooler looks a bit confusing as they still print the cooler on the box with black color, although there’s a small white version printed on the side that indicates it is the white version (snow edition) of the cooler. But I guess that’s not very small for someone to miss on.
The box shows important details about the cooler, including the specifications, measurements, compatible sockets and compatible RGB platforms (ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light and Gigabyte RGB Fusion). The cooler can also be connected to any four-pin RGB header for illumination, if your motherboard has it, or directly to the PSU thru its included adaptor.
Inside the box, you’ll be greeted with the AIO itself, as well as included accessories such as
ID-Cooling did a pretty good job in packaging the components inside the box, as they had everything individually boxed or wrapped and they are laid out well for easy organization, even in the future.
Design and Build Impressions
Taking a closer look, we will dive in first on the included fans. Being a 360mm cooler, of course, it’ll be shipped with 3x 120mm white fans, proprietarily-designed by ID-Cooling. It may look bland, but small fine details could be seen if you get up close with it. I don’t know, however, if those small details help with the cooling performance, or just purely for aesthetics.
Installing it on the radiator is pretty easy. Just use the provided long screw heads, carefully thread them into position and I’m glad to say that’s it.
Keeping it as simple as possible, the radiator and pump assembly looked subtle for me, and if without ID-Cooling logos etched, I’ll just say that this was an off-brand cooler.
However, regardless of this blandness in design, this cooler widely supports most consumer CPUs and even high-end CPUs nowadays, including the bulky AMD Threadripper TR4 platform.
Overall, the build of the cooler system seemed durable, although care should still be observed when putting it on your system, since it contains water, after all.
Here’s how the cooler looks when it is installed inside your system (tested using ASUS Aura Sync):
In my opinion, the fan does look quite good when illuminated, although it can be much more brighter if the lighting was embedded thru the sides, and not on the center. But in fairness, the halo-ish effect it had looked great. Also plus points for the pump’s aesthetically-pleasing look when lit.
Built-in fan effects (thru the included controller) if you decided to connect it thru that, are just simply the usual lighting effects (i.e strobe, breathing, spinning, etc.).
Overall, the lights are decently bright enough to illuminate some parts of your system.
*specs from ID-Cooling product page.
AIO coolers have different behavior from air coolers, with AIOs taking some time before temperature seeps out due to the nature of liquid components inside it. However, since we devised a methodology for testing coolers that can be applied for both, let’s find out how it scales against some coolers that we also currently have in the office.
Using a test system equipped with AMD Ryzen 3600x (95W TDP, 3.8GHz) inside the ASUS ROG Helios case along with an ASUS ROG Strix B450-F motherboard, we run a series of tests in an air-conditioned room with around 25°C room temperature. All the coolers are tested repeatedly using their provided stock thermal compound, with all fans speed set to the maximum.
The test data are gathered using HWMonitor 1.4, and the peak / idle data are both averaged from 3 successful 15-min stress tests from AIDA64.
As an AIO cooler, I was pretty surprised (and somehow a bit disappointed) by how the cooler performed despite it having a large surface area to dissipate heat. Using the similarly-priced Noctua NH-D15S as an air cooler comparison as well as the Cooler Master ML120L RGB AIO that previously lied on our test system, we now have an idea on how this cooler performs.
It could be perhaps due to the stock thermal paste, but yeah, still better than most coolers out there, especially if used with better thermal paste, like the Noctua NT-H1.
The ID-Cooling AuraFlow X 360 Snow Edition AIO peaked at around 80 degrees, although it stayed at around 70-75 degrees during succeeding runs, which could get higher if you decide to overclock your CPU.
When configured on max speeds, the fans are slightly audible and quite enough for you to be annoyed at.
The ID-Cooling AuraFlow X 360 Snow Edition AIO might not be your ideal cup of tea if you want pure silence and extreme performance, but if you’re building something that focuses on aesthetics and being ‘white’, this could be a good pick.
Compatibility-wise, this cooler supports a wide range of sockets and platforms, so that’s a big plus. And being the current main cooler of the test system being used, we can safely say that this could be our main cooler for the said AMD system. Price-wise, I guess you really get somehow what you pay for.
With our findings, we are giving the ID-Cooling AuraFlow X 360 Snow Edition AIO our ‘Silver Award’.