For our thermal load testing, the ID-Cooling SE-207 falls easily between the largest heatpipe 140mm and 150mm air coolers like the Noctua NH-D15, Deep Cool Assassin III and be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 as well as 120mm single tower, mid-size and smaller coolers like the be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 and two Cooler Master Hyper 212 models.
With two 120mm cooling towers, the SE-207-XT aligns as a large air cooler carrying two 120mm fans and filling the space between these dimensions.
The pair of 120mm fans on the SE-207-XT are rated at 1800 RPM, and we saw fan speeds just slightly faster than average device ratings, but still within +/-10% standard deviation.
Noise level on the ID-Cooling SE-207-XT is much higher overall at 100% PWM for both fans than all other coolers in the testing group. Full speed yields a noticeable buzz of noise coming from the cooler, making the need for smart fan curves if excessive fan noise is something that bothers you.
With our acoustic efficiency tests measuring the effectiveness of a cooler to perform quietly under loads, we see the large deficit created by the noisy fans on the SE-207-XT. If a cooler can perform well, this is only half of the equation, literally. How quietly it can do work to remove thermal load is another key indicator.
Priced at $60, the ID-Cooling SE-207-XT is a budget-friendly cooler for system builders looking for a large heatpipe air cooler without the sticker shock of some of the more notable names. However, this does come with the caveat that it isn’t going to perform better than premium-priced models. But, it offers a good middle-ground solution which is better than smaller, entry-level coolers which lag further behind. Just keep your expectations in check, or opt for something more-expensive (and lager) if you’re after the highest possible overclocks on high-core CPUs.