ID Cooling has introduced its new cooling system designed for small form-factor (SFF) PCs, for CPUs with a TDP rating of up to 130W. The IS-50X has a 120-mm fan and is just 57 mm tall, and is designed for desktops builds featuring higher-end processors from AMD or Intel with six or eight cores that can dissipate a lot of thermal energy.

Traditionally, CPU coolers for smaller systems are designed for mainstream chips have a TDP between 35W to 65W. Since demand for high-performance SFF PCs is on the rise, manufacturers are developing coolers that can handle processors with TDP levels that exceed 95W. Such devices usually feature multiple heat pipes along with more sophisticated fans. For example, the IS-50X comes with five 6-mm heat pipes as well as a 120-mm PWM fan with 13 curved blades that rotates at a speed of 600 – 1600 RPM. The fan can produce airflow of up to 53.6 CFM and has a maximum load noise level of only 30.2 dB(A).

When it comes to compatibility, the ID Cooling IS-50X cooler is compatible with all contemporary platforms from AMD and Intel, including the latest AM4 and LGA1155 sockets.

The ID Cooling IS-50X Specifications
Material Copper heatpipes aluminum fins
Dimension with Fan 120 mm (W) × 57 mm (H) × 122 mm (D)
Heat Pipes 5 × 6 mm heat pipes
Air Pressure ~ 1.36 mm H2O
Air Flow (CFM)  53.6 CFM
Speed  600 ~ 1600 RPM
Noise 13 ~ 30.2 dBA
Type of Bearing Hydraulic bearing
Life Expectancy ?
Weight 310 grams
Compatibility AMD AM4/FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
Intel LGA1151/1150/1155/1156

ID Cooling is one a few companies which offers high-performance CPU coolers for SFF PCs. Earlier this year the firm introduced its 30-mm high IS-30 cooler for processors with TDP levels of up to 100 W. The new IS-50X is naturally considerably larger, but it can better handle processors that are either overclocked, or run at higher Turbo clocks when possible.

ID Cooling did not disclose pricing of the IS-50X cooler this week, but its IS-50 unit was available for $33.39 (down from $52.99) from Newegg at press time.

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Source: ID Cooling (via Tom’s Hardware)

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  • jtd871 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    Dang, too tall for the DAN-A4 case...
  • Nephtys - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    That is a thing of beauty!
  • Rinny - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    I have a H60 now in the Silverstone FTZ01. I'm extremely interested in how well this will perform. I've had to replace the stock fan with a NF-A12x15 and it barely fits.
  • Shorty_ - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    Those low profile ID cooling fans are actually awful. I had 100% failure rate on mine.
  • Rinny - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - link

    Any recommendations for the 2700x? I've had to turn off hyperthreading since ambient temp during the summer is high.
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    Try undervolting it? Be sure to stress test it with varying loads and be prepared to back off, though.
  • TheWereCat - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    What do you mean by 100% failure rate?
    You had one fan and it wasn't working?
  • Questor - Saturday, July 20, 2019 - link

    Tee! Hee! I know right? Let's qualify that statement.
  • mathew7 - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    I have the IS-50 in the Silverstone ML08 (which specifies 58mm limit for CPU cooler).
    The stock fans transition from ~1450 to 1600rpm is noticeable, and I got to lower my 8700K to 3.9GHz to keep it under the 100% fan speed (estimated 65W continuous, in 80-90C range).
    With the Noctua NF-A12x15, it's much better at 100%, and temps hover in 90C range, with 75-80W continuous power at stock settings (6x4.3GHz).
    Workload was ffmpeg h265 transcoding.

    So, from this experience, 130W TDP may mean 130W spike but half for continuous work.
  • mode_13h - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    The main advantage I see over my Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B is direct-touch heatpipes. I wish the Scythe had those.

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