When I was first sent this cooler I was pretty excited as I wanted another contender to Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 line for a very affordable air cooler, but after testing this cooler I was a bit disappointed. It does a lot of things right, but the performance is just not there to handle processors in the Core i9 and Ryzen 9 lines. Out of all of the coolers we’ve tested lately it only beat out Noctua’s NH-P1 which is a completely passive cooler. Based on its size I didn’t expect it to be as good as a lot of dual-tower, dual-fan coolers we’ve tested, but I did expect a bit more. That is not to say this cooler won’t get the job done on a mid-range CPU and will definitely perform better than a stock cooler.
I do like that Thermaltake made this cooler extremely easy to install. On the Intel installation you don’t even need a backplate and installation shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes. I think any beginner won’t have a single issue when it comes to installation and you can definitely do the installation with your motherboard already mounted in your case.
The addition of the ARGB fan is nice and will add a little flare to your system. It uses a standard ARGB connection so you can easily connect it to the ARGB header on your motherboard and control the lighting that way.
Right now you can pick this cooler up at our favorite online retailer for $33.98. It will get the job done and look great, but don’t expect any high-end cooling power. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Thermaltake UX200 SE CPU Cooler a 7 out of 10 score.
– Easy to install
– ARGB fan
– Performance just not there
– Thermal paste hard to apply since it did not come in a syringe