Cooler Master Nepton 140XL Review
Published: 5th March 2014 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: 84.49 |
The fitting process for the 140XL is simplicity itself and whether you're sticking it to Intel or AMD hardware, the process is essentially the same. First job is to screw your selected bracket to the cold plate (for some reason the Intel brackets were quite tarnished, giving them a perhaps un-intended gunmetal appearance).
The appropriate double ended bolt is then inserted into the motherboard, and if you're required to use it, through to the universal back plate.
The Cold plate then sits on top with slotted thumb bolts being used to tighten everything down. We think Cooler Master must have employed an ex carpenter somewhere in the design team as it's the only way we can explain their choice of having to use a flat bladed screw driver to tighten down the bolts. The only other real niggle we have is that the pump power cable exits at the opposite side to the tubing making the assembly look more messy than it needed to be.
When in use the otherwise unassuming cold plate cover lights up around the centrally located Cooler Master logo. The pale purple light is bright enough without being blinding or over powering. Unlike some though it's colour can't be altered.
The 140XL fits nicely into out Cooler Master Test Trooper giving you an idea of scale