Cooler Master Nepton 280L Review

Fitting

Cooler Master Nepton 280L Review

Fitting

Fitting the Nepton 280L is a piece of piddle, with the first job being to attach the mounts to the pump head/cold plate assembly.  Separate brackets are supplied for both AMD and Intel, with the usual selection of notches allowing you to fit to the desired socket.  The JetFlo fans are secured by thumb bolts, as opposed to the more usual screws and although they have a real quality feel to them we'd hate that their raised profile made the difference between the rad fitting inside your case and it not fitting.

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Before we lob the assembly into the case let's take a few minutes to drink it in.  It really is nicely made, from the pleasing gloss black of the radiators shroud and fins, to the gloss accented rubber isolated fans with their centrally mounted Cooler Master logo.  With the whole assembly measuring just a smidge over 49mm it's actually still pretty low profile so shouldn't take up too much room in the roof of a case, still, with the rad measuring 30mm and the fans 25, it's fair to say that the other 4.1mm is down to those bolts.

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The roof of the Cooler Master "Test Trooper" is a fairly spacious place, offering native support for 280mm rads.  Things are still pretty tight inside though, especially in the region of the 8pin CPU socket.

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If you're using a backplate then bolts are provided that will screw through and secure.  As we're not we're able to mount directly to the motherboard with the supplied 2011 fittings.  Fittings are provided for pretty much every AMD and Intel socket since Adam was a lad.

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The brackets are then simply screwed down on to the mounting screws.  With no spring tensioners to be seen, you're left to your own devices and bravery to decide how tightly to screw things down.  We found there to be ample tubing, but if we wanted to mount the cooler with the Logo the right way up had to accept something of a curl back in the tubing, which despite this resisted kinking.

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A Cooler Master nestled in a Cooler Master, what could be more right!  As with all small coolers in big cases, the Nepton 280L does look a little lost, but at least things are clean and tidy.

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Powering on the PC causes a lightly glowing pale blue/purple border to appear around the logo on the cold plate.  A nice touch, and not overly bright.

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28-03-2014, 07:22:07

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...114305931l.jpg

Having seen what the 140XL could do we thought we'd summon up its big brother and see if the Nepton 280L could top the Cooling charts


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28-03-2014, 08:10:04

Xploited Titan
No idea if I missed it, but I don't recall seeing anything about sound levels.

How loud is that assembly?

28-03-2014, 08:18:58

Tripp
great review, its nice to see a really well performing coolermaster AIO on the market

28-03-2014, 08:31:08

barnsley
Good job coolermaster. Nice to see how much of an improvement over the seidons they've made.

28-03-2014, 08:41:21

Wraithguard
Great review! Just wish I had a case that would take a 280 rad I'd love to push this FX4100 past 4.4Ghz until the lid popped off, gives me a reason to buy a new one.

28-03-2014, 10:40:57

MeatWeed
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xploited Titan View Post
No idea if I missed it, but I don't recall seeing anything about sound levels.

How loud is that assembly?
Depends on what fans you use
The orginal fan noise is listed on the front page of the review in the specs
"Fan Noise Level (dB-A) *21~39 dBA"

28-03-2014, 11:40:09

Xploited Titan
Quote:
Originally Posted by MeatWeed View Post
Depends on what fans you use
The orginal fan noise is listed on the front page of the review in the specs
"Fan Noise Level (dB-A) *21~39 dBA"

Doesn't help to make comparisons with other AIO coolers though
Constructor specs are one thing, real life emissions are the other.
Some quiet fans are not so quiet in the end. Hence my question.

Having my computer next to my desk, with the top in the open, sound levels perceived will be higher than if the case was under the desk. Meaning a balanced H100i is still not quiet enough for home cinema purposes.

28-03-2014, 18:14:58

G-Dubs
We talk about the noise levels towards the end of the second paragraph in the conclusion. The Nepton, like a good many other AIOs is quite noisy at the full 12V we perform all our stress testing at, but no where near as noisy as the Antec Kuhler1250 for example. In reality if you were to use an AIO you would probably balance the speed with the level of desired cooling.
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