Fractal Design Celsius S24 & S36 AIO Review

Performance and Testing

Fractal Design Celsius S24 & S36 AIO Review

Performance and Testing

 

The test set up consisted of the following

Intel Kaby Lake i7 7700K 
4.8GHz @ 1.25v, 5.0GHz @ 1.3v
Asus Maximus VIII Ranger
2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Memory 3200MHz
CoolerMaster V650
Corsair Force GT 60GB
Coolermaster MasterCase Pro5 

 

As was the case with our previous set up, we'll be testing our coolers at varying levels of overclock and increasing levels of voltage. The increase in volts means an increase in heat within the CPU, and it's this heat that the coolers need to dissipate. 

Continuity is very important in testing, and for this reason we keep as many of the potential variables as locked down as possible.  We will be using OCCT in Linpack X64, AVX compatible with all logical cores tested and 90% free memory utilised. The test is set up to run automatically with just a few clicks to set it going.  A 10 minute idle followed by 30 minutes of testing and a 5 minute cool down is the order of the day and brings the total test time per clock speed to 45 minutes.  So as to remove subjectivity in determining whether a CPU has failed, OCCT is set to stop the test and register a fail should the max temp exceed 80 degrees.  As with the socket 2011, in testing we noted that if even just one of the cores exceeds 82 degrees OCCT halts the test and a fail is recorded.

 

4.8GHz

Having had a fiddle with the volts we achieve a nice stable 4.8GHz overclock at 1.25 Volts (stock for most boards).  This level of overclock is going to give us a pretty good idea of how well coolers will perform when under a bit of stress.  We'd expect everything to make it through, however some may come close to the automatic 80 degree cut off wire.   

Fractal Design Celsius S24 & S36 AIO Review  

 

 

5.0GHz

A bump to 1.3v saw us acheive a solid 5.0GHz Overclock.  Only the very best coolers are going to perform well with this amount of heat being pumped into them, and even then, some of them will be close to the automatic cut off point.  5.0GHz might not seem like a huge increase on 4.8GHz, but the additional heat generated by that seemingly small bump in core voltage does seem to challenge the coolers that bit more, and so as before it's here we start to separate the men from the boys, as lesser coolers may not able to disperse the increased heat effectively.  Only the cream of the crop will excel at this level, 


Fractal Design Celsius S24 & S36 AIO Review  

 

Sky Lake Testing 

The test set up consisted of the following

     Intel i7 6700K Stock (4.2GHz)@ 1.2v, 4.6GHz @ 1.3v, 4.7GHz @ 1.344v, Asus Maximus VIII Ranger, 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX Memory CoolerMaster V650, Corsair Force GT 60GB Coolermaster MasterCase Pro5

 

As was the case with our previous set up, we'll be testing our coolers at varying levels of overclock and increasing levels of voltage. The increase in volts means an increase in heat within the CPU, and it's this heat that the coolers need to dissipate. 

Continuity is very important in testing, and for this reason we keep as many of the potential variables as locked down as possible.  We will be using OCCT in Linpack X64, AVX compatible with all logical cores tested and 90% free memory utilised. The test is set up to run automatically with just a few clicks to set it going.  A 10 minute idle followed by 30 minutes of testing and a 5 minute cool down is the order of the day and brings the total test time per clock speed to 45 minutes.  So as to remove subjectivity in determining whether a CPU has failed, OCCT is set to stop the test and register a fail should the max temp exceed 80 degrees.  As with the socket 2011, in testing we noted that if even just one of the cores exceeds 82 degrees OCCT halts the test and a fail is recorded.

4.7GHz

Skylake if you remember didnt overclock as well as Kaby Lake and needed a fair few volts for what now seems like a 'low' 4.7GHz overclock. We only still run this because we can use the same test rig for it and it helps us still include a lot of results in the graph, if nothing else its great for cross referencing. To be very clear though only the cream of the crop will excel at this level.   

 

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Most Recent Comments

10-05-2017, 11:14:13

AlienALX
Very nice. Love the fact that it uses "real" fittings to add to the aesthetics.

Shame it says warranty void on the fittings though. Fans don't excite me much either. Other than that though yeah man, bang on !

Ta for the review.Quote

10-05-2017, 11:28:16

WYP
Is it really £115 for the 360mm radiator? That is great value.Quote

10-05-2017, 11:29:45

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Is it really £115 for the 360mm radiator? That is great value.
It is. Add res and GPU block and you've got a capable yet cheap loop Quote

10-05-2017, 11:35:25

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
It is. Add res and GPU block and you've got a capable yet cheap loop
Risky flow rate with all that though :/Quote

10-05-2017, 14:01:13

NeverBackDown
Might just buy the S36. I'm a FD fanboy and these are beautiful AIOs... Ooooh the temptation is real

edit: Not available yet in the USQuote
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