Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

Up Close: Packaging and Contents

Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

Up Close:  Packaging and Contents

The Fractal Design S36 comes in a pretty big box, which is fair enough when you consider theres a 360mm radiator in there along with three 120mm fans, the cold plate/pump, tubing and all the assorted fittings.  The box is quite understated with a few high gloss content images along with limited specs and key features.

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Instructions?  Nah, not for our sorts.  Actually it's quite nice to have them on top, you know, in case you need to check something.  Under the foam layer we find the rest of the contents nestled in egg box cardboard as seems to be the fashion these days.  Not only is it environmentally friendly, but we guess it's also cheap and so keeps costs down or profits up, depending on how cynical you are..  Personally we don't care, it excels at the job of keeping the contents safe and sound.  Fractal have also taken the trouble to individually wrap all of the contents in polyethylene bags for that extra bit of protection against scrapes and bumps

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Aside from the Radiator and contact plate assembly, which we'll come to later you also get a trio of 120mm white bladed black cowling fans.  The fans are PWM and come from Fractals Silent Series and are rated at 800-1700rpm with stated figures from Fractal of 62.4CFM, a max pressure of 2.33mm H20 and a noise output of just 26.9dB(A).  Aside from the White blades, the fans are pretty OEM in appearance.

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Comprehensive instructions, for each of the Intel and AMD sockets listed in the Technical Specification are included.  The instructions are separated out by CPU manufacturer with a separate section for 2011 to avoid confusion, as are the bags of respective mounting hardware.  Also included is a 3-1 fan adapter and a syringe of TIM (Not Shown).  Both long and short Allen key bolts are included for mounting the radiator and for attaching fans.  Although the radiator is able to accept fans on both sides, bolts for only one side are included.

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Most Recent Comments

18-12-2014, 10:01:39

Oh wow, thats a beast. I want one.Quote

18-12-2014, 10:19:13

For that price an absolute beastQuote

18-12-2014, 10:41:40

That actually looks really nice, I wish that I couldn't tell my H105 pump was on, or the H105 before, or the H105 before...

Do they have any plans to sell the pump/block just on it's own? I wouldn't really want the rad, or the fittings, or the tubing, or the fans and I would be tempted to mod the casing but still I just like the pump unit. Does it run off a molex or a 3-pin guv?


18-12-2014, 10:42:22

Just Wow!

Part of me feels like a Corsair 360 Rad isn't far off though. May be wrong but seems the logical step for themQuote

18-12-2014, 12:18:09

It didn't perform like i thought it would. I was expecting to pull further ahead in the last 2 graphs considering there's more surface area. I think it's the fans though. If they were less silent but ran at higher rpms they would have really taken the temps down. Though still isn't worth the noise. Just something worth pointing out.

Now i want one... best AIO on the market while being silent? Yes please!Quote

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