Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review
Published: 18th December 2014 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: |
Up Close: The Contact Plate/Pump
Like a great many of Fractal's products, the contact plate/pump assembly of the S36 exhibits great simplistic style. OK, it might not light up and have RGB control over it's logo, but then for some reason we wouldn't want it to.
Like the Radiator, the junctions are provided by G1/4" compression fittings. In this case proprietary 90 degree ones. To say they exhibit a high degree of flexibility is an under statement as it's actually quite possible to rotate these round nearly a full 360 degrees.
The pump is of the ceramic bearing type and is able to maintain a flow rate of 72L/H at a pressure of 1.0m H20. In use the pump is without a shadow of a doubt the quietest we've ever heard in an AIO, belying the stated 25dB(A), and quieter than a good many Laing units. Although Fractal say that other components can be added into this system it must be remembered that the limiting factor here is the pump. Compared to the least powerful Laing unit the Fractal has only a 5th of the pressure and pretty much just 1/10th of the flow rate. Still, as long as you don't go nuts adding in both additional radiator and SLI graphics water blocks it should be just fine.