Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

Up Close: The Contact Plate/Pump

Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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