Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review


Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review


If the contact plate mounting bracket looks familiar then it's because it's identical to that on the Cooler Master Eisberg series of AIOs.  However, unlike the Eisberg series, there's nothing actually wrong with the mounting bracket as such. 

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All you have to do is clip the two parts together in the channel surrounding the base of the contact plate.  A fair amount of force is required but eventually you'll hear them click together

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The next step is to assemble the mounting screws.  With differing sizes supplied depending on the CPU manufacturer the process is still the same, with a spring and washer being fed onto the bolt before it's passed through the mounting bracket aperture after which a nut is then tightened up to hold it all in place.  On the image below right we can also see the fill port which would need to be used if you were to drain the system in order to add in another element.

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The whole shooting match is then screwed down onto the socket or through to the back plate if you're using one.  We quite like the simple lines of the contact plate/pump assembly.  Style and simplicity in spades.

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One thing that may be an issue with the S36 is that there aren't quite so many cases out there designed to take a 360mm rad as there are a 240mm or even a 280mm.  That said, the market place isn't exactly awash with AIO 360mm systems, so if you're looking for one the choice just got bigger.

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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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