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Fractal Design Kelvin T12 AIO CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 3:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design Kelvin T12 AIO CPU Cooler

 

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Now that the Kelvin T12 is out of the box, we see this isn't the usual suspect when it comes to an AIO. Of course, the majority of it looks similar to others, but metal fittings, thicker tubing with anti-kink coils, and a sleek look, all set this unit apart from the pack.

 

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The side of the head unit of the Kelvin T12 is made of textured plastic, and to change it up, Fractal Design has applied a glossy top plate that sports the company name at the bottom.

 

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To allow coolant to flow in and out of the pump, we find that the side of this head unit is a pair of metal swivel fittings. Not only do they swivel the easiest out of any fitting we have tested to date, but they are G1/4 threaded, and can be replaced, or the compression fittings can be removed to change tubing or add additional components to cool.

 

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Even when it comes to powering the head unit, unlike where most just have raw wiring coming from a tiny hole in the side, here we see a grommet to keep the wiring safe, and the length of the wiring is covered with a black braided sleeve.

 

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After flipping the head unit over to see the cold plate, we find a full-size copper plate under the Kelvin T12. The edges are lower than the center, but the majority of the contact area is flat with slight deviation as you get further from the center. The base is also left in a clean, but unpolished state.

 

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On our way to the radiator portion of this cooler, we pulled out the tape and found slightly over thirteen inches of tubing and anti-kink coils. We also see that while the fittings are straight this time, the G1/4 compression fittings are screwed into the copper radiator.

 

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Now we can see the entire radiator. The header at the top is more typical, but the extended ones at the bottom are a bit longer than the average AIO. We can also see that Fractal chose not to use the super dense FPI radiator that many others opt for in their 120mm AIO designs.

 

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Pulling the tape out one more time to get a grasp on the FPI in this radiator, we see that this design sports the 7 FPI arrangement of fins to allow more air through the radiator, and taking better advantage of the static pressure supplied by the fans.

 

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Since this unit is able to be opened up, the radiator offers a fill port at the top, as well as one on the side of the head unit. We took this image to show the naming on the side of the radiator, and that there is an offset on either side of the radiator that can easily be seen on the side where the three bits of metal come together, the center portion being the fin thickness.

 

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We went ahead and grabbed the pair of fans and installed them so that you can see the whole unit with the black and white theme carried from the head unit into the fans. Of course, we still need to get the mounting hardware on, but that is for a later section of this review.

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