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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

Installation and Finished Product

 

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The first thing you have to do is pick the AMD or Intel top plate pieces. Once you have them, find the groove, and slide them together until the center bits lock into each other. The AMD bits go right together, but the Intel bits took some force to lock together.

 

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Once the top plate is all set, it is time to install the thumbscrews. Grabbing the LGA2011 screw, we installed the spring and washer, then ran the nut up until there were no more threads. This is the same process for the other Intel screws, as well as the AMD screws. You can also see the head unit fill port off to the left.

 

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After peeling the plastic cover from the tape, we aligned the notches in the backplate with the top two socket screws for LGA115X sockets. Then it just takes a slight adjustment to the captured nuts at the ends so it will align correctly to the motherboard holes.

 

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You will have to adjust their alignment some when it comes to installing the head unit to the motherboard, but once all of them are right, moving in an X-pattern, we had no issues sending these screws home.

 

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With bigger fittings on the side of the head unit, initial impressions were that it may cause some conflict to the memory. In this image, we can see it is really close to the slot, but we are pretty sure we can still squeeze a stick in that slot.

 

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With the magic of zip ties, we installed the radiator at the top of the D-Frame, and those thirteen inches of tubing make it very easy to install the radiator well away from the CPU. While we do really like the simplicity and sleekness in this design, we do wish that the naming on the head unit was LED backlit.

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