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Fractal Design Kelvin S36 AIO CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 3:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Installation and Finished Product

 

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To kill two birds with one stone, we went ahead and locked the pair of Intel mounting brackets into the groove in the head unit, and we also went ahead and set the thumbscrews, springs, washers, and nuts into each corner to get ready for installation.

 

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The next thing we did to help simplify the installation was to go ahead and install the fans to the underside of the radiator, as we plan to hang this in the top of our chassis. At this point, we just need to prep the motherboard, and we are good to go.

 

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You will need to slide the nuts at the end to fit whatever Intel spacing you are in need of, but once the covers are peeled off, the tape helps to hold the backplate to the metal socket plate.

 

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All you have left to do then is to apply some paste, and screw down the thumbscrews in an X-pattern until you run out of threads. There should be no movement, and the mount should be very solid when installed correctly.

 

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On the T12, we had some visible daylight between the fittings and the dust cover that sits in the nearest memory slot. However, once we had the S36 installed, we found the fittings are much closer to the memory, and would definitely cause pressure against a stick placed in that slot.

 

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With the Kelvin S36 now installed and ready for our abuse, we found no issues with getting the larger radiator to fit in a case that was definitely not designed to house it where we placed it. With all of the tubing and the ease in which the swivel fittings move, getting it all into place was a breeze.

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