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Cooler Master Nepton 280L AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 8:45 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

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This is only half of the hardware provided with the Nepton 280L. Here we are given a Y-splitter cable to control both fans from one header. In the middle there are the AMD head unit brackets, the universal back plate, and the Intel brackets. There is also a tube of grey Cooler Master thermal paste worth three or four applications.




This set of hardware contains the clips to lock the back plate studs, the mounting nuts for the head unit, screws for the socket brackets, and LGA2011 screws down the left. The middle has two sets of long screws. One set is slightly longer to allow the thickness of the chassis, while the other set are slightly shorter to mount fans on the opposite side. To the right there are black spacers, shorter radiator mounting screws, and at the bottom are the studs that lock into the back plate.




The 140mm JetFlo fans use seven blades with quite a bit of spacing between them to deliver all the force they are rated for. If you are looking to double the amount of fans on your Nepton 280L, look for the A14025-20RB-4CP-F1 version for the ultimate efficiency this kit could potentially offer.




There is also some paperwork to not only help you through the installation process, but there is also the warranty information insert, which shows the terms and conditions of the two year manufacturer's warranty.




The instruction show what screws should be used where, and this also helps explain what I meant about the longer set of fan screws being used to mount the radiator to the chassis. Even though these are just renderings with letters and arrows to follow, text is really not needed, the kit is very user friendly, and if you ever used an AIO before, this one will be a pleasure to put together and get mounted.




After choosing and mounting the correct brackets to the head unit, and have the back plate set up, you simply mount the head unit onto the socket. Then of course you need to plug in both the fans, as well as the head unit, and you are ready to use the Nepton 280L.




As I mentioned previously, we were also given a set of JetFlo 120mm fans. These are smaller in diameter, but are still powerful solutions for the task of cooling the 280mm radiator. These are Performance fans that come with noise adapters, but pack up to 95 CFM. These are also based on the new POM bearing and the charts show what sort of pressure curve and acoustics to expect from them.




If not for the clear fins, these are just smaller and slightly less powerful version of the JetFlo 140mm fans. They have the same rubber pads, and the same brass screw sleeves. What sets these apart is that they come with noise adapters as well as being blue LED lit when powered.




The JetFlo 120mm fans cover much less area than the 140mm version did. Something you really need to consider is the 120mm fan spacing. Not many cases will have this offset by default for 120mm fans. However, you could always put the 140's at the top and add a pair of these like we have so the offset is irrelevant.

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