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Fractal Design Kelvin S36 AIO CPU Cooler Review (Page 3)

By Chad Sebring from Jan 27, 2015 @ 9:12 CST
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Fractal Design Kelvin S36 AIO CPU Cooler

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Fresh out of the box, we have the second 360mm based AIO design to hit the labs. Unlike the plainer looking Thermaltake unit, here we have the company name on both the radiator and the head unit, and the attractive black tubing and anti-kink coils.

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The head unit is primarily composed of a plastic shell that is black and textured. The top of the head unit offers the shiny metal plate with the company name painted on it, and a couple of the corners are angled for a bit of style.

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The top edge of the head unit offers a fan lead grommet as it comes out of the plastic housing, and after nine inches of braided cable, we find it terminates with a three-pin power connection. Fractal also attached a warning sticker to be sure this lead is properly powered, otherwise it may damage the device.

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The bottom of the head unit offers this solid copper plate to remove the heat from the CPU. It is convex in shape, and it was left in a rough state when milled and finished.

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This time, we found the tubing to be just a touch longer, measuring in at 13.5". This will make it much easier to install this larger AIO into cases of various sizes.

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Unlike the much thicker radiator we saw on the T12, this time Fractal Design opted for the 30mm version. It also has the large dual headers at this end, and is appointed with compression fittings to simplify any modifications that you may have planned.

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At first glance, the fin arrangement seemed a bit tighter than what we found in the T12. With the S36 radiator behind the tape, we find it sports a nine FPI layout.

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