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Fractal Design Celsius S36 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By Chad Sebring from May 10, 2017 @ 9:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Fractal Design

Installation and Finished Product




To get started mounting the Celsius S36 to our motherboard, the first thing we did was to drop in the universal backplate. There are only two directions this plate can be installed, and dependent on socket size, you will need to adjust the threads in each corner, so they drop through the holes in the motherboard.





After flipping the motherboard over, it is now time to pick the appropriate standoffs. The ones we needed are threaded the same on both ends, and we screwed each of the four into the backplate until we ran out of threads; finger tight.




To get here we applied our thermal paste, but out of the box for most users, the pre-applied TIM is sufficient. We then placed the head unit onto the standoffs, and screwed the nuts down above the bracket in an X-pattern, again, until we ran out of threads. We then took the 4-pin lead from the head unit and made sure to plug it into the CPU FAN header on the motherboard. With this design, there are no compatibility issues anywhere around the socket.




The head unit of this Celsius S36 is thin. So much so that we cannot see it behind the memory. Compared to the latest Kraken coolers, the fittings of the S36 are at the height of the X62 head unit.




The view from the top of the motherboard shows us that there is plenty of room to swap out the RAM, and getting the EPS 8-pin connected to the motherboard is a non-issue as well. Even when it comes to the wire connecting the head unit to the fan header, the run is clean, and does not have a lot of excess to need to hide or bunch together.




For testing, this is how we chose to mount the Celsius S36. Many coolers will not reach the top of this chassis due to the shortness of the rubber hoses, but Fractal Design made it possible to get the radiator to the top of this, and more than likely, the front of many cases out there today. We would also like to mention the lack of LED lighting. For some, this may be a bit of a letdown, but for use, we are near the stage of having enough of this RGB craze.

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