Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review

The Build

 Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review

 

The Build

Although  the instructions aren't the clearest in the world, and depending on the quality of your eyesight may require you approach them Sherlock Holmes style with a magnifying glass, they are, none-the-less, sufficient enough to enable even the most ham-fisted amongst you to get the job done.  Just expect to do a lot of squinting.  The parts come bagged and labelled with it being fairly easy to determine which bit's you've going to need for your chosen CPU.

Job one is to attach the retaining brackets to the Cold plate.  The Intel and AMD ones do look very similar and both attach in the same way by means of 4 small grub screws passing through from underneath. 

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Next up is to screw in the Motherboard retaining bolts.  If you're using anything other than 2011 then you'll also be screwing through to a back plate at this point.  Cooler Master have provided a socket with a screw driver adaptation to allow you to get them tightened down.

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Remembering to add your TIM (all too easy to forget in the heat of the moment), the cold plate is carefully lined up with the retaining bolts.  Sprung loaded screws on each corner of the cold plate bracket are then pushed down and tightened with a screwdriver.  It's a bit of a fiddle as there's a propensity for the cold plate to want to skate about a bit at first, and although there are better mounting systems out there, there are definitely worse.

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If you're setting up the Seidon on extract with the fan internal on push, which is how we do it, then the next job on your list is to use the provided short screws to attach the rad to the case from the outside.  The fan is then attached to the rad by utilising longer pass through screws from the inside.  As Cooler Master provide an additional set of these longer screws it's a relatively easy task to add another fan in push pull configuration.  When we talked about the radiator earlier we mentioned the importance of checking the dimensions and clearance.  the image below left shows the small amount of room between the end tank and the expansion card recess in our Cooler Master Storm Trooper case.  Should your case not have sufficient room, all is not lost, it just means you'll have to mount the fan to the case using it as a spacer to enable the rad to be fitted.  in this configuration it's still possible to have a intake or extract set up.

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The flexibility of the tubing and the rotating 90 degree elbows as they join the cold plate assembly make the task of routing the tubing an easy one.  At 30cm the tubing is long enough for most cases without being so long as to make things look messy (We're looking at you Swiftech).

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As with all our testing we hook the fan and the pump up to a 12volt supply straight from the PSU.  Both the pump and the fan can be attached to the motherboard or fan controller via fan headers but in the case of the pump this really isn't necessary as it runs pretty much silently even at the full 12 volts.  The fan is PWM compatible so if you choose it can be controlled by your Motherboard.  Both cables are 32cm long including the plug and are braided in black.  Seen here inside our loyal Cooler Master "Test Trooper" we think you'll agree the Seidon makes for a tidy build.

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All assembled then and time for some low light shots to show off the subtle blue LED built into the cold plate housing 

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Most Recent Comments

03-04-2013, 09:51:58

Master&Puppet
Looks like a reasonable alternative to some of the mid-range tower coolers on cooler systems although it seems pretty noisy.Quote

03-04-2013, 09:53:19

barnsley
I was hoping you'd review this! I've been looking at AIO coolers for my new build for sometime and I wondered about this. Definitely going on my parts to buy list Quote

03-04-2013, 10:06:56

UkGouki
its a pretty good choice if you only wont a moderate overclock tbh im thinking of getting this as funds at the mo are tight and it will get me what i want out of my system Quote

03-04-2013, 12:29:02

lwatcdr
I just do not get it. Why does everyone just use fan controllers and such when modern Motherboards have fan headers and heat sensors. Why can't people set a max CPU temp of say 60c and let the computer spin the fan up and down as the load changes? You could then alway have the lowest noise for a given temp. Seems like this should be an automated function.Quote

03-04-2013, 14:20:06

alpenwasser
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Originally Posted by lwatcdr View Post
I just do not get it. Why does everyone just use fan controllers and such when modern Motherboards have fan headers and heat sensors. Why can't people set a max CPU temp of say 60c and let the computer spin the fan up and down as the load changes? You could then alway have the lowest noise for a given temp. Seems like this should be an automated function.
I can only speak for myself but I have yet to possess a motherboard that
  • has enough fan headers for my needs in the right locations and/or
  • provides enough power on its fan headers to power an array of fans,
  • provides enough power for a D5 pump (I know they can be hooked up to the PSU directly and the Vario can be adjusted without a fan controller, but it's much more comfortable not having to use the little nob on the pump's back, and yes, I do change my pump's speed from time to time, albeit not often) and
  • lets me define not only max temps but actual fan curves, because everything else is useless (to me, at least).

These are unlikely to change in the future. It's not really reasonable to build a M/B with 10 to 12 fan headers (which you can easily use with two radiators on push/pull or something comparable) or fan headers that can provide ~30 W of power for a pump (market is too small).

The fan curve thing should be feasible though, I'll admit. I don't want my fans spinning up to 100% when a certain max temp is hit, I want them to ramp up by maybe 20% to see if that's enough and then throttle down again.

If you look at a real fan controller like the Aquaero, that's a very complex tool. You don't just integrate something like that into a M/B. It is certainly feasible, but it would cost accordingly.

Overall I'd say cost is probably the reason why the M/B that fits my needs regarding fan control is unlikely to arrive any time soon, and as long as that I'll stick to fan controllers. Besides, I like fan controllers, they have knobs and buttons and displays and stuff Quote
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