Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review
Published: 3rd April 2013 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: £41.99 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
All assembled then and time for some low light shots to show off the subtle blue LED built into the cold plate housing