Fractal Design Kelvin S24 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Fractal Design Kelvin S24 Review

Introduction

Having been mightily impressed with the S36, it's now the turn of the 240mm Radiator based S24 to dance in the Limelight.  With the 240mm Radiator eminently more versatile than the larger 360mm unit it's crucial that this member of the Kelvin team performs well.  Measuring as it does 30x124x275mm, aside from its size the S24 is identical to the larger S36, Thing is, we can't help but keep wondering how great it would have been if Fractal had made the S24 just 2mm shorter (or 1.85mm to be exact) This isn't because it would make it easier to fit into cases or for another other such mundane reasons.  It's simply that having a Kelvin series Radiator that measures 273.15mm in length appeals so strongly to our inner Geek.  Hell, we would have accepted 273mm.  Before we start ranting best we have a look at the Technical Specification.

Technical Specification

 Radiator Dimensions   30x124x275mm (WxDxL) 
 Block Pump Dimensions             69x69x40mm (WxLxD)
 Tubing 320mm long, 8/11mm
 Thread size G1/4"
 AMD AM2,AM2+,AM3,AM3+,FM1,FM2,FM2+               
 Intel 775,1150,1155,1156,1366,2011
 Fan type Silent Series HP120mm PWM
 Fan Speed 800-1700rpm
 Fan Airflow 62.4 CFM
 Fan Pressure 2.33mm H2O
 Fan Noise 26.9 dB(A)
 Pump Type Ceramic Bearing
 Pump Speed 2400 rpm
 Pump Max water flow 72 L/H
 Pump Max Pressure 1m H20
 Pump Max Noise 25.0 dB(A)
 Pump Rating DC 12V, 0.27A
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Most Recent Comments

09-01-2015, 07:10:35

WYP
Hahaha, I appreciate the joke.Quote

09-01-2015, 08:12:56

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
...we wished the radiator of the new Kelvin S24 was 273mm long. To find out why, read on.
How would the water go around if it was 273?

Solid review, I think it can't really be considered aside the conventional AIO's as you say, it has a different appeal and without lights or flashy adornments it does come across well. My favourite touch to pick up on would be the amount of details revealed in the instructions, not many people will give you an exploded view of their product and that's something that modders will really appreciate.

Just something to note in the silence front I can definitely differentiate between when the pump is running at 7 or 12v and I would never describe it as being totally silent, but considering it's in a Parvum it does extremely well. Infact it humiliates the H105 in that respect. Running out of a system with no solid surface to resonate against like you say it's genuinely hard to tell whether it's on. I thought my PSU had died when I was bleeding it lol.

The mounting system isn't the worst but I still prefer the traditional stand off and thumbscrew approach, I wouldn't rate it in that regard as you have to apply pressure while aligning it and the backplate can get pushed away. (I'm not prepared to stick anything to my motherboard though)

JRQuote

27-01-2015, 02:59:39

jackjack
Great review Gary
What i like about this Fractal Design Kelvin S24 is the expandability, yup love it!Quote
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