Fractal Design Kelvin S24 Review

Up Close: Radiator and Pump/Contact Plate

Fractal Design Kelvin S24 Review

Up Close:  Radiator and Pump/Contact Plate

The 240mm radiator is finished in a silky Satin Black.  The Fractal Design name is depicted in white on opposing corners of the Radiator, looking clean crisp and understated.  The pump and radiator are connected by 320mm of very flexible gloss black tubing, which benefits from black anti kinking coils.

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The radiator has mounting points for 2x120mm fans on each side of the cowling.  the screw holes have internal back protection plates to prevent over tightening or use of longer mounting screws damaging the core or fins.   

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The fittings at the radiator end are G1/4" threaded black compressions and connect nicely with the 8/11mm tubing.  We found no evidence of leakage at any point during testing.  Being G1/4" threads does of course mean that they can be removed to enable other components to be added into the loop

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The Contact plate pump assembly has a ceramic bearing at its core.  Although practically silent in use the pump is able to shift 72Litres an hour at a pressure of 1m H20.  Granted these figures aren't that impressive compared to stand alone pumps from the likes of Laing but it does seem to get the job done.  As with the radiator the pump has compression fittings, this time though they're rotational 90 degree units that thread into the G1/4" threads on the pump

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The contact plate surface is copper, and has a rather unusual finish to it, almost as it it's slightly pitted, but still highly polished.

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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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