Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

Introduction

We've known the new Kelvin range of AIO water coolers from Fractal has been coming for a while, and if we're honest we couldn't wait to get our hands on them.  Why?  Because we've yet to dislike or find major fault with any Fractal Design product, so with luck, the Kelvin series of AIO water coolers will impress us as much as the rest of Fracta'ls product range.  To business then, there are three models in the Kelvin series; the T12, S24 and the S36 that we're taking a look at here.  If the nomenclature is confusing then simply add a "0" to the end and all will become clear.  That's right folks, the S36 is a triple fan 360mm radiator AIO cooler.  Actually to refer to it as just an AIO cooler is doing it something of a disservice, you see, like the rest of Kelvin the range, the S36 is expandable, meaning that additional radiators or perhaps GPU water blocks can be added at a later date, all of which means that you won't have to throw it away and start again when you feel the need to expand your water-cooling set up.  Obviously to do this Fractal have had to use what they refer to as an "enthusiast" grade pump which they've developed in conjunction with Alphacool, one that will be strong enough to push the water around not just its own rad but potentially other elements in the expanded loop.  G1/4" threads and fittings have also been used to further assist upgradability, and they've also stuck with an all copper design in an effort to minimise the effects of galvanic corrosion.  To get a real idea of what's going on though best we have a gander at the Technical Specification.

 

Technical Specification

 Radiator Dimensions   30x124x397mm (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 1.0m H20
 Pump Max Noise 25.0 dB(A)
 Pump Rating DC 12V, 0.27A
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Most Recent Comments

18-12-2014, 10:01:39

barnsley
Oh wow, thats a beast. I want one.Quote

18-12-2014, 10:19:13

TPC
For that price an absolute beastQuote

18-12-2014, 10:41:40

JR23
That actually looks really nice, I wish that I couldn't tell my H105 pump was on, or the H105 before, or the H105 before...

Do they have any plans to sell the pump/block just on it's own? I wouldn't really want the rad, or the fittings, or the tubing, or the fans and I would be tempted to mod the casing but still I just like the pump unit. Does it run off a molex or a 3-pin guv?

JRQuote

18-12-2014, 10:42:22

WillSK
Just Wow!

Part of me feels like a Corsair 360 Rad isn't far off though. May be wrong but seems the logical step for themQuote

18-12-2014, 12:18:09

NeverBackDown
It didn't perform like i thought it would. I was expecting to pull further ahead in the last 2 graphs considering there's more surface area. I think it's the fans though. If they were less silent but ran at higher rpms they would have really taken the temps down. Though still isn't worth the noise. Just something worth pointing out.

Now i want one... best AIO on the market while being silent? Yes please!Quote
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