Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review
Published: 18th December 2014 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: |
Up Close: The Radiator
The Radiator measures 30x124x397mm and is finished in a silk black. There are screw holes on both sides for fan mounting with each of these having a protective plate behind it to prevent over tightening damaging the fins or core.
Although you might think the hint of copper that shines through as you view off angle might be indicative of a poor paint job, it's actually a positive for us as bare copper allows better heat transfer than copper that has been lathered in a layer of paint. From head on all looks good though which is what we would expect.
The quality is pretty good, as we have come to expect from Fractal, although there was the odd blemish in the paint as seen in the image below left. Unencumbered by blemishes though is the rather nice and understated Fractal logo on the side of the radiator
The S36 has quite large end tanks for an AIO which is we think mainly due to their use of G1/4" threads to accept what are essentially full size black knurled compression fittings. The fittings each support 320mm of gloss black 8/11mm hose each of which is in turn protected by gloss black anti kink coils. If you're not a fan of anti kink and find your build doesn't need them then they're easy enough to remove.