Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

Up Close: The Radiator

Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review

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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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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