Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review
Published: 18th December 2014 | Source: Fractal Design | Price: |
If the contact plate mounting bracket looks familiar then it's because it's identical to that on the Cooler Master Eisberg series of AIOs. However, unlike the Eisberg series, there's nothing actually wrong with the mounting bracket as such.
All you have to do is clip the two parts together in the channel surrounding the base of the contact plate. A fair amount of force is required but eventually you'll hear them click together
The next step is to assemble the mounting screws. With differing sizes supplied depending on the CPU manufacturer the process is still the same, with a spring and washer being fed onto the bolt before it's passed through the mounting bracket aperture after which a nut is then tightened up to hold it all in place. On the image below right we can also see the fill port which would need to be used if you were to drain the system in order to add in another element.
The whole shooting match is then screwed down onto the socket or through to the back plate if you're using one. We quite like the simple lines of the contact plate/pump assembly. Style and simplicity in spades.
One thing that may be an issue with the S36 is that there aren't quite so many cases out there designed to take a 360mm rad as there are a 240mm or even a 280mm. That said, the market place isn't exactly awash with AIO 360mm systems, so if you're looking for one the choice just got bigger.