OC3D 2020 CPU Cooler Roundup

New CPU Coolers - Fractal Celcius + AIO Liquid Coolers

OC3D 2020 CPU Cooler Roundup

New CPU Coolers - Fractal Celcius + AIO Liquid Coolers

It has been a while since Fractal released its original Celsius series of All-in-One liquid coolers, so much so that the lineup was more than ready for a revamp. 

Three years have passed since we reviewed Fractal's original Celcius S24 and Celcius S36 liquid coolers, and since then a lot has changed within the world of liquid cooler design, especially when it comes to the expectations of consumers. 

Starting today, Fractal's Celcius+ series of Liquid Coolers are available worldwide, sporting new pump designs, integrated RGB lighting and the option to purchase these units with or without ARGB illuminated fans. With this new series, Fractal has also introduced a new 280mm model, giving their customers more options if they want to go above the Celcius+'s 240mm base model.  

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One major factor of Fractal's Celcius+ lineup is how well the series handles cable management. Each of these units features fan controllers on their radiator itself, allowing users of the Fractal Celcius + series to power all of their units fans without routing any cables behind their motherboard tray. In the case of 360mm units, this condenses three cables down to one, and the same applies to RGB lighting, as each fan has daisy-chainable RGB cables. 

With the Celcius series, Fractal's offering users higher performance levels than before and minimal clutter. 

Fractal is also avoiding the standard pitfall that is "hardware manufacturers make bad software". That is why Fractal has made their units compatible with RGB lighting Softwares like Asus AURA, Gigabyte Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, and ASRock Polychrome. There's no need for a dedicated Fractal RGB app, just use what came with your motherboard. 



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Below are the specifications and regional pricing levels of Fractal's new Celius + series of liquid coolers, both their RGB Enabled Prisma series and their, mostly, RGB free Dynamic counterparts. Each of these units uses the same cold plate design that's designed to run at 20 dBA at its full speed. 
  
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08-04-2020, 14:10:30

AlienALX
Great test. Surprised to see the Noctua so low down tbh.Quote

08-04-2020, 14:14:34

WYP
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Great test. Surprised to see the Noctua so low down tbh.
Remember that we have a lot of AIOs in there, and loads of 360mm models.

It's doing very well, especially at low fan RPMs. Very impressed TBH.Quote

08-04-2020, 14:25:45

Jaxel
I use a Cooler Master ML240 in one of my PCs... I would not recommend this cooler to anyone. It cools fine. But every few minutes or so, it gurgles.

I also do not recommend most other AIO coolers either. I 3D print a lot of cases, and what I noticed is that for a lot of these coolers, the tolerances on the actual radiator are complete garbage. The holes are not always exact. If you have a case which has variable hole spaces, they should work fine. But if you have cases which expect holes to be exactly 105mm apart, and they are 103mm or 107mm apart instead, you will have problems.

The best tolerances on radiators I have seen are from Deepcool GamerStorm. I highly recommend the GamerStorm Castle 360EX.Quote

08-04-2020, 15:32:37

AngryGoldfish
I'm impressed at how comparable the 280mm Celsius+ is to the 360mm. Given the £30 price difference, if my case could fit the 280mm rad, I'd just go with that.

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Originally Posted by Jaxel View Post
I use a Cooler Master ML240 in one of my PCs... I would not recommend this cooler to anyone. It cools fine. But every few minutes or so, it gurgles.

I also do not recommend most other AIO coolers either. I 3D print a lot of cases, and what I noticed is that for a lot of these coolers, the tolerances on the actual radiator are complete garbage. The holes are not always exact. If you have a case which has variable hole spaces, they should work fine. But if you have cases which expect holes to be exactly 105mm apart, and they are 103mm or 107mm apart instead, you will have problems.

The best tolerances on radiators I have seen are from Deepcool GamerStorm. I highly recommend the GamerStorm Castle 360EX.
In fairness, the ML240 is over two years old now. In that time pumps have improved substantially in terms of quietness. I jumped aboard AIO's a few years ago and found them to be obnoxiously noisy. I moved back to air cooling and have been very happy. But since then Asetek have released a few iterations that across the board have improved noise levels. If I were building a new system, I'd consider an AIO again.Quote

08-04-2020, 15:36:43

AlienALX
Oddly AMD recommend a 280 for Ryzen 3900x and 3950x. Maybe they have just had more R&D recently? IDK.Quote
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