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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review :

Cooler Master's latest series, the Seidon. This Seidon 120M version is the single-fan setup using one 120mm fan with a radiator of the same size, much like the pricier Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer. The 120XL is made to work with AMD and Intel systems and seems to have everything you need.
This water cooler is piling into serious air-cooling territory, and with the impressive thermal performance of even these budget liquid chillers it's getting harder and harder to recommend active air-coolers.

 Three things to note with the installation though are,
 1. Make sure you dry fit everything so you know exactly where the cooling lines will run and the fan cables.
 2. Ensure that the stand-offs are installed with the plastic washer towards the mother board, you will ground the board out if not and get a RAM error;
3. Don't gorilla torque everything down. It only requires about 25 in/lbs of torque, which is just past hand tight for the most part.

 If you try to over torque everything, it will strip the screws out. Also, if you have an extra 120mm fan like I did, you can use the fan that came with it as the exhaust fan and your other fan as the blower fan for the radiator. That is what the longest screws in the kit are for. This basically makes your 120M into a 120XL for no extra cost. So far it has worked up to my expectations.

 Intel i5-3570K CPU on a DZ77GA-70K Mother Board, so I Overclocked it to 4.2. I am now getting temps in the low 30's compared to the mid-40's, at idle. I also ran a 5 and 30 minute stress test on it using Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility and the temps never got above 75 Deg C. I will try cranking it up more later on. Also, with both of my fans attached to this thing, I can barely hear it, even during the testing with the CPU at 100% Utilization. All in all, this is a great liquid cooler for the cost.

Price: $60

 I would recommend this cooler to anyone that wants to start using liquid cooling but doesn't want to spend a fortune.

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