Liquid Cooling Roundup January 2013 featuring Corsair H55, CM Seidon 120M and Antec Kuhler 620 v4
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Cooler
Cooler Master go with a large box for the Seidon 120M and it really does give the first impression of this being a quality product, higher end than the price might suggest. Inside we get some product documentation, mounting brackets and other installation items. Two items of note are that the thermal paste is not pre-applied by Cooler Master and there are screws provided for a second fan should we think about installing one in the future.
Speaking of fans, Cooler Master provide a 12cm model which is rated for up to 86.15CFM and 40dBA. Air pressure rating is 4.16mm H20 and it has a maximum RPM of around 2400 with 40,000 life expectancy and a rifle bearing.
The Seidon 120M pump is a rather interesting looking device which runs off a 3-pin connector. It has a representation of the internal design cut out on the top surface and on the base we find a copper waterblock with micro-channel design. Also present on the pump is a blue LED and Cooler Master note that 12 steel bolts hold the pump unit together.
Running from the pump to the radiator are ridged tubes which are harder than the Antec/Corsair equivalent. The radiator is aluminium and measures 150.3x118x27mm.
Cooler Master offer a 2-year warranty on the Seidon 120M and we note that the pump life expectancy for its 0.15A/1.8w operation is 70,000 hours… 30,000 more than the fan.
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Installation
To install the Seidon 120M on our Intel Z77 motherboard we move some sliders on the backplate to the 1155 location and then pass the screws attached to it through the motherboard holes. From there we attach bolts to the screws, holding the backplate in place. Next we attach the installation bracket to the pump unit (four screws) and line up the spring loaded retention screws with the 1155 location. We then apply thermal paste to the CPU and screw the pump down into the bolts we added to the motherboard earlier.
As with all the coolers in this review we then install the fan and radiator in a 12cm fan location at the back or top of our case. The final step is to plug the pump power (3-pin) into a motherboard header and the fan connector (4-pin) to the CPU header on our motherboard.
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