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Coolermaster Seidon 120V Liquid Cooling System Review
Coolermaster Seidon 120V Liquid Cooling System Review
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Abstract: UPDATED! Coolermaster's Seidon 120V is an economical all-in-one liquid cooling solution that's especially suited to small PC cases and media centers. The compact 120mm aluminum heat exchanger ships with a single 120mm fan, so it doesn't take up too much space and make mounting to a rear/top fan vent cumbersome.

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Coolermaster   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jan 02, 2014   Max Page  
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FrostyTech Mk.III Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Intel Core i7, Extreme Edition class heatsinks tested at a 200W heat load.
Results based on readings from a 38x38mm copper interface die with 200W heat load on the Intel version of the Mk.III Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket LGA2011/1366 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: *Fan Speed: 200W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)

Coolermaster Seidon 240M high 13.4 55.6
Silverstone Tundra TD02 high 13.6 53.0
Coolermaster Glacer 240L high 14.1 52.5
NZXT Kraken X60 high 14.5 60.7
Noctua NH-U14S 17.0 47.3
Coolermaster Seidon 120V high 17.5 54.3
NZXT Kraken X40 high 18.2 59.4
Silverstone Tundra TD03 high 18.7 58.1
Noctua NH-U12S (+2nd fan) 18.8 49.8
Silverstone Argon AR01 high 18.8 53.0
Coolermaster Eisberg 240L high 19.1 50.5
Raijintek Themis high 19.7 52.8
Coolermaster V8 GTS high 20.0 59.7
Corsair Hydro H80i high 21.1 64.0
Noctua NH-U12S 21.1 46.2
Raijintek Ereboss high 21.4 49.7
Zalman Reserator 3 Max high 21.6 58.9
Scythe Mugen 4 high 21.7 41.9
Zalman LQ315 high 21.9 50.8
Silverstone NT06-P high 22.1 51.6
Raijintek Aidos high 23.0 55.6
Zalman LQ310 high 23.8 52.7
Zalman LQ320 high 25.5 50.2
Coolermaster Seidon 120V low 35.1 32.4
Silverstone NT01-Pro high 35.8 40.4
200W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 125W Thermal Test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

Frostytech's socket LGA2011 Intel synthetic thermal test platform stresses socket LGA2011/1366 compatible heatsinks with a 200W heat load. Keep in mind that the AMD Integrated Heat Spreader and Intel LGA2011 Integrated Heat Spreader both measure ~38x38mm, so these test results can be extrapolated to AMD processor scenario's as well.

With a 200W heat load applied by the Intel LGA2011/1366 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Coolermaster Seidon 120V self-contained liquid cooling heatsink yielded a very good temperature test result of 17.5°C over ambient at stock fan speed.

Reducing the speed of the Seidon 120V's single 120mm PWM fan from 2400RPM to a quieter 600RPM caused a large increase in test temperatures, to 35.1°C over ambient to be specific.

When searching out the right self-contained liquid cooling system for your processor there are two key factors to consider. The first is "will it fit my PC case", the second is cost and thermal performance. Large heat exchangers are great, but the cost an arm and a leg and if your case won't support a 280mm long radiator the point is moot...

Coolermaster's Seidon 120V is a compact entry level system which aims to appeal to budget enthusiasts while offering tempting thermal performance. As you've seen, at full fan speed it does performs very well on each of the three thermal test platforms, however it doesn't do so very quietly. In other words, if you can stand a bit of noise the Seidon 120V is excellent value for money, competitive with high end air cooled heatsinks on price and performance.

If quiet liquid cooling is what you seek, the Coolermaster Seidon is not the best option. An air cooled heatsink like the Noctua NH-U14S or NH-C14 will offer similar thermal performance with a lot less noise. Running the Seidon 120V at reduced fan speeds will cut down on noise output, but the heat exchanger will also starve for air and temperatures will increase.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Coolermaster Seidon 120V Liquid Cooling System Review
 2:  360° View - Coolermaster Seidon 120V
 3:  Acoustic Measurements
 4:  AMD Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5:  Intel LGA115x/775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 6: — Intel LGA2011 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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