Cooler Master Nepton 240M Reviewred454 -
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Cooler Master Nepton 240M Introduction:
Cooler Master's reputation speaks for itself. Its family of cases, power supplies, CPU coolers, and fans have been at the top of the short list for anyone looking for stylish, long-lasting, affordable hardware. Cooler Master jumped into the water cooling ring with the release of the Seidon and then followed it up with the Eisberg series. While the Seidon was designed in-house, the Eisberg was developed alongside Alphacool, a German company. With a new pump, designed exclusively for Cooler Master, the Nepton series is the latest entry into the AIO (All-in-One) world of watercooling solutions.
The Nepton series brings tool-free AIO installation and began late last year with the 140XL and the 280L. Now, Cooler Master adds the 120XL and the 240M to the lineup. The 240M is the model we will review today. The Nepton 140XL and 280L both use the JetFlo PWM style fans, which are quite potent for moving air, while the 120XL and 240M both use the new Silencio FP 120 series fans. The Nepton series uses thicker (13.7mm), longer FEP tubing, PWM fans,and a new Ultrafine Microchannel water block. If you are wondering what FEP is, it is Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene and was invented by DuPont and is used in a wide variety of industrial applications.
It was only a few years ago that water cooling was limited to those with deep wallets who were daring enough to attempt it - overclockers, hardcore enthusiasts, or just someone who had the cash and wanted their build to stand out. Remember the first time you saw a water cooling system on a computer? All those colorful tubes and fittings, reservoirs and pumps. The first water cooled systems were indeed the domain of the high dollar professional builds.
Manufacturers took notice of the trend and developed the AIO or All-In-One systems. This took the guess work out of water cooling and allowed the average builder to enjoy the benefits (and bragging rights) of water cooling. They made it mainstream. While some of the hardcore builders may thumb their noses at the AIO systems and argue that these systems are too broad, too vanilla, it is clear that these AIO systems are not just a mismatch of leftover parts. There is a lot of engineering and testing that goes into developing an AIO system. Now, they are affordable and come in a variety of sizes. Modern case designs commonly have provisions and space specifically for radiator mounting. This trend is not going away anytime soon.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M Closer Look:
The graphic on the front panel of the box shows a close-up view of the pump, tubing, radiator, and fans against a black background. The Nepton text and Cooler Master logo have a shiny silver foil effect and really stand out. Clearly stated are three features: Extreme Cooling Performance, High Efficient 240mm Radiator, and New Silencio 120 Fans. At the upper right is a round golden five year warranty badge. The water block lens and logo are illuminated with white LEDs. To the bottom right we have three square graphics illustrating the Maintenance Free, Ultrafine Micro Channel and Durable FEP Tubing features of the 240M.
Moving along to the rear of the box, we have a list of the socket coverage. I noticed that a couple of the latest Intel / AMD sockets weren't listed on the box. A quick check of the Cooler Master website confirms an updated list of socket coverage that includes the Intel 2011-V3 and the AMD FM2+, so all the latest sockets are covered. Also the features are listed in eight languages, along with a performance chart and a detailed dimensional layout.
On the wine-colored side we have all the specifiactions listed and again the socket coverage. The opposite side shows the copper-faced business end of the water block along with the tubes and radiator. The silver Cooler Master logo and Nepton text carry over from the front of the box and again there is a list of the socket coverage. And finally, the wine color follows around the long side and includes the silver Cooler Master logo, Nepton 240M and socket coverage text.
Inside the box we have the tan colored formed fiber tray. Everything is held in position and protected by the shaped compartments. You can see where I laid the white closed cell foam pad against the top flap to the left. The pad provides an extra layer of protection and helps to keep the contents of the fiber tray from shifting around too much or bumping into each other during shipment.
After removing the items from the box, we have a better view of the contents: the radiator and water block, the mounting hardware, the fans, and of course, the instructions and warranty info card. The mounting hardware consists of a small tube of thermal paste, the common base mount for both AMD and Intel, and a variety of screws. When I first looked at the Nepton 280L last year, I was impressed with the thumb screws used in the installation process and again I am happy to see the thumb screws - more about that later. Continuing on, there is the water block mount for AMD and Intel motherboards, and then a power cable / splitter for the fans. This splitter allows you to power both fans from one motherboard fan header.
On to the next page to get a better look at the details.