Cooler Master Nepton 120X Review – Cooler Master, as it name implies first made its name by making coolers for CPUs and such. The brand may have expanded to include power supplies and gaming peripherals and such, but its core businesses, the PC cooling solution, is still going strong.
The company’s Nepton watercooling setup has gotten an upgrade in the form of the Cooler Master Nepton 120 XL, and we’re going to take a look at what has changed. The Nepton 120XL is an all-in-one water-cooling solution that is fairly straight forward to set up. It consists of a copper water block, a pump and a radiator that keeps the coolant flowing when activated.
Changes in the Nepton 120XL include an even bigger copper base, which provides even more surface area for the processor to transfer heat onto, a new pump design that promises lower noise output, as well as brand new FEP tubing that prevents kinks in the tubes, and new Silencio fans that are also much quieter, and last longer than it’s predecessor’s. To reduce the cable clutter from using two fans to dissipate heat from the radiator, it is also recommended that you use the coupling cable that is bundled together with the Nepton 120XL, and this way, you only use one fan power port to power both fans.
The Nepton 120XL supports a wide variety of CPU sockets, ranging from Intel’s LGA775 to LGA2011- to AMD’s FM2, all the way to AM2+. There is a manual on how to install the appropriate brackets for each CPU type, and they’re all pretty straight forward, although you will need a Philipshead screwdriver to install them. Cooler Master’s claims about the Nepton 120 XL running silent are not unfounded. As we tested it on our motherboards, there was an initial murmur of the motor inside the pump running, but beyond that, it was pretty much silent all the way. As far as cooling is concerned, the Nepton 120XL does an excellent job at it as well, keeping the processor in relatively cool temperatures even as we ran benchmark tests.
If you’re looking for a quiet and efficient water-cooling system that’s also easy to install and requires almost no maintenance, the Cooler Master Nepton 120XL is one you should consider. It also helps a lot if you have high profile RAM sticks as the pump itself takes up very little space on the motherboard.
- Cools well
- Comes with a lot of small parts
Cooler Master Nepton 120X Specifications
- Cold Plate Material: Copper
- Fan Size: 2x 120mm
- Socket Support: AMD AM2, AM3, FM1, FM2, Intel LGA 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-v3
- Radiator Material: Aluminium