Overall and Final Verdict
At the end of the day, I do like what Fractal has going on with their Celsius S24. I still prefer custom loops when possible but while they are Asetek based, they did manage to add a little Fractal style to the kit. The black and white fans were quality fans and the white really helps with that Fractal look. The sleeving on the tubing is basically a requirement for me now with AIO’s and their fake fittings give a nice touch. It was the clean wiring with the hidden wire under the sleeving and the built in fan header PCB that I liked the most though. But performance came in a close second. Really the only downside was that the fan splitter design does mean you lose control of the fan speeds at the motherboard. RPM readouts only show the pump speeds and turning things down below 1250 RPM turned the two fans off altogether.
The $139.99 MSRP was a little high for an AIO but the kits are selling for $109.99 right now on Amazon. This is higher than most of the basic AIO kits but it is in line with the Corsair H100i v2 and less than the AIO kits that have RGB lighting and other special features or controllers. I would keep the Celsius S24 on my short list when building a PC that needs an AIO. It would really come down to the current price when picking between the Corsair and the Fractal for basic non-RGB AIOs with a clean look and good performance.
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