The Cooler Master Nepton 240M is a high-end liquid cooling system for CPUs. It has a 240 mm radiator with two 120 mm fans. Let’s see how it performs.
As with any sealed liquid cooling system, the Nepton 240M comes with the coolant liquid pre-filled inside the loop (block, radiator, pump, and hoses).
Figure 1 shows the box of the Cooler Master Nepton 240M.
Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: the radiator-block set, two fans, manual, a Y harness to connect both fans to the motherboard, a small syringe of thermal compound, and the installation hardware.
This water cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.
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The sealed radiator-block system is shown in Figure 3. At the left is the radiator, which transfers heat from the circulating liquid to the air, and, at the right, is the block that transfers heat from the CPU to the coolant liquid.
The rubber hoses are 14” (358 mm) long and have 0.3” (8 mm) of diameter.
Figures 4 and 5 reveal the radiator of the Cooler Master Nepton 240M. It supports two 120 mm fan at each side and it is 1.1” (28 mm) thick.
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Figure 6 shows the top of the block, where the pump that makes the liquid to flow is integrated. It has a cable with a three-pin connector, which must be connected to the motherboard in order to power the system. The manufacturer logo lights when the pump is powered on.
The base of the block, which is made of copper, is revealed in Figure 7.
Figure 8 illustrates the two “Silencio FP 120” PWM fans that come with the Cooler Master Nepton 240M (120 mm, 2,400 rpm, 1.92 W, 76 cfm, 27 dBA).
The installation of the Cooler Master Nepton 240M is simple. You must attach to the block the holders according to your CPU and, except for the LGA2011 and LGA2011-v3 CPUs, install the screws at the backplate.
Figure 9 shows the backplate and AMD holders.
Figure 10 shows the base of the block with the holders for Intel CPUs installed.
The last step is to install the radiator and the fans at the top panel of your case, and secure the block over the CPU. We installed the fans outside, blowing outwards.
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We tested the cooler with a Core i7-5960X CPU (eight-core, 3.0 GHz), which is a socket LGA21011-v3 processor with a 140 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get even higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.5 GHz (100 MHz base clock and x35 multiplier), with standard core voltage (Vcore).
We measured noise and temperature with the CPU under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all cores, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the “In-place Large FFTs” option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)
We compared the tested cooler to other similar products. We tested each cooler with the fans at maximum speed and at “silent” mode.
Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings.
During the tests, the side panels of the computer case were closed.
The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed near the top of the case. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.
- Processor: Core i7-5960X @ 3.5 GHz
- Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer
- Memory: 16 GiB DDR4-2400/PC4-19200, four G.Skill F4-2400C15Q-16GRR 4 GiB modules
- Boot drive: Kingston M.2 SM2280S3 de 120 GiB
- Video display: Samsung U28D590D
- Power Supply: Cooler Master CX750
- Case: NZXT Phantom 530
Operating System Configuration
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
We adopted a 2°C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2°C are considered irrelevant.
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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on each cooler listed below, with the CPU at full load. On the model with software speed control, the fan speed was set on the control software that comes with the cooler, while on the other ones the fan speed was adjusted in the motherboard setup.
As we are comparing the temperature difference between the CPU and the air outside the computer (and not the actual CPU temperatures), there is no bias in taking measures under different room temperatures. Both heat transfer physics and our practical tests proved this.
|Cooler||Room Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.||Temp. Diff.|
|Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme (maximum)||17 °C||55 dBA||1,950 rpm||58 °C||41 °C|
|Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme (minimum)||17 °C||44 dBA||1,250 rpm||60 °C||43 °C|
|Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate (maximum)||17 °C||56 dBA||1,900 rpm||41 °C||24 °C|
|Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate (minimum)||17 °C||43 dBA||1,050 rpm||48 °C||31 °C|
|Corsair H100i GTX (maximum)||9 °C||59 dBA||2,600 rpm||34C||25 °C|
|Corsair H100i GTX (minimum)||9 °C||41 dBA||1,000 rpm||53 °C||44 °C|
|Cooler Master Nepton 240M (maximum)||13 °C||49 dBA||2300 rpm||39 °C||26 °C|
|Cooler Master Nepton 240M (minimum)||13 °C||39 dBA||900 rpm||58 °C||45 °C|
In the graph below, you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.
In the graph below, you can see how many decibels of noise each cooler makes.
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The main specifications for the Cooler Master Nepton 240M CPU cooler include:
- Application: Sockets AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+), LGA 1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011-v3, and LGA2011
- Radiator dimensions: 10.8 x 4.7 x 1.1 inches (274 x 119 x 27 mm) (W x L x H)
- Block height: 1.9 inches (49.1 mm)
- Fins: Aluminum
- Base: Copper
- Heat-pipes: None
- Fans: Two, 120 mm
- Nominal fan speed: 2,400 rpm
- Fan air flow: 76 cfm
- Power consumption: 2 x 1.92 W
- Nominal noise level: 27 dBA
- More information: http://www.coolermaster.com/
- MSRP in the U.S.: USD 112.00
At first sight, the Cooler Master Nepton 240M seems to be a “common” liquid cooling system, with no highlights like the huge radiator of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate or the software control system of the Corsair H100i GTX.
However, our tests proved that the Cooler Master Nepton 240M can deliver a performance that is on par with these two watercoolers (who had the best performance on our tests to date.) Besides that, it achieved that performance with a lower maximum noise level, and it also costs less.
So, we can say the Cooler Master Nepton 240M is a liquid cooling system that combines excellent cooling performance and cost/benefit ration, deserving our Golden Award.