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NZXT Kraken X60 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review - Test System and Thermal Results

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 6:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: NZXT

Test System and Thermal Results




I would first like to thank HIS, GIGABYTE , InWin and AVADirect for supplying products for me to test with.


Testing for the CPU coolers is done with the use of RealTemp to ascertain temperatures, Intel Burn Test to deliver the load to the CPU and CPU-Z to verify the CPU speed and the voltage being used in Windows. All of the testing is done with an ambient temperature of 24.5-25°C and humidity is maintained to 35% sometimes less.


For the "stock" runs, it's more of a plug and play setup where the PWM of the motherboard is in control of the fans speeds for both the idle and load results. Speed Step is active and the processor idles at 1600 MHz and loads at 3500 MHz for the stock settings. I also set the memory to run at 1600 MHz for stock. As for the overclocked runs, I load the CPU at 4.5 GHz and idle results are obtained with 7.5V to the fans while the load run is set to deliver 12V to the fans. This allows me to gauge the lowest and highest fan ratings for my charts.


You will also see that the charts have been slightly adjusted. From now on I will mention the idle temperatures if there is something worth noting other than an average of twenty-five to twenty-seven degrees as the PWM controls and SpeedStep allow for almost ambient results in most instances. What you are now getting is a stock speed loaded temperature chart and an overclocked loaded temperature chart. To clean up the audio results, I also removed all of the fans that aren't on the thermal charts. If you want to compare those results to new coolers, the old chart is still available in the older reviews.




With the stock settings of the processor tested, I like that there was even a degree to be gained at this level. Of course it should be better than the X40, but as you can see, there isn't very far to go from being the coolest result I have ever had with this processor. A top three result here is very commendable; especially considering this test is run with the Silent profile in control of the fans.




The X60 was exactly three degrees better than the X40 coming in at 65 degrees. The Kraken X60 is in fact the top dog of all AIO's currently and even slightly bests the impressive H220 from Swiftech. I am not really surprised, as I said in the beginning, this cooler needs to be this efficient to be worth the price over the X40, and they delivered to my expectations.

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