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NZXT Kraken X61 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 10:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

NZXT Kraken X61 CPU Cooler

 

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At the receiving end of the Kraken X61, the head unit is what takes the heat from the CPU. In this kit, we see that there is the NZXT name and partial circles that are opaque, and are ready to be backlit with LEDs. We also see that the Intel mounting hardware is pre-installed to the head unit.

 

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To the right of the NZXT naming, on the side of the head unit, you will run into the pair of ninety degree swivel fittings that allow the coolant to pass through and remove heat. Just to the right of those, we also see three leads that are sleeved with black braid.

 

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Flipping the head unit upward so we can look at the base, we find a plastic cover snapped over the mounting hardware that not only protects the base from scratches, but also allowed the pre-applied paste on it to arrive unmolested, clean of debris, and ready to mount.

 

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The paste is applied in a textured pattern, and is round in its application. It covers the contact area, plus some, and will cover any current processor on the market.

 

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To keep all coolers fair with each other, we remove the stock paste, and use the same paste for everyone. With it removed, you can see the circular milling marks get smaller and smaller until they reach a point in the center. The base is higher in the middle than at the edge, and is not flat, or very level.

 

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Before we leave the head unit, we also wanted to spread out the wiring to see what is needed to connect. The three-pin pump power lead is nine inches long, the fan lead is ten and a half inches long, with a similar length to the SATA plug that comes from it. To gain control of the AIO, you also need to run the twenty-four inches of USB 2.0 cable, and connect it to the motherboard.

 

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The specifications claimed there is sixteen inches of tubing from the radiator to the head unit, but with ours, we see fifteen and a half inches. This is still longer than any other, and close enough in our book.

 

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As for the 280mm radiator, it is made from black painted aluminium, and as you can see, the dimensions are closer to 300mm in length, and near 145mm in width.

 

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Looking at the header, we find a 30mm thick radiator, but the fin arrangement is only 27mm thick. We also see that to the right end of the sticker, the Kraken X61 draws 15W in total to cool your processor.

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