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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
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TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

Test System Setup

 

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I would first like to thank ASUS, InWin, Corsair, and Fractal Design for supplying products for me to test with.

 

To see our testing methodology, and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.

 

 

Thermal Results

 

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We expected good things with the stock level of power being delivered to the Kraken X61, and we are a bit surprised with the results. Overtaking all other dual radiator AIO designs, and even passing up a few custom loops with the 47.75 degree result, the Kraken X61 manages to reach third place overall.

 

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Slipping ever so slightly to fourth overall when the overclock is applied is still great for an AIO. Only the 360mm Thermaltake solution beats it in AIOs, and the Phobya and EK kits are only slightly better.

 

 

Noise Level Results

 

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Starting things off with our low-end of testing, the 29 dB we heard at this point is very tolerable, and in most chassis environments, it is likely that the Kraken will be very tough to hear while under normal usage.

 

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Seeing specifications like more than 100 CFM, and almost 2mmH2O of pressure from these 140mm fans, we had a suspicion that things may in fact get loud when let lose at their maximum levels. The 59 dB rating here proves our suspicion, but keep in mind: we forced this result as a worst case scenario. With software control, it is likely you will never get to this level of noise unless you are going all out and need that extra power for benching.

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