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NZXT Kraken X41 140mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 12, 2014 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

Installation and Finished Product

 

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We had to slide all four of the adjustable threaded inserts as close to center of the three positions they offer to get it to drop into the CPU cooler mounting holes for our system, but you can see that it stands proud of the motherboard, and being plastic, it will not short on anything either.

 

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You can either hold onto the backplate and screw in the standoffs one at a time, or just flip the board over, and the backplate will stay in the holes allowing you to send the standoffs all the way in until you are out of threads. At this point, the assembly will not be rock solid, so don't panic.

 

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Since the motherboard is ready to go, we went ahead and added the 140mm fan and made the connection to the head unit for fan control via software. Now we just need to get it mounted.

 

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We now have the head unit of the Kraken X41 secured into place. The nuts used should be tightened until you run out of threads, and at this point, there is enough pressure to solidify the head unit and motherboard, and you should not be able to move it around.

 

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Also, make certain to plug in the USB 2.0 lead prior to booting the PC. There is plenty of length to easily work with our ATX motherboard, and still some left for even longer runs, but without this connection, there is no way for the CAM software to work.

 

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For our installation into the chassis, we went with the more typical orientation with the radiator at the top to be sure to trap any air, and the head unit is installed with the logo in the correct orientation, although many tests have proved that it does not matter.

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