There is one thing we want to address before we get into the likes and dislikes of this product, and that is that we have not forgotten about the CAM software. If you would like to view the CAM software tutorial provided, you can click here to see that, and to learn more about its usability, you can check here for that as well.
Now, on the basic premise of looking at this cooler in just the 140mm radiator classification, there really is nothing on the list that contends there. This Kraken X41 blows single 120mm versions out of the water, as expected. The fact that it is thicker, with just a single radiator, offers those that choose this route the best chance of keeping their processor as cool as possible in just one 140mm fan location.
Looking at the Kraken X41 from a competitive features standpoint, it is illuminated, and so are some others, but this offers longer tubing than any other brand, and software that is very user friendly. The software also offers variability to the pump and fan(s), and works flawlessly from the download, through the setup and tutorial, and on through its usage. NZXT simply fills the feature set.
Dislikes are something we really have nothing for. While we could address the noise levels being a touch high, you have to give something up to gain performance, especially with a fan rated at 2000 RPM and over 100 CFM. So, we sort of expected that. The only other thing to consider is that AMD users will have to do a bit of disassembly to get the installation correct. However, even then, it's only about two more minutes to unhook the lock ring and swap out the metal brackets, the clip the lock ring back on, and proceed. Really, we are just grasping at straws here, but we honestly have not one major complaint about any part of the Kraken X41.
You are definitely getting what you paid for in this design. Let's put some perspective on this for you: The best air cooler costs over $90, and got beat. When looking at other AIOs in front of the Kraken X41, you are looking to spend nearer to $140, and we won't even discuss the costs associated with a custom loop, as all of those we tested are still pricier. With a price point set at $109.99, you not only get a great value just in performance for the cost, but not one of the coolers offers the versatility this sealed AIO brings to the table with the CAM software.
When we first started we raved about just the basic AIO offerings, but as time progresses, we really enjoy the advancements being made to top the next brand in line. We also like that there is no additional cost involved to gain control, and no need for bulky fan controllers that you still have to reach to use. You simply install the cooler, install the software, sit back in your chair, and click away until the Kraken X41 is specifically set to your thermal needs, sound requirements, and matches your color scheme. How can you really go wrong with this purchase?
PRICING: You can find the NZXT Kraken X41 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Kraken X41 retails for $109.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: NZXT continues to impress even with a reduction in size! The Kraken X41 took on all coolers its size and smaller and bounds to the top of that list, even strongly competing with much larger offerings. All of that, great software and a price to match makes this an outstanding product.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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