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NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review
NZXT's Kraken X62 liquid CPU cooler offers some of the best quality, performance, and features we have ever seen. Come and check it out.
By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 31, 2017 5:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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At this point, we would hope that you have looked at, at least one of the previous pair of coolers to be released from NZXT, as they are something you do not want to miss. Some of the things we have found out so far are that the new Kraken coolers are some of the best looking AIOs on the market. With the brushed metal head unit, the tinted top lens, quite the RGB LED show, sleeved tubes, and a sleek looking radiator with the NZXT name molded into the sides of it. Another point about these Kraken coolers is that they operate in near silence unless you are the type that likes to tinker and appreciates fan noise. Lastly, and what is on the minds of most buyers, the performance has not been bad either.

 

 

The new Kraken coolers do bring it stylistically, but at the heart of these offerings, it is the CAM software and a new way of looking at how to make an AIO perform better that will swing many customers. Using CAM, you have full control of everything from the fan speeds, to the pump speeds, and of course, this is also where you can set the LEDs to work just about any ways you can conceive of having them illuminate. On a more basic level, NZXT chose to go with the idea of basing performance on pump speed in the Kraken Series. Rather than just throwing fans at the radiator till they stick and perform well with a ton of noise, NZXT chooses to adjust the speed of the pump, forcing coolant through the system faster to keep temperatures at bay.

 

This is the last cooler of the Kraken trilogy as we bring you the Kraken X62 from NZXT. From what we have seen up to this point, we have high hopes that the Kraken X62 might just be the new performance leader and chart-topping cooler. Since we tend to let our charts do the talking, we feel it is time to dive right in. Let's look at what the Kraken X62 is all about, see if NZXT is the new king of AIOs, and find out what it will cost for you to enjoy what we are about to show you here today.

 

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The chart provided from NZXT is virtually the same as we have seen across all three of the Kraken coolers, but there are two differences this time around. Initially, we see that the radiator on this unit is 175mm long, it is 143mm wide, and is 30mm thick, as this is a 280mm liquid cooler. The head unit is the same. It is 80mm in diameter, and it stands 52.9mm in height. The materials used are the same as all the rest too, where we find an aluminum radiator, copper base plate, and rubber tubes with nylon sleeves. All told, with fans, the Kraken X62 weighs in at 890 grams. As to the compatibility, Intel support covers LGA115X, LGA1366, and LGA2011 and 2011-V3. As for AMD, this will fit AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, and FM2+, but nothing yet as to support for Ryzen.

 

NZXT recommends that these coolers be run in accompaniment with their CAM software. The software allows you to switch through four modes of control for both the pump and the fans. It is also how the LEDs are controlled, where the choice is to use one of the thirteen modes of operation or set them to a static color of your choosing. The pump can be controlled in a range of 1000 to 2800 RPM, but CAM shows double these speeds. The fans, not fan which the chart shows, are Aer P140 fans, and the X62 comes with two in the box. Again, CAM can control these fans in a range of 500 to 1800 RPM, and the maximum sound level is shown to be 38 dB(A). Most important to many potential customers, is that if you do buy the Kraken X62, you can use it worry free for six years, as that is how long the warranty coverage is.

 

When it comes to the Kraken X62, you are going to have to come up with a fair bit of cash, but compared to the smaller Kraken coolers, the jump in price is not all that much. The MSRP is set on the Kraken X62 at $159.99, and can be seen all over the product page, where you can also purchase this cooler directly from NZXT. Just like when we looked for the X42 and X52, Newegg is selling tall of the NZXT Kraken coolers matching the MSRP.

 

Looking at Amazon to see what they are asking, we were shocked to see that they are asking $176.99 at this time. While we obviously do not recommend that you use Amazon to purchase any of the Kraken coolers, we do feel that the $159.99 asking price elsewhere is on point for a cooler with this number of features, and the size of it being what it is.

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