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NZXT Kraken X60 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 6:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: NZXT

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




Following the chart as it list things, I will try to explain them. First is the water block and NZXT covers the fact that it has a copper base plate, the pump inside of it can spin at 2900 RPM give or take 150 RPMs, and it needs 12V for a power source. Moving back to the pump inside, it can draw 175mA, offers digital fan control, and has hue style LED control that offers a full 16.8 million colors to choose from. At this point NZXT moves onto the fans, and you do get two of them in the X60. They use the same FX-140-PWM fans that came in the X40, and you can see the specifications are the same. It can spin up to 2000 RPM delivering 37 dBA of noise level into the room. With 12V to it, it can deliver 98.3 CFM and 2.2mmH2O of static pressure. Since these 140mm fans are PWM controllable, they are powered by 4-pin connections.


Moving on to the radiator, they first cover its dimensions. This radiator is 138mm wide, 27mm thick, and 312.5mm in length. The entire radiator, including the fittings, micro-tubes, fins, headers, and frame components are all made of aluminum. Speaking of the fins, in this radiator, NZXT uses a 24 FPI wave to their structure between the metal tubes. Connecting the head unit to the radiator of the X60 you will find 400mm of black rubber tubing used to provide plenty of room for installation in side of some of the 8 series cases NZXT has. Aside from the Kraken offering a two year warranty, you can also see that this cooler is compatible with just about every socket in use today except for LGA775 and Socket 939.


Comparing apples to apples here, we already know that the Corsair H110 arrived on shelves at the price of $129.99, but as I addressed, those coolers don't offer what the Kraken's do. On top of that, we know that with the Kraken X40, you can top all of the sealed AIOs on the market for $99. Now while the Kraken X60 is pretty easy to find, I am sort of on the fence about its pricing. I am finding that the average price is set very near $137. That being said, compared to the Corsair, for that extra money, you get the software, better fans, and LED coloration on the head unit, so I think it's fair to ask $10 more for that. Once I look back at the X40 pricing though, it is near $40 to move up, and for that sort of a jump, the temperatures had better be really good with the X60, and until we get to that point I will reserve any final judgment on the pricing.


I will say this much though, if you had plans to grab the H110, don't. Just on paper alone the X60 wins hands down.

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