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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
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

Installation and Finished Product




First thing to do is to be sure the nuts in the ends of the backplate are all in the right position of the three available for Intel. Once those are set, you simply drop in the backplate, and hold it there as you flip the motherboard over to continue.




With the board flipped over, you then install the four standoffs supplied in the kit. There is no need for washers to isolate the motherboard; since the standoffs don't actually screw down and compress the motherboard, this assembly should be slightly loose when the standoffs are out of threads.




At this point we went ahead and mounted the fans to the radiator in the inside, as it works best for our test system. We also have the cover off the head unit, and paste on the CPU, so we just need to get things mounted.




Set the head unit on the CPU, after applying paste, and in an X-pattern, screw down the four large nuts. Just as the head unit starts to get some pressure, the entire assembly will lock solidly to the motherboard.




To get here, there are some things to remember. Make sure the pump power lead is plugged in, and if you plan to use the fan power lead, also make sure to plug in the SATA connection, specifically if you plan to populate all four plugs. The last bit to take into consideration is running that USB cable. There is enough to run along the outside, and even enough to go up and over the board, running down behind it.

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