Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Since we already looked at the big boy on the block from NZXT, the Kraken X61, we are now moving to the mid-level contender in their sealed all-in-one water loops. The cooler we are going to see today is more for the average Joes out there, and there are two main selling points to this cooler. First, of course, is the size, as not everyone has room for a 240mm or 280mm option, but almost any chassis built-in the last two years has the option for a single 140mm fan mounting location that could be used for a smaller AIO. The second reason to opt for this NZXT cooler over coolers from other manufacturers is due in large part to the awesome CAM software package, which we discussed in a previous review, which works with all of the latest Kraken series coolers.
Opting to only release three options out of the various solutions of radiators to choose from at Asetek, NZXT chose to fit this design with a thicker 140mm radiator to eliminate the heat from the coolant. So, what does that mean to the consumer? To begin with, this radiator is twenty-four percent thicker than the standard 120mm radiator offerings. On top of that, moving from a 120mm radiator into a 140mm version offers thirty-six percent more surface area, and even considering thicker 120mm versions, this solution should win out over those designs, hands down.
Today we are going to look at the Kraken X41 from NZXT. The Kraken X41 is much like its larger brother, the Kraken X61, and it keeps many of the features that made us rate the Kraken X61 so highly in the first place. This model retains things like the software, the vast options in head unit LED coloration, and they even kept smaller things like the sleeves on the cables to help the wiring blend into the chassis. So, for those of you who don't have deep enough pockets to obtain a larger dual radiator solution, or if you simply do not have the room to house something that big, but really liked what we brought forth in the X61, then we feel you are really going to like the Kraken X41.
It seems like all of the Kraken specifications charts were made at the same time, and they are still a bit confusing in our opinion. As we follow the list of specs, we start out with the RL-KRX41-01 model number. As for the fans, they start off at the top with their CFM range of 42.4 to 106.1, and show that they can push from 0.36 to 1.97 mmH2O of pressure. These fans spin on a nano-bearing. Next thing we know, we are looking at the pump speed in the head unit, which ranges from 2400 to 3600 RPM. Then, we suddenly return to the fan, and the fact that it uses a four-pin power connector. Then we are taken back to the pump, and shown that it draws from the 12V line, and uses a three-pin power connector.
As we get to the middle of the chart, we see the compatibility list that covers all of the currently supported CPU sockets for both Intel and AMD. We then find out that the fan shipped in the box is 140mm square, and 25mm thick, and we are guessing the 325 mA rating is again for the pump, and not the fan. Next we see the radiator dimensions, before finding out that the 140mm fan in the box is the same FX V2 PWM fan we got with the X61, and they are rated for a maximum noise level of 37 dBA.
As for the rest of the list, we see what materials are used in this AIO, and we are informed that there is 400mm, or slightly less than sixteen inches of black tubing between the head unit's swivel fittings, and the straight fittings on the radiator. The chart also covers the LED lighting of the head unit before it goes back to the fan's 2000 RMPO maximum, and 12V power draw. Outside of that, we find the EAN and UPC number that we don't need to worry about, and we are told that you gain control with the same software that changes the lighting. Finally, they state that this Kraken X41 also comes with a six-year warranty.
Looking at the NZXT Armory, where you can buy direct from the manufacturer, we find NZXT has this cooler listed at $109.99. If you are purchasing from NZXT, you will also need to pay an additional $9.99 for shipping. However, if you shop around, you will see that the big players in e-tail chains are keeping to the base price of $109.99, and most of them include free shipping. So, take advantage of the deal, and get yourself a tube of thermal paste with the difference, as most of us never remember to buy any with a standard order.
The Kraken X41 is priced competitively with the rest of the AIOs in this class, and we also are getting into extreme air cooling territory. Will the X41 crush most of its direct competition much like its larger brother, the X61? Continue reading to find out what the mid-sized version of the world's first variable speed AIO is capable of.
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.
- 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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