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NZXT Kraken X31 140mm AIO CPU Cooler Review (Page 5)

By Chad Sebring on Nov 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm CST - 1 min, 38 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: NZXT

Installation and Finished Product

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As the instructions show, the first step is to adjust the threaded ends in the backplate and set it into the socket mounting holes, as we have done here. Since it is plastic, and it stands proud of the motherboard in general, there will be no grounding issues.

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At this point, we took the universal Intel standoffs and sent them all the way down until the thread stopped. Since there is still space below the standoffs at the motherboard, this assembly should feel a bit lose.

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Then we prepped the Kraken X31 by removing the plastic cover on the head unit, adding the fan to the radiator, and plugging it in. Keep in mind: you still have two important connections to make, one to power the pump, and you will need to connect the USB cable as well.

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Now we have the Kraken X31 mounted to the motherboard, and installed into our test chassis. After locking down the head unit to the standoffs, we were sure to connect the pump, and then we sent the USB cable over the top of the board to hide it before making the connection.

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Even with the cable going around the motherboard, as we went to connect it to the motherboard header, we noticed there is still considerable slack. We like that the cable is not tight at all, and will provide users with plenty of length to make a connection, but also to hide it well if desired.

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Most users with a typical chassis will appreciate this view with our Kraken installed. Most coolers will not install in this fashion simply because the tubing is too short. With the Kraken coolers, not only can you reach way above what most cases offer, but it will also allow you to use the front of the chassis in most cases to house it as well.

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Chad Sebring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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