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NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler Review
You probably want to consider NZXT's Kraken X52 as your next liquid CPU cooler of choice. Read on to find out why we feel that way.
By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 3:55 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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With what we saw in the Kraken X42, and we even mentioned then, we are eager to see what the rest of the lineup has in store. This time around, nearly everything is identical to what we saw in the Kraken X42, but this time the radiator and the number of fans included have been changed. The next step up in the Kraken series is to an AIO with a dual 120mm radiator attached to one end, and we also get a pair of Aer 120 fans to drive air through it.

 

 

The cooler we are about to see should best the Kraken X42, as there is fourteen percent more fin area to dissipate heat with. All the same tricks apply to this cooler as well, where noise levels are meant to stay low, using the pump via speed changes, so move the coolant faster to address thermal concerns, and again we have the same stylish RGB head unit we saw before. On top of this, we are still offered the CAM software which has been proven to be an excellent bit of software which uses one launcher to control anything NZXT.

 

The next step up from the Kraken X42 is the Kraken X52 which we have to show you now. With increased surface area, we do expect slightly better performance, maybe with more noise since the fans have been reduced in size, but we do know we will like the aesthetic appeal that NZXT has delivered in all its Kraken coolers of this last series. For those of you who have the room for a 240mm radiator, and who were maybe not impressed with what the X42 offered in performance, this may be the cooler you are looking for instead. We do know for sure, that if you are looking for an AIO right now, NZXT is the way to go, you just have to decide which to choose.

 

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We again borrowed the specifications from NZXT, and right away we see the changes in the Kraken X52. The radiator is 275mm long, it is 123mm wide, and staying with the single thickness, it is 30mm. The pump or head unit stays the same, where we find a cylindrical shaped head unit, 80mm in diameter, and it stands 52.9mm above the motherboard. The radiator is made of aluminum, there is copper used for the cold plate, plastic is used in the hardware, the top cover of the head units, and in the clamps for the tubing. The tubing is made of ultra-low evaporation rubber, but also has nylon sleeve covering the outside. The weight of the X52 has raised to 1080 grams, and the socket compatibility covers everything current as well as some from a while ago.

 

CAM software allows the user to change the control modes of the fans and pump, and it also allows the customization of the RGB LED display in the head unit. The pump is rated to spin at 2800RPM, plus or minus 300RPM, but the software just about doubles that rating. The Aer P120 fans that come with this cooler are rated to spin in the range of 1700 to 2300RPM, but there is no indication of airflow in this chart. The fan will deliver up to 36 dB(A) of noise when ran at full speed, but more important to many users is the fact that the Kraken X52 is covered with a six-year warranty.

 

The MSRP we found at NZXT for the Kraken X52 is set at $149.99, only a $20 bump over the X42. Just like we saw with the first AIO in the latest Kraken coolers, we find that Newegg is following the MSRP to the letter, and is selling the X52 at $149.99. However, if you lean to Amazon when it comes to buying PC components, you will have to pay a touch more. Currently, we found the Kraken X52 to cost $153.66, but why spend the extra $5 if you do not have to. We have high hopes for the Kraken X52, and for just an additional $20 you get more fin area to help cool the more demanding processors in the wild right now. Although we are all for the Kraken series coolers at this time, we still need to be objective and see if the hike in price is worth the investment.

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