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NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 3:55 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT

Installation and Finished Product

 

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One of the first things we did to prepare the cooler for installation was to go ahead and put the fans on the 22FPI radiator. Nothing out of the ordinary to cover here, but we do like the rubberized mounting holes which isolate everything from vibrations.

 

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We then made sure to slide the threaded adjustable nuts toward the center of the backplate. This allows it to be used with LGA115X motherboards, and if done right, the backplate should slide right onto the back of the motherboard with the holes aligning.

 

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You are then told to install the appropriate standoffs. These are to be screwed in until you run out of threads, but the fit is still sloppy until the head unit is secured.

 

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With TIM applied to our CPU, since we removed the pre-applied TIM, all there is left to do to get the head unit installed, is to screw the knurled nuts onto the standoffs. Using an X-pattern, you will also drive these down until the threads stop you from going further.

 

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There is a bit of the head unit popping out over the top of our memory, but all the black and brushed metal surfaces is a good look for this AIO.

 

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Maybe we happened to have this head unit shifted to the left a bit more than the least one, but with the Kraken X52, it seems there is better clearance to the memory this time. Our sticks work fine, and it appears taller ones will too, and this time the fittings won't make the closest stick flex away from the CPU.

 

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With a full view of the top edge of the motherboard, you can see there is all the room you need around the head unit, and there are no complications with the 8-pin cable.

 

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We did not forget to make the connections to the head unit before installation either. It is obvious where both cables are to be connected, and inside of the case, there will be much less room to assure a good connection for both cables are made.

 

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Just as we saw with the Kraken X42, with so much tubing offered in the Kraken coolers, you can get to places that other AIOS will not reach. We were sure to twist the swivel fittings this time, so that you can see just how much extra tubing we still have, this far away from the motherboard.

 

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We have yet to mess around with the CAM software, but when we boot up the Kraken X52 on our system, we are greeted with the glow of LEDs. At this time, the NZXT logo is solid, but the light around it is swirling around the name.

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