The Kraken X62 is the best cooler we have tested at stock speeds of the CPU, and the second-place finish when overclocked is no joke either. What impresses us about this entire lineup of cooler, though, is that you get all that performance with hardly any audible noise coming from the Kraken X62.
While silent mode did not give us the best results, one can easily switch it over to performance mode and let the pump do most of the heavy lifting. The noise level rises slightly, but in a closed case, you will never hear a peep, and the results show the drastic upgrade in temperatures to be had using this mode. We do not suggest that you use the fans at full speed, but you can easily run the pump at maximum, and get the best of both worlds, great thermals, and as little noise as possible. What takes this cooler over the top compared to many other AIOs we have seen, though, is the elegant looking head unit with RGB LED lighting that just doesn't quit when it comes to options for control.
The mounting hardware is like what any other Asetek cooler comes with and has been proven to be a great system of mounting for about three or four generations now. The amount of hardware include is great too, as you can order up an extra set of fans to run push/pull with them, and lower the temperatures another three to four degrees across our loaded test results. The amount of control and information offered via the CAM software is also something that helps to set the Kraken X62 ahead of all the other brands of AIOs right now.
Even though NZXT mentions a RAM clearance limitation of 35mm, there is enough play in the mounting system, which you can slide the head unit toward the rear I/O a millimeter or two, and eliminate any issues that the swivel fittings may have caused when using tall memory on the motherboard. No matter what angle we take, no matter how much we try to find fault with the Kraken X62, we are coming up blank as to anything bad to say about it.
When it comes to 280mm radiator based AIO, they have all released in the range of $150 to $160, so the price that NZXT has set is not out of bounds. While we do wish that the cooler took top honors on all the charts, as it would make the cost that much less relevant, we still feel there is much worth to the Kraken X62.
It has bested its brethren as we expected, and at $149.99 to obtain this sealed loop CPU cooler, it has value, it is full of features, and it is more than capable of keeping any processor tamed, even if you plan to overclock.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: As expected, the Kraken X62 is the best in the NZXT lineup! It is feature rich, the software is top notch, and the results we obtained are some of the best we have seen to date.
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