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NZXT Kraken M22 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 21, 2018 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 78%Manufacturer: NZXT

Packaging

 

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On the front of the box, NZXT does not do anything fancy to try to overhype this product. On a plain white backdrop, the full Kraken M22 120mm Liquid Cooler name is offered up, along with an image of the cooler with the head unit backlit as the only bit of bling.

 

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The right side of the box is purple, and in eleven languages, NZXT delivers a list of features. They include the addressable RGB lighting, CAM software compatibility, advanced lighting modes, inclusion of the Aer P120 fan, the reinforced tubing, and that a three-year warranty covers it. At the bottom, we can see the RL-KRM22-01 part number, on a sticker, along with EAN and UPC codes with the serial number also present.

 

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At the back, the left side of it offers a look at the head unit installed on a motherboard while powered. Below it, NZXT explains the lighting and that you can use software to do so. At the bottom are views of the head unit in full RGB display, a look at the fan, and they show the bends that can be made due to the type of tubing used. On the right side, we get a look at the only tab in CAM that works for the M22. The only thing you can do is address the lighting, not set cooling modes or any cooling related options for that matter.

 

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The left side of the box is purple again, and this time the specifications take up most of the panel. We also see that NZXT shows us the results they got by overclocking a 7700K to 4.3GHz, where the Kraken M22 comes in nineteen degrees better than some version of the Intel stock cooler.

 

 

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Once the box is open, you can slide out the recycled cardboard tray. In it, we have the radiator, tubing, and the head unit wrapped in plastic, and they are resting on form-fitting sections of the inner packaging. The fan is near the back edge, and the hardware is behind the fan, under the tubes. The packaging is tried and true for shipping AIO coolers, and our Kraken M22 arrived in perfect condition like many others using this do.

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