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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

NZXT Kraken M22 CPU Cooler

 

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The head unit comes with a thick plastic tray under it to protect the base as well as the pre-applied thermal paste, but it also surrounds the Intel brackets that are pre-installed to it as well. The sides of the head unit are made of black textured plastic, while the top has a highly polished cover which allows lighting to pass through it.

 

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The right side of the head unit is where the ninety-degree swivel fittings are. They are retained with what appears to be plastic clamp "thingies," and some sort of epoxy, which grabs the tubes as well as the braided sleeve. Notice though, no power lead for it.

 

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If you want more from the lighting that the default selection of a pale blue, verging on white, you will want to connect the USB controller cable to this port, on the top edge of the head unit.

 

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While we will be wiping this off and replacing it for testing, the pre-applied paste is applied cleanly, there is plenty of it, and it is free of dirt and debris.

 

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After removing the paste, we get another look at the cold plate. It is made of copper, and has been machined in a circular pattern. Like many other coolers, the base is convex, and with appropriate mounting pressure, will make superior contact to the CPU than if it were completely flat.

 

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The tubes that run from the head unit to the radiator are said to be 400mm, which is much closer to sixteen inches than the fifteen inches we see in our example. We won't beat them over the head for this, as the length is sufficient, and not all AIOs offer this much length.

 

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The sides of the radiator are dressed up slightly with the play on blacks, as the matte finish of the radiator nearly hides the somewhat smoother NZXT on the side. We can also see that the side panels are wider than the core of the radiator and allows the fan to build more speed and pressure if placed on the back.

 

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The radiator is standard in most aspects, including the fact that a high FPI is used. However, there is a black cover in the middle of this one. That is where the pump is located, technically on the other side, where there is a twenty-two inch long 3-pin power connector attached to it.

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