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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

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

 

 

 

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

 

 

Thermal Results

 

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We see that the numbers in the chart on the box were not that far off. We are nearly twenty-degrees better than the stock cooler, with our CPU at default settings. However, compared to others in this long list of submissions, there is only one other AIO this size to do worse. Handily beat by many more affordable coolers does not help matters either, but the M22 did give us what the box says we should have seen.

 

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At this point, the stock cooler hit the throttle point, and the Kraken M22 is still close to that twenty-degree difference. 79.5-degrees is a bit much for our liking, but it can keep the CPU from throttling, which the stock cooler cannot do.

 

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This test is less about how much better it is than other coolers, although that is part of it, what we want to see is how much cooling is left in the tank. We were able to drop the temperature two degrees to 77.5-degrees now, but we still feel its position in the chart says a lot about the Kraken M22.

 

 

Noise Level Results

 

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Thirty decibels is a fair result when it comes to what the PWM circuit delivers with the processor under load with stock settings. At this time, the fan is turning at 1146 RPM to achieve the earlier thermal results we showed, and while not the best, is still respectable.

 

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With the overclock applied to the CPU, the heat increases, and we move higher in the fan curve. The 37 dB result at this time is still good, and won't drown out all other noises in the room. The fan at this time is turning at 1520 RPM, but there is still quite a bit of speed left to try.

 

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Bring on the noise. With the fans now spinning at 2112 RPM, the noise level coming from this tiny Kraken M22 is beastly. The massive amount of noise at 60 dB for this round of testing is so not worth it, especially looking at how little efficiency is gained when dealing with it.

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