NZXT Kraken X53 CPU Cooler
After removing all of the components from the box, including eliminating many of the protective layers, we ran into this warning sticker. It states that you need to connect all of the cables before turning this on. By that, we assume they mean the multi-function and USB cables, or on the other side, do not try to hot-plug devices into the X53 either.
With the sticker removed, we can get into the head unit. We know that the size of the plastic center inside of the brass ring is ten percent bigger, but the entire head unit appears more substantial as well, visually. If you look closely, you can almost make out the NZXT logo on the center of the window.
On what is, traditionally, nearest the top of the motherboard, molded into the plastic lower section cover, is a pair of ports. The one on the left is the multi-functions 10-pin cable connecting point, and to the right of it is a Micro-USB port, which allows for USB port control over the X53 for CAM.
The fittings of the head unit are on the side that typically faces the RAM. We can see that the ninety-degree fittings swivel at the head unit, before making the bend. The hose is placed over the barb, sleeved, and then the tight collar is placed over them to lock them into the loop.
We removed the plastic cap that protects the base and thermal paste, and we see that there are no signs of debris in the paste, and the copper is clean and free of staining. Also, the X53 comes shipped with the Intel mounting bracket, which can easily be twisted and removed so that it can be swapped with the AM4 bracket.
As we do, the paste is removed to look at the surface of the cold plate. It is convex, its highest point being the center. The machine marks are still visible and leave a slick-looking circular pattern, as well as increased surface area ever so slightly versus a finely polished mating surface.
Not that we do not trust NZXT, we measure all of the AIOs tubing. Converting the 400mm claim to inches is just shy of fifteen and three-quarters inches, which the tape measure shows we are close, and we are measuring from the far end of each collar holding the tubes in place.
On both sides of the radiator, NZXT ensures that even with the unit powered off, anyone can see who makes it. While the indented name being black on black is tough to see in a chassis at first, a discerning eye will pick it up quickly.
The thickness of the radiator is 27mm from the top edge to the bottom, and the fins are a bit thinner than that. However, while we are here, we see the RL-KX53-01 model number, and also the ip-mark.com address which tells us for sure this is an Astetek unit, again, not that we did not believe the text on the box, just an additional way to distinguish them from the rest.
Looking through the 240mm radiator, we see that Asetek still sticks with the 21-22 FPI density of their radiators. Good thing the fans are said to be decent! It takes a fair bit of airflow and pressure to cool a CPU to "high-performance" or "incredible performance" levels, as NZXT states, this unit is!
Last updated: Jan 29, 2020 at 06:11 am CST