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NZXT Kraken X53 240mm Liquid Cooler with RGB CPU Cooler Review (Page 4)

Chad Sebring | Jan 28, 2020 at 09:00 am CST - 2 mins, 25 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 68%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: RL-KRX53-01

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There is quite a bit of hardware that comes with the Kraken X53, but we will break it down to make it easier to absorb. As we typically see, we find the plastic backplate with adjustable studs, used for only Intel systems. On the right is the AM4 mounting bracket, which also has holes for AM3 users as well. As said on the box, if you plan to use this with a TR4 system, you will need to procure the bracket for that.

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In this image, we have the sets of standoffs spread out at the top. On the left are the AMD standoffs, with the LGA2011/2066 set in the middle, and the universal Intel set at the right. At the bottom are the four knurled nuts that can be installed by hand, but we do recommend the use of a screwdriver to secure them.

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At some point, you will need to add the fans and mount the radiator, and here is the hardware to get that done. At the left, eight short screws can be used with or without washers and install the radiator next to the chassis. There are sixteen total washers so that they can be used on both sides of the radiator, and there were sixteen screws, one dropped on the floor, and was not discovered until after everything was ready to go.

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Sorry about the fact that the pretty standard USB cable in the back is a bit fuzzy, but there is not that much to say. It is black, and it has a USB 2.0 9-pin connector on one end and the Micro-USB connector on the other. What is new is the multi-function cable! The tine 10-pin connection plugs into the head unit, and the 3-pin fan gets connected to the motherboard for pump RPM.

The SATA connector powers everything, but hiding behind it is the 4-pin male HUE RGB lead, that allows the X53 to control the RGB lighting of LEDs and fans, bypassing the motherboard, and demoting fan power leads to motherboard control now too!

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The fans used are plain looking for an AIO with so much emphasis on RGB lighting! NZXT uses a pair of RF-AP120-FP fans, whose specifications can be found at the beginning of the review. A rubber sleeve isolates them in the fan screw holes, each fan has seven blades, and they are 4-pin PWM powered.

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The manual that ships with the X53 are all-inclusive. There is a parts list, how to get CAM, where to go if you have an issue, along with step-by-step instructions for AMD and both styles of Intel installations. They also make sure to cover the wiring in detail, where they state that you may also want to buy a fan controller to connect the fans. Insert sad face emoji!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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