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NZXT Kraken X53 240mm Liquid Cooler with RGB CPU Cooler Review (Page 6)

Chad Sebring | Jan 28, 2020 at 09:00 am CST - 2 mins, 46 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 68%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: RL-KRX53-01

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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For the standard run, the results look bad for the X53 at 56.75-degrees, but it is only 5.25-degrees out of the lead. However, out of the thirty or so listed above it, there are a half dozen or so that do a better job for much less invested in cooling the CPU.

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Eight and a half degrees out of the lead with the OC applied is not boding well for NZXT. At 74.5 degrees, the use of PWM and the pursuit of silence in operation has left this AIO in a place where it is tough to justify the expense.

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We always like to see what the best is that we can get with the kit out of the box, no changes other than topping out the fan speed. Even with a ton of noise, and all of that high praise in the features and charts, we have a hard time wrapping our head around the fact we only got another degree or so out of this cooler.

Noise Level Results

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28 dB is a good start - nothing stellar, but still under the radar for many users. We expected a bit better than this, but we are not going to split hairs about how quiet something is, it is still quiet none the less. At the time we recorded this level, the fans hit 1100 RPM.

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Just when we thought this cooler had silence in mind, we see this! 36 dB is reasonable for many, as this is under heavy load with an overclock, similar to gaming loads, but a bit more intense. We saw the fans turning at 1430 RPM as their cap under PWM control.

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With the fans let loose to spin with 12V powering them, we saw speeds at 2100 RPM, with a ton of noise involved! We do not suggest you do this, as 57dB is quite loud, and to get a bit more than a degree for the intrusion is not worth it at all!

Additional notes to consider: All testing was done with the pump set to fixed mode at 100% resulting in a reported speed of 2777 RPM. Also, relying on my motherboard to do precisely what NZXT intended the fans to do may not coexist. Although, our last test put any of that to rest.

Last updated: Jan 29, 2020 at 06:11 am CST

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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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