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NZXT Kraken X73 360mm Liquid Cooler with RGB CPU Cooler Review (Page 4)

Chad Sebring | Feb 5, 2020 at 10:56 am CST - 1 min, 51 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 69%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: RL-KRX73-0

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As part of the hardware kit, we pulled the AM3 and AM$ top bracket out, which can easily be swapped with the Intel one that comes on the head unit. For those on the Intel side, you will need this backplate to secure the rest of the gear, except for those running LGA2011 and 2066.

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The four knurled nuts at re top-left are what secures the head unit, to one of the sets of standoffs. To the right are the LGA2011/2066 standoffs, with the universal Intel standoffs below.

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The AMD standoffs may seem strange but are much more secure than any latch system. After removing the plastic ring around the motherboards CPU socket, these standoffs, at the wider end, screw into the factory backplate. The thinner ends use the nuts from the previous image along with the AMD top bracket to secure the X73 equally for both camps.

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Hardware for the radiator consists of a set of twelve shirt screws to mount the radiator to the chassis. Next to them are four stacks with six washers in each stack. Across the bottom, we see twelve fan mounting screws, and washers should be used on both sides, but there are instances where you will need to make a judgment call there.

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We find identical fans to that which are sent in the X53 box, just that this time there is a trio of 4-pin PWM powered RF-AP120-FP 120mm fans to blast air through that radiator. Rather than bulky corners or other means, NZXT uses a rubber cylinder in the fan mounting holes to fight vibrations.

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On the left is the Micro-USB to native 9-pin USB 2.0, which connects the motherboard to the head unit. The manual in the middle covers anything you will need to know, from a parts list, detailed instructions, where to grab CAM, and what to do if an issue pops up. The cable on the right uses a tiny 10-pin clip to pass the SATA power to the head unit, allows for the 3-pin tack connection for the pump, and has the NZXT 4-pin male HUE @ outgoing lead as well.

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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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