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NZXT Technologies KRAKEN X60 Premium 280MM Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler RL-KRX60-01 Black Reviews

MyFaceHole

Works, But Doesn't Live Up To Expectations

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Pros: Quiet pump, many LED color options, simple software, looks great.

Cons: Fans rattle and are generally loud when above 50%, sometimes I hear air bubble noises, lower performance than expected.

I ordered the X60 to replace my Zalman blue LED heatsink. I expected to see an improvement in temperature, but I actually saw worse temperatures. With my air cooler I my system ran at: 34C idle, 62C load With the X60 my system ran at: 42C idle, 63C load For these tests I ran the X60 so it had similar loudness as my air cooler, for load I ran prime95 for 3 minutes (no long I know). For the temperature readings I used CPUID Hardware Monitor CPUTIN temperature. I really expected more out of this cooler, perhaps it is just faulty or I did something wrong. When I first put it on with the stock TIM the temperatures were terrible (50C-ish idle), so I got arctic silver 5 and now it runs at 42C...
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tyguy

Impressive raw performance but could use improvement

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Pros: Great performance, Great looks, Long tubes, RGB lit waterblock

Cons: Noisy stock fans, Somewhat noisy pump, Buggy and unimpressive software.

The NZXT Kraken x60 has been out for quite a while now, and based on its scarce availability and generally positive reviews, it seems to be quite popular with enthusiasts. I am here to share my experience with you, to better guide you towards your choice of cooling. Note I cannot fully review the packaging as I bought it as an open box product. Installation was easy once I actually received mounting hardware. I had bought it open box from amazon, like I had said, and they did not include any of the accessories. On top of that, the plastic protection that would normally cover the waterblock was gone, which meant that the included thermal paste had smeared all over the inside of the box,...
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