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The Kraken X60

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After having a disappointing experience with the H100 when I first built this rig, going through three separate units all with the annoying grinding sound I gave up and went with a Havok 140mm.



Until I heard about the Kraken. It wasn't until the other day I saw one at work that I knew they were out. So I picked one up.



I knew it wouldn't fit properly in my Switch 810, but I contacted NZXT and Im sure it will be all squared away soon enough. However I did remember to take pictures for once. First getting the Havok off



Unboxing the Kraken



I liked the cardboard coverings, a tad more shipping insurance is nice when you just bought a $100+ cooler



Assuming this is the next step up from what I call "red label" NZXT fans they should push some air. The cable braiding was also very nice and sturdy.



Unfortunately not all shipping damage was avoided, luckily only one of the locking ring tabs got damage, and there does not appear to be any performance or installation issues.



I had some shin-etsu compound laying around so I used some 91% iso alcohol to clean the block



Radiator installed with 2X140mm in push



Heatsink/block Installed





Only four of the holes lined up, somewhat, but I felt it was adequately secured for the time being



Could use a rewire wink.gif



Torn apart pc



Now useless Zalman fans, they were originally bought for the H100



Overall my temps are a bit lower, Ill have some numbers soon but before I was idling around 32C now Im at 26-7, Im not sure if it was the new compound or just a remount but I will keep an eye on it since that seems like too good of a drop.

This is a five minute log I made after I had been gaming for a few hours, my ambient was about 22-23C and all my case fans were on low(5V). The second page has a graph thats easier to read. Its all software readings, so there might obviously be some error.
FC3 Temps (Click to show)
The software the comes with the unit is buggy, but I can forgive that since its just been released. While testing the program crashed a few times not to mention the whole RGB color scale is a tad misleading as a lot of the colors will not show, and white cant be done either blinksmiley.gif

Ultimately though I was looking for a quiet cooling solution, one that lacked any pump noise or water swishing, something that could be called silent. This does it, the bubbles that could be heard in the beginning were gone by the time I took the Kraken CDROM out of the tray, the noisiest thing in my pc now is an NZXT fan that is not hooked up to my fan controller. The unit feels sturdy, the hose length is more than adequate, all of the excess cabling is sleeved allowing for easy hiding and cable management, the lengths were also well thought out, not to much, not to little, at least not in my tower. Im actually so impressed I feel I could return this and get the single 140mm and still achieve better temps than my Havok, but then I couldnt say I have a 280mm AIO cooler could I tongue.gif
Edited by deathrow9 - 1/2/13 at 12:21am
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Looking good deathrow9. smile.gif Sorry for the borked retention clip, let me know if we need to get you out a replacement. Let me know if you have any questions. thumb.gif
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Thanks! I dont think it will be an issue, the block feels very secure after finishing installing it.

Thus far I have managed to get my 3770k just above ~60C while using prime and furmark to maximize heat generation using the silent fan setting. The liquid temperature reached about 36C under the same test. Turning the fans to 100% immediately dropped the liquid and cpu temps but the noise was too much for the little gain. However in FarCry 3 the liquid temperature only reached ~31.5C, I didnt check the actual CPU temp this time but I doubt it was very high. Once I get the proper top panel and get this in Push/Pull Ill try some OCing but for now its great.
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is it out already?
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is it out already?

Theyre just getting in to stores. I work at Frys and saw it in a new stock cart, theyre not even listed but they exist thumb.gif
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Theyre just getting in to stores. I work at Frys and saw it in a new stock cart, theyre not even listed but they exist thumb.gif

so, it's not actually being sold yet? can you snag me one? i live near frys la palma, biggrin.gif
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I preorder the X60 for my phantom. Will be back in stores on 18.01 here. Happy awaiting it. Thanks for the review. thumb.gif

Can you confirm that date, Retell?
Edited by Jackhead - 12/31/12 at 10:03am
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Sorry if I missed it somewhere, are you running your 3770k stock or are you OCing any? Curious as to what speed and vcore you are at with those temps as i did have an H100 on my new rig for about a month or so before coming to the conclusion that it just was not regulating the fan speed any. The temps were not where I wanted them when I OC'd my 3770k to 4.6 at 1.3 vcore. I ended up scrapping it for a Raystorm setup (which was much more than I wanted to spend). Still have another H100 on my server and want to get rid of it and this Kraken may end up being a better setup. BTW I had run my H100 with the stock crappy paste, then with Ceramique, Zalman, and Arctic Silver. The Silver did the best BTW. Was out of Shin Etsu, which is what I usually use. Yea it makes a difference. Corsair put way too much junk on the mating surface IMO. It was so thick and was the worst performing of the pastes. Even worse than the Zalman stuff.

Nice setup, nicely done BTW. Please keep us posted how it does as the paste 'cures'.
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Where are you able to order these? i got a crappy corsair that is going back monday morning. and would love to get one of these to stick in the switch 810
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so, it's not actually being sold yet? can you snag me one? i live near frys la palma, biggrin.gif

Nice, I work at that one. I didnt check today when I was in there if they had a spot for them. Usualy with new stuff it takes about week to redo the product walls, but it was sitting in the CPU cooler aisle next to the H series and other coolers. We had atleast 4-5 when I saw them, same for the X40s. I wouldnt ask the department they dont know much, they gave me a weird look when I brought it to them and they asked "is this ours?" tongue.gif
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Dethrow9-
Sorry if I missed it somewhere, are you running your 3770k stock or are you OCing any? Curious as to what speed and vcore you are at with those temps as i did have an H100 on my new rig for about a month or so before coming to the conclusion that it just was not regulating the fan speed any. The temps were not where I wanted them when I OC'd my 3770k to 4.6 at 1.3 vcore. I ended up scrapping it for a Raystorm setup (which was much more than I wanted to spend). Still have another H100 on my server and want to get rid of it and this Kraken may end up being a better setup. BTW I had run my H100 with the stock crappy paste, then with Ceramique, Zalman, and Arctic Silver. The Silver did the best BTW. Was out of Shin Etsu, which is what I usually use. Yea it makes a difference. Corsair put way too much junk on the mating surface IMO. It was so thick and was the worst performing of the pastes. Even worse than the Zalman stuff.

Nice setup, nicely done BTW. Please keep us posted how it does as the paste 'cures'.

Funny you ask, I actually forgot to reset my BIOS when I first dropped in the 3770k(also new to me), and I got in to windows and started benchmarking at 4.2ghz stock vcore, maybe upped a little I believe, the temps were not much higher, topping 65-66C on the SILENT fan setting. I will definitely be trying some overclocking soon, but my RAM will probably bottleneck me majorly, I have 4 DIMMS and both of them are different dual channel kits, one being 8gb the other 16gb. The shin-etsu does not need much curing to my knowledge but I will let everyone know if I get some cooler temps in the next few days.

I heard the Kraken is supposed to arriving to Newegg, Frys, and probably the other general retailers within the next few weeks.
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