NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Installation
We’ll be starting this installation like we start all other test AiO samples, by installing the fans. We plan to mount the radiator in the top of the case and always set up our fans to run in a “pull” configuration. This means having the frame part of the fan facing down and the wires running towards what will be the back of the case. Included with the unit is full set of screws and washers not only for the included fans, but for an additional set as well. Line both fans up and attach with a screw and washer at each corner.

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With the fans attached we can install the radiator in the top of the case. Holding the rad in place with one hand, secure it with a screw and washer set or two with your free hand. Finish off securing the rad with the other included short screws.

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In order to install the pump you’ll first need to install the pump bracket to the back of the motherboard. The included bracket design has been around for years and is super simple to install. Simply line the posts in the bracket up with the holes in your motherboard and secure in place with the appropriate standoffs. There will be a little bit of play once tightened down, this is normal.

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With the standoffs in place we can install the pump. Thanks to NZXT our TIM is already in place on the base of the pump. All we have to do is align it with the standoffs and secure with the thumb screws.

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The cooler ships with a protective plastic sheet on the top of the pump. Our sample did not come with a pull tab for removing the sheet easily but we are told the production release ships with a different cover and an easy to use pull tab. You can see in the photo how it appears scratched and hazy. Removing it reveals a perfect plastic mirror.

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With the pump attached you can move on to the electrical connections. First attach the mini USB connector to the pump. After it’s attached route the cable down to an open usb header on your motherboard and attach the female side to pins on the motherboard. Next run the 9-pin power cable adapter from the back of the case into the front and attach it to the pump. The power adapter can then be plugged into an available SATA connector from your PSU as well as the two fans.

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Once all your connections are made, button the case back up, plug in your cables, and hit the power button. You should have immediate fan noise, as well as a pulsing white infinity LED light on the pump top.

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