NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

NZXT Kraken X62 Overview
Beneath the overlapping lids of the exterior cardboard container you will find a manual or user guide for the X62 laying on top of a molded cardboard shell. Pulling the shell from the outer packaging we find a nicely organized group of performance cooling parts. Removing all the different parts and bags, we find everything to be perfectly intact which says to us the packaging as a whole has done it’s job and delivered a completely usable product.

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As you can see with all the protective sleeves removed we have a nice all black design across the whole group. You will find a pair of 140mm fans, wiring for both power and USB connections, as well as a bag of mounting hardware for all modern sockets aside from the soon to be released AM4 socket. Asking around it looks like the adapters should be available mid-March.

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Taking a look at the parts that do the heavy lifting, we’ll start with the matte black 140mm by 26 mm NZXT brand fans. To be specific with the X62 you are getting a pair of Aer P140’s. These bad boys are designed specifically for radiator usage and feature high static pressure at low noise volumes. By the numbers they are blasting out up to 98.17 CFM of airflow and pushing 2.71mm-H2O of pressure at 1800 rpm while only emitting 38dBA of noise. The Fluid Dynamic Bearings they float on are good for 60,000 hours of use and come with a 2 year warranty. Assuming they live up to the numbers these should be some really nice fans.

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After the fans we’ve got the cooler itself. As we mentioned this unit is all black aside from the pump top and bottom. On the radiator you will find the NZXT logo stamped in the side and a standard AiO radiator fin per inch count. Considering the 30mm thickness of the radiator you will find this FPI count to be pretty dense and will benefit from higher fan speeds and pressures to get as much airflow over through the fins as possible.

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The radiator is connected to the pump via sleeved 400mm long tubes that connect to swivel fittings on the pump housing. The tubing is quite flexible and made of a rubber designed to limit evaporation

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At other end of the tubing is of course the heart of the X62, the pump. My first impression of these pumps is that they are actually pretty large compared to their competitor’s pumps. We can assume of course that this is due to the 80mm infinity mirror that lives in the top of the housing. This mirror is actually a two way mirror and a standard mirror sandwiching an LED ring and centered LED NZXT logo. The effect is the same as placing two mirrors in front of each other and seeing the way everything is infinitely reflected back and forth. The top of the mirror is protected by a plastic layer.

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Aside from the mirror on top you will find a high performance Asetek built pump inside housing and a full copper heat plate on the base. The side of the pump has a mini-usb connector for data transfer to your motherboard as well as a 9 pin power connector. This connector plugs into an open sata connector from your PSU as well as the CPU_FAN header on the motherboard. It then splits off and outputs power to the fans and can be connected to up to four fans. The whole power system is quite robust.

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The pump comes preinstalled with the Intel bracket and thermal material on the base. The bracket can be easily swapped for the included AMD bracket and the upcoming AM4 bracket as well.

NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler

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