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NZXT launches Kraken sealed-loop coolers

NZXT launches Kraken sealed-loop coolers

NZXT's Kraken X40 and X60 are Asetek ODM units, but fitted with 140mm or 240mm radiators respectively.

NZXT has officially launched its Kraken sealed-loop liquid cooling products, hoping to steal a march on rivals with larger-than-average radiators.

The NZXT Kraken X40 and X60 are designed as install-and-forget sealed-loop liquid cooling systems, featuring a central pump connected to an all-copper coldplate compatible with all current AMD and Intel socket types. If the design looks familiar, there's a good reason for that: both products are clearly based on cooling specialist Asetek's original design manufacturer (ODM) closed-loop offerings.

That's not to say that NZXT hasn't tried to innovate, though. Unlike most rebranded Asetek products, the Kraken X40 comes with a 140mm radiator - larger than the usual 120mm - while the X60 comes with a 280mm radiator. The cheaper X40 packs a single NZXT FX-140 PWM fan, with the option of fitting a second in a push-pull configuration, with the X60 packing two fans with support for four. The larger X60 also makes the interesting decision of using a SATA connector for its power, helping to reduce clutter in the case.

NZXT's HUE lighting controller is compatible while software is included for toggling the speed of the fans and monitoring the temperature of the coolant. The cabling on both models is sleeved in black and features extended 16" tubing to help route neatly through larger tower cases. Performance figures, sadly, have yet to be shared.

UK pricing for the Kraken family has yet to be confirmed, with NZXT setting a US price of $99 for the X40 and $139 for the X60 (around £61 and £86 respectively, excluding taxes.)

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cave_diver 31st October 2012, 12:02 Quote
I'd be very interested in this ... Good to see something a bit different too (SATA power). There hasn't been much innovation in this area. Although I am very tempted by the Antec 920 if I can ever save enough up!

one idea I've yet to see is to use a Peltier TEC cooler to get the heat off the CPU which is then water cooled - might help get temps even further down, however, extra power is needed
Farting Bob 31st October 2012, 13:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by cave_diver

one idea I've yet to see is to use a Peltier TEC cooler to get the heat off the CPU which is then water cooled - might help get temps even further down, however, extra power is needed

Dont they generally use more power than the CPU it's cooling though? It seems incredibly unnecessary unless you are going for extreme overclock benchmarks but dont want to use liquid nitrogen.
Farfalho 31st October 2012, 23:01 Quote
Go to see new competition but new designs are also welcome because at the distance, they will perform almost the same and the price difference will be the only factor to count in.

I tried to held myself but I have to do it.... RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
(I'll go get my coat)
Nicodemus_MM 2nd November 2012, 00:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by cave_diver
I'd be very interested in this ... Good to see something a bit different too (SATA power). There hasn't been much innovation in this area. Although I am very tempted by the Antec 920 if I can ever save enough up!

one idea I've yet to see is to use a Peltier TEC cooler to get the heat off the CPU which is then water cooled - might help get temps even further down, however, extra power is needed

One thing to keep in mind is that when a TEC fails it becomes an excellent insulator. It's about the only cooling product with that property. Most other coolers will suffer greatly in performance upon critical failure, but they still dissipate some heat. Otherwise they're pretty nice and are even stackable, I'd just be wary of it failing. Maybe only use it for suicide runs, not 24/7. YMMV. Good luck.
Stanley Tweedle 17th January 2014, 11:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Farting Bob
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Originally Posted by cave_diver

one idea I've yet to see is to use a Peltier TEC cooler to get the heat off the CPU which is then water cooled - might help get temps even further down, however, extra power is needed

Dont they generally use more power than the CPU it's cooling though? It seems incredibly unnecessary unless you are going for extreme overclock benchmarks but dont want to use liquid nitrogen.

They can do especially if you go extreme as I used to do with 226w peltier. At full power that's double what a CPU will consume. There are ways to balance consumption though and if you're not aiming for below ambient cooling then the power consumption doesn't have to be that great. Digital control of peltier can be effective especially if there's a management interface to allow the user to create own profiles. I'd love to see a peltier+liquid system. I miss the days of having a peltier on my CPU. You could have a peltier+water loop with peltier adjusted automatically based on CPU load. Peltiers are incredibly versatile so it's a shame the PC cooling industry is afraid to use them now.
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