NZXT Kraken X62 Review & Specs
Pump: 80 x 80 x 52.9mm
AMD Socket AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2
Pump: Silent / Performance / Custom / Manual
Reactive Modes: Smart and Audio
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NZXT Kraken X62 280mm – RL-KRX62-02 – AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler – CAM-Powered – Infinity Mirror Design
NZXT Kraken X62 RL-KRX62-02 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling with Software Controlled RGB Lighting
The all-new Kraken Series features the most advanced controls ever to be included in an all-in-one liquid cooler. Through CAMs software interface, users can fine-tune settings to ensure an optimal performance, even in the most intense gaming sessions. Everything, including the pump, radiator, and the fans, have been redesigned to bring you the greatest experience in liquid cooling.
-New performance engineered pump
-Individually addressable RGB and infinite mirror design
-CAM Powered for complete software control
-Includes Aer P radiator-optimized fan
-Advanced lighting modes for a fully dynamic lighting experience
-Reinforced, extended tubing for increased durability
– Fan Size: 2 Fan Slots (140mm) – 500 – 1,800 +/- 300 RPM – Radiator Dim. 315.00 x 143.00 x 30.00mm – Fan Noise 21 – 38 dBA
– Compatible with AMD & Intel CPUs : Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 – AMD SocketTR4, AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2
– Includes AM4 / TR4 Bracket
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NZXT Kraken X62 AIO 280 mm
Sexiest AIO ever made
Yup. This puppy right here is pure awesomeness! Let’s begin … by Releasing The Kraken ! Oh yes, sorry, couldn’t control myself. But this is another product that makes me giggle with excitement. Yes, it has RGB like everything now from kitchen sinks to .. pets? But this is one way to do it perfectly.
Not only that, as we will soon discover that looks aren’t everything, because this is one hell of an AIO liquid cooler.
First about NZXT :
Nzxt (stylized as NZXT) is a computer hardware manufacturer based in Los Angeles, California. The company is best known for being a major manufacturer of computer cases, components, and accessories for the PC gaming market.
The name NZXT is a corruption of the word “next” in uppercase and they take pride in 13 years of successful service.
They have a list of core values and principles (passion, courage, community etc) that inspire their creativity, drive their decision-making, and guides them in bringing the best PC gaming products possible to the customers.
Price when reviewed:
£ 149.99 – via Amazon.co.uk
NZXT RL-KRX62-01 280 mm Kraken Series All-in-One Liquid Cooler – Black
$ 169.95 – via Amazon.com
NZXT Kraken X62 All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooling System Cooling, Black RL-KRX62-01
Here is the full video review as well. Enjoy !
Presentation and specification
Courtesy of their website:
- The all-new Kraken Series features the most advanced controls ever to be included in an all-in-one liquid cooler.
- New performance engineered pump
- Individually addressable RGB and infinite mirror design
- CAM Powered for complete software control
- Includes Aer P radiator-optimized fan
- Advanced lighting modes for a fully dynamic lighting experience
- Reinforced, extended tubing for increased durability
- Industry-leading 6-year warranty
Through CAM’s software interface, users can fine-tune settings to ensure an optimal performance, even in the most intense gaming sessions.Everything, including the pump, radiator, and the fans, have been redesigned to bring you the greatest experience in liquid cooling, all backed by an industry-leading 6-year warranty.
NZXT did a wonderful job presenting their products and new technologies hence no need for to explain further. It’s not me being lazy, but take a look for yourselves.
NZXT is debuting the Aer P series of high static pressure fans, which feature chambered intake and exhausts, winglet designed fan blades and fluid dynamic bearings. These will be available separately, in 120 mm (included with the Kraken X52 and 140 mm models (included with Kraken X42 and X62). The Aer P series also includes sleeved cables, as well as vibration dampeners.
Then here are the specs:
Packaging and Visual Examination
So first things first.
The main side has a minimalist approach, just the name of the product onto an all white background with a full graphical drawing of the Kraken X62.
On the back we have a quick preview how the AIO will look if the radiator will be mounted vertically in the font, then some of the highlights that you previously saw and the introduction of their proprietary monitoring and control CAM software.
The top side is all purple and carries the NZXT logo.
Let’s move inside.
First up we have the Kraken X62 dual 140 mm radiator. Notice the excellent sleeving for the tubes and the mirror like face of the CPU socket/pump assembly.
Speaking of, on the side, these are the power and control plugs for the pump, fans and the light show.
The Kraken X62’s CPU socket/pump assembly comes with a pre-applied thermal paste.
Then all the accessories, detailed as follows:
– 1x AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
– 1x Mounting kit for all INTEL CPU sockets
– 1x Mounting kit for all AMD CPU sockets
– 2x NZXT Aer P 140 mm High Performance PWM Fans
– 1x SATA powered fans cable
– 1x USB control cable
– 1x Thermal compound (pre-applied)
– 1x Quick Start Guide
– 4x Thumb locking screws
– 8x Short Philips screws
– 12x Adapters (Intel / AMD )
– 16x Metal washers
– 16x Long Philips screws
Can’t wait to install it !
Select your mounting orientation. Most likely it will be a top or a front mounted layout. Just be sure to have the tubes that come out of the CPU block/pump on the right side. This is the only orientation if you want your logo to be facing you correctly when it lights up.(Not as seen in the picture).
If you choose the front mounting location, one school of though is that you mount the fans to intake the air.
So, in this case, the fans will be sandwiched between the radiator and the case – hence you will use the long screws. Like this:
Then, remove the transparent protective cap on the CPU pump and secure the whole assembly via the 4 double threaded adapters plus the 4 thumbscrews, remembering the correct orientation that we discussed earlier.
Note that for the big LGA 2011 sockets there is no need for the back bracket because of the native design. Hence this is the easiest form of installation you will experience. The tubing is quite flexible so kudos to that.
As the protective film on the PCU block states, please plug in the power and control cables before turning on the PC.
The fans splitter is SATA powered so after you take care of that, install the control cable in a USB 2.0 port on the motherboard.
And that’s basically it ! Behold as our title states …
Turn it on and the magic starts. More on the RGB lighting later on.
Here is a quick preview.
Ok, after we analyse the CAM software, let’s find out if it performs as well as its looks.
NZXT CAM Software & RGB Control
So, download for free the application from NZXT.
Create an account so you can save you profile settings on their cloud but you can also use it guest mode.
With this you got full control for your NZXT products like the HUE+ or/and the KRAKEN AIOs.
On the main dashboard you get the quick overview of your PC statistics such as temperature, load and RPM.
Down below you will see KRAKEN X62 active and which profile setting it is using.
It also has an advance mode for more detailed statistics.
I even has an overclocking ability like MSI’s Afterburner software.
Also as the above, it offers as well an overlay for in game FPS and monitoring and a detailed game statistics tab.
Then here is the KRAKEN control tab. You have real time information regarding CPU and liquid temperature, pump and fans RPM. Plus you get out of the box profiles like “Fixed”, “Silent” and “Performance” mode and of course you own customizable profiles.
And finally the RGB lighting and animations effects. You can customize each effect, add colors, adjust the speed of the effects and the rotation of the LED rings. The list would not be complete if it didn’t have temperature, audio and even frames per second interaction. Brilliant !
And here is the magic in action with some of the effects. Absolutely stunning !
The CPU will be tested in 2 main scenarios: at stock settings and then overclocked at 4.5 Ghz with 1.380v, both scenarios with an Intel Burn Test run set at High stress settings.
Let it ran for 20 minutes and the let the CPU 10 minutes to cool, after which we measured the idle temperature.
For the noise we used our Pyle PSPL01 placed 30 cm away from the setup.
Thermal paste used was the pre-applied one by NZXT and for the other testing cooler, the extra stock paste that came with it.
We will compare the results with a dual tower cooler because we upgraded (again) our testing platform and this is the only one that was also tested in the new setup.
Any results over 90° C in any condition are considered a fail.
Processor: Intel i7 3930k @ OC’ed to 4.5 Ghz – 1.380v
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Rampage IV Formula X79 ATX
RAM: 24 GB (2×4) G.Skill Trident X DDR3 2400 Mhz + 16 GB (2×8) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 Mhz – all running at 1333 Mhz
GPUs:2x Way SLI MSI GTX 780 LIGHTNING
SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB
PSU: Corsair TX850 V2
Air cooler comparison: REEVEN Okeanos Dual Tower 120+140 mm
– Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1607
– NZXT CAM v3.3.0
– NVIDIA GeForce WHQL 375.63
– Core Temp v1.7 R6
– CPU-Z v1.71 ASUS ROG Skin
– Intel Burn Test v2.54
So one run in the Intel Burn Test at stock cpu voltages and speed and then overcloked at 4.5 Ghz on all 6 cores with a fixed voltage of 1.380v
Full disclosure, this being our first ever AIO to review, we didn’t know what to expect.
Our main testing dual tower air cooler already was a very good performer and thus the Kraken X62 had a lot to prove.
But it did just that. On all counts it was better than the air cooling. Fantastic results considering we used and overclocked a power hungry old-school grunt hexa core CPU which the Kraken had no problems to keep under control.
NZXT overdone themselves with this epic AIO liquid cooler that not only has maximum eye candy but offers the complete package regarding cooling performance, design, build quality and noise output. Well done !
+ Outstanding build quality and finish
+ Excellent cooling and noise performance
+ User friendly / easy to flex tubing
+ Easy installation
+ Excellent implementation of the CAM software
+ Maximum eye candy from the continuous mirror effect and RGB light rings
– Maybe for the price it would have been perfect it would have had 4 included fan for push and pull configuration
– At full chat it is noisy but that’s with any cooler.
Glob3trotters “Editor’s Choice” Award – 5 out 5
NZXT Kraken X62 280mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Performance Engineered Pump - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P140mm Radiator Fan (2 Included)
Pros: - looks fantastic - Easy to install - Keeps my cpu extremely cool under load and while gaming - Colors can be customized - Cam software is fantastic, I've had zero issues - Keeps the fire breathing Intel I9 7900X cool as ice at max load - Fans are super quiet and push a lot of air - Tubing is flexible and easy to work with NOT rigid and annoying - 3 year warranty - Did I mention it looks fantastic? I purchased this cpu cooler for my i9 7900x cpu. Initially I had a h100i v2 from Corsair and it was terrible. Not only were their fans loud, at max load I had cores hitting temps of up to 90C. Also the h100i v2 tubing was ridiculously stiff and hard to work with. With this cpu cooler I am getting max load temps no higher than 61c at 4.5 ghz on all cores. While gaming for hours, pubg, call of duty infinite warfare, battlefield 1 my i9 stays nice and cool, never breaking 60c. Idle temps are 25c average. Thermal paste that comes on it is really good. I didn't bother stripping it off and using other paste. I know some people have complained about the cam software, but I've experienced 0 issues with it. Also pump is extremely silent. Don't think twice about getting this cooler it's worth every penny.
Cons: - Not buying this would be a con for anybody looking for a fantastic AIO.
Overall Review: - I highly recommend this product and if I failed I would not hesitate to get another one via RMA.
Put Your CPU Under Water for $120
Cooling your processor is important if you want it to perform at its best or if you're starting to dip your feet into overclocking. The NZXT Kraken X62 can be your new best friend for $119.98, 25% off its normal asking price.
The NZXT Kraken X62 is a 280mm all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooling system that can get the job done and look good in the process. Although marketed as a 280mm cooler, the Kraken X62's radiator measures 315 x 143 x 30mm, so make sure your PC case has the clearance space before pulling the trigger. The included NZXT Aer P140 cooling fans are 26mm thick, so take that into consideration too.
The NZXT Aer P140 are 140mm fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) fans that have been optimized for cooling radiators. They operate at 500-1,800 RPM with a fan noise level of 21-38dBA. According to NZXT's specifications, the Aer P140 delivers a maximum airflow of 98.17 CFM and air pressure of 2.71mm-H2O. The Aer P140 is rated with a very generous life expectancy of 60,000 hours or six years.
The NZXT Kraken X62 cools your CPU with a newly engineered water pump that operates with a pump speed of 1,600-2,800 RPM. It features a cool design with customizable RGB lighting that you can alter with NZXT's included CAM software.
The Kraken X62 comes with mounting hardware for a wide range of Intel and AMD CPU sockets. On the Intel side, the Kraken X62 is compatible with the LGA 115x, LGA 1366, LGA 2011(-3) and LGA 2066 sockets. On the AMD side, the cooler works on the TR4, AM4, FM2(+), FM1, AM3(+) and AM2(+) sockets.
Is This the Deal for You?
If you need help figuring out how to pick a cooler, our CPU Cooler Buying Guide is here to help. You can find our list of the best coolers (both air and liquid) available today, based on our own testing, on the Best CPU Coolers 2019 page.
NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
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At this point, we would hope that you have looked at, at least one of the previous pair of coolers to be released from NZXT, as they are something you do not want to miss. Some of the things we have found out so far are that the new Kraken coolers are some of the best looking AIOs on the market. With the brushed metal head unit, the tinted top lens, quite the RGB LED show, sleeved tubes, and a sleek looking radiator with the NZXT name molded into the sides of it. Another point about these Kraken coolers is that they operate in near silence unless you are the type that likes to tinker and appreciates fan noise. Lastly, and what is on the minds of most buyers, the performance has not been bad either.
The new Kraken coolers do bring it stylistically, but at the heart of these offerings, it is the CAM software and a new way of looking at how to make an AIO perform better that will swing many customers. Using CAM, you have full control of everything from the fan speeds, to the pump speeds, and of course, this is also where you can set the LEDs to work just about any ways you can conceive of having them illuminate. On a more basic level, NZXT chose to go with the idea of basing performance on pump speed in the Kraken Series. Rather than just throwing fans at the radiator till they stick and perform well with a ton of noise, NZXT chooses to adjust the speed of the pump, forcing coolant through the system faster to keep temperatures at bay.
This is the last cooler of the Kraken trilogy as we bring you the Kraken X62 from NZXT. From what we have seen up to this point, we have high hopes that the Kraken X62 might just be the new performance leader and chart-topping cooler. Since we tend to let our charts do the talking, we feel it is time to dive right in. Let's look at what the Kraken X62 is all about, see if NZXT is the new king of AIOs, and find out what it will cost for you to enjoy what we are about to show you here today.
The chart provided from NZXT is virtually the same as we have seen across all three of the Kraken coolers, but there are two differences this time around. Initially, we see that the radiator on this unit is 175mm long, it is 143mm wide, and is 30mm thick, as this is a 280mm liquid cooler. The head unit is the same. It is 80mm in diameter, and it stands 52.9mm in height. The materials used are the same as all the rest too, where we find an aluminum radiator, copper base plate, and rubber tubes with nylon sleeves. All told, with fans, the Kraken X62 weighs in at 890 grams. As to the compatibility, Intel support covers LGA115X, LGA1366, and LGA2011 and 2011-V3. As for AMD, this will fit AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, and FM2+, but nothing yet as to support for Ryzen.
NZXT recommends that these coolers be run in accompaniment with their CAM software. The software allows you to switch through four modes of control for both the pump and the fans. It is also how the LEDs are controlled, where the choice is to use one of the thirteen modes of operation or set them to a static color of your choosing. The pump can be controlled in a range of 1000 to 2800 RPM, but CAM shows double these speeds. The fans, not fan which the chart shows, are Aer P140 fans, and the X62 comes with two in the box. Again, CAM can control these fans in a range of 500 to 1800 RPM, and the maximum sound level is shown to be 38 dB(A). Most important to many potential customers, is that if you do buy the Kraken X62, you can use it worry free for six years, as that is how long the warranty coverage is.
When it comes to the Kraken X62, you are going to have to come up with a fair bit of cash, but compared to the smaller Kraken coolers, the jump in price is not all that much. The MSRP is set on the Kraken X62 at $159.99, and can be seen all over the product page, where you can also purchase this cooler directly from NZXT. Just like when we looked for the X42 and X52, Newegg is selling tall of the NZXT Kraken coolers matching the MSRP.
Looking at Amazon to see what they are asking, we were shocked to see that they are asking $176.99 at this time. While we obviously do not recommend that you use Amazon to purchase any of the Kraken coolers, we do feel that the $159.99 asking price elsewhere is on point for a cooler with this number of features, and the size of it being what it is.
The front of the box for the Kraken X62, 280mm liquid cooler, is white. With clear text at the top of the panel, this leaves NZXT plenty of room to put an image of the cooler, with the head unit powered, front and center.
The next panel we come to is purple, and begins with specifications, shows socket support, covers the warranty, and even delivers performance results. There is an annotation to the thirty-six percent increase in size over the Kraken X52, and that this cooler results in a twenty-six-degree drop in temperatures versus the stock cooler on an overclocked 4770K.
We see another white panel as we spin around to the back, and this panel has a lot to look at. There is an image of the Kraken installed in a chassis and reasons why this should be your next cooler. Features are listed at the bottom, while the right side is used to display one of the windows in the CAM software, to give you an idea of what to expect.
Back to purple again for the last panel of the box. Here we can see a full list of features repeated in eleven languages in total, and near the bottom are some barcodes and the serial number of the unit.
Just like the rest, the Kraken X62 is separated into compartments in the inner cardboard packaging. The head unit and tubing are inside of a plastic bag, while the radiator and fans are slid into cardboard sleeves. The hardware is slipped in between the fans and the radiator, and the wiring is found on top of the tubing. This is standard when it comes to AIO packaging, and has never let us down, and the excellent condition that our Kraken X62 arrived in can attest to that.
NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler
After removing a cover from the top of the head unit noting to connect all the wires, this is what the pump, cover, and top window look like. The center of the cover is plastic, and we can just make out the NZXT name under it. We can also see that a plastic cover clamps onto the bracket at the bottom and protects the base.
The right side of the head unit is where the coolant is taken out and put into it. NZXT uses swivel fittings which have the tubes connected to it, and in the Kraken series, the tubes are covered with a braided sleeve.
As we saw on the smaller models, the X62 still has the two connecting points on the head unit. The longer of the two is for SATA power of the pump and fan control via PWM from the motherboard. The smaller connection is for the cable which allows CAM to control the fans and pump speeds.
After removing the plastic cover that protects the copper cold plate and pre-applied time, we get a clear view of what is under the head unit There are four screws which will need to be removed if you want to use this on AMD motherboards, and we see that the TIM is evenly applied and debris free.
Since we do not test with the pre-applied TIM, we removed it to expose the cold plate. The center of the cold plate is the high point, and there are circular machining marks left in the copper from when it was shaped at the Asetek factory.
Moving to the other end of the AIO, we can see two things. The tubing is connected to the radiator via straight fittings, and the same composite plastic rings hold the tubing in place. The second thing to mention is that the length of the tubing of the Kraken coolers is longer than most, and on the X62 it is nearly sixteen inches long.
The side of the radiator is much longer than what we have in this image, but we wanted to show you the NZXT name pressed into the steel cover that runs down the long sides of this radiator.
Opposite the end of the radiator which the tubing connects to, on this header we find a sticker. The sticker shows the model of the cooler, the serial number of the cooler, that Asetek makes it, and even shows the power draw of the Kraken X62.
Accessories and Documentation
There is an Intel backplate that is to be used with LGA115X and LGA1366 motherboards, and it has adjustable bits at the corners to work with both. On AMD motherboards, you will need to swap the ring to the one shown here, and using the stock backplate; you are to install the standoffs specific to AMD.
In this image, we have the LGA2011 and 2011-V3 standoffs and the LGA115X and LGA1366 standoffs in the front. Behind them are the knurled nuts which are used for all AMD and Intel installations, as they lock the head unit to the motherboard.
When it comes to mounting fans of mounting the radiator into the chassis, NZXT is sure to give you all you will ever need. There are sixteen long fan screws at the back, while in the front there are eight short screws to secure the radiator, and sixteen washers to use as well.
There are also two cables which need to be connected to the head unit. The simpler of the two is a cable which has a native USB 2.0 internal header on one end, and a Mini-USB connection at the other to allow for software control. The larger bundle is used to power the head unit via SATA power, it has a 3-pin fan connection for PWM signals from the motherboard, and can power four 4-pin fans.
Unlike what the specifications say, the Kraken X62 ships with a pair of fans. They are both RF-A140-FP fans, they are black, and both fans use seven blades to push air through the 22FPI density of the radiator.
We are also given a manual to guide us through the installation process. Via renderings and short text instructions, each step is shown, and all options are described, so there is no reason you will get stuck in any part of that process.
Installation and Finished Product
When it came to assembly, the first thing we did was added the fans to the radiator. The pair of 140mm fans covers all of the fin area, and the long screws and washers compress the rubber inserts in the fan holes and eliminate any source of vibration.
The next step to take is to move the adjustable ends on the Intel backplate to the inner spot for this LGA115X motherboard. You then can set the plate over the holes, and the plate should settle in and rest against the back of the motherboard.
We then flipped the motherboard over, and in each of the holes, we screwed in the appropriate standoffs. Screw these in until the thread stops, and know that at this point the hardware will move around a bit.
As the other two do, the Kraken X62 can be seen peeking out over the top of the RAM. The head unit fittings are close, but we have no issues adjusting the angle of the tubing.
There should be a bit of play in the position of which the head unit can be installed. On the X42 it was close to the RAM like this, but on the X52 the gap between fittings and memory was wider. However, this is why NZXT mentions the 35mm restriction.
The 80mm diameter of the head unit is of no concern when it comes to clearance around it. The motherboard screws, the 8-pin, and the top PCI-e slot is all accessible.
Do not forget to do what the sticker on the head unit reminds you of. Make sure to connect the 9-pin and the Mini-USB connections to the head unit, and we would do it before installation, just to make life easy.
Even though the 280mm radiator is about the extent of what can be fit at the top of the D-Frame, the length of the tubing does not limit us from doing so. In our setup, we cannot complain about anything. The clearance is great around the cooler, and all the weight is hanging from the case, not the socket.
This is just the basics when it comes to the LED light show that is possible in the Kraken series of coolers. Once powered, the NZXT name and the ring surrounding it will glow with light, but the color or mode is your choice to make.
NZXT CAM Software
After installation, choosing to create a profile or entering as a guest, and after a short tutorial, this is what CAM will display right away. The dashboard is where you can look to see CPU temperature and usage, video card temperature and usage, fan speeds, drives and space, even RAM information. The bottom of the window will always display information on the Kraken, where we see the mode it's in, the coolant temperature, fan speed percentage, and the pump and fan speeds in real-time.
Under tuning, with the cooling tab opened, you can make your way to this window. This is where you can go to change the fan control mode, or the pump control mode, set custom fan curves, or use a fixed level to run all the time. What you do in the charts is what will be displayed at the bottom, after saving the changes.
Under lighting, still in the tuning section, you can adjust the lights. At the top, you can run both on, either of them off, or both off. The lower section allows you to select a preset mode of lighting, or you can choose to use them in a static color using the color options or RGB codes on the right.
For more LED options, move to the smart section. Here you can have the head unit display GPU temperatures by color, red being hot and blue being cold. You can also change it to reflect the CPU temperature, as well as opting for FPS on screen, and customize the color scale to whatever you want.
You can even let the music or game noise control what the LEDs do with this cooler. You can set a level which will set off the LED response, sync it to the PC sounds, or just use the RGB LEDS to show when the bass is booming.
Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results
Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.
The CPU is at stock speed, and we are using the motherboard's PWM setting to allow CAM to read it for its settings. In silent mode, the Kraken X62 is the third best cooler at 55.25 degrees, but when put into performance mode, it takes top honors in our chart at 52.75 degrees.
At this point, we do have the overclock applied, but PWM is still sending signals to control speeds of the fans and pump. Setting the X62 to silent mode, we saw a mediocre result of 72.5 degrees. Good, but not great. However, once we moved to performance mode, the Kraken jumps ten spots, making it the second-best cooler we have tested on this 6700K.
Even with a bunch of noise involved, the Kraken X62 holds its ground and stays in second place. While 67 degrees is nothing to laugh at, we would have hoped to see it beat the smaller H80i.
Noise Level Results
Silent mode has the fans turning at 489 RPM, giving us the 24dB rating. In performance mode, the fans increase speed, but to just 800 RPM, and are still quiet at just 25dB
With processor overclocked the fan speed increases slightly in silent mode, and we took a 25dB reading then. Even in performance mode, the fans increase is speed under 100 RPM, but the noise level rose slightly here too, to 26dB.
The fastest we saw the fans running in the CAM software was at speeds of 1864 RPM, and boy, do they bring the noise, in the tune of 76dB. We also took account that the pump is now spinning at 5387 RPM as reported by CAM software, and if you turn the fans down, you can hear the pump.
The Kraken X62 is the best cooler we have tested at stock speeds of the CPU, and the second-place finish when overclocked is no joke either. What impresses us about this entire lineup of cooler, though, is that you get all that performance with hardly any audible noise coming from the Kraken X62.
While silent mode did not give us the best results, one can easily switch it over to performance mode and let the pump do most of the heavy lifting. The noise level rises slightly, but in a closed case, you will never hear a peep, and the results show the drastic upgrade in temperatures to be had using this mode. We do not suggest that you use the fans at full speed, but you can easily run the pump at maximum, and get the best of both worlds, great thermals, and as little noise as possible. What takes this cooler over the top compared to many other AIOs we have seen, though, is the elegant looking head unit with RGB LED lighting that just doesn't quit when it comes to options for control.
The mounting hardware is like what any other Asetek cooler comes with and has been proven to be a great system of mounting for about three or four generations now. The amount of hardware include is great too, as you can order up an extra set of fans to run push/pull with them, and lower the temperatures another three to four degrees across our loaded test results. The amount of control and information offered via the CAM software is also something that helps to set the Kraken X62 ahead of all the other brands of AIOs right now.
Even though NZXT mentions a RAM clearance limitation of 35mm, there is enough play in the mounting system, which you can slide the head unit toward the rear I/O a millimeter or two, and eliminate any issues that the swivel fittings may have caused when using tall memory on the motherboard. No matter what angle we take, no matter how much we try to find fault with the Kraken X62, we are coming up blank as to anything bad to say about it.
When it comes to 280mm radiator based AIO, they have all released in the range of $150 to $160, so the price that NZXT has set is not out of bounds. While we do wish that the cooler took top honors on all the charts, as it would make the cost that much less relevant, we still feel there is much worth to the Kraken X62.
It has bested its brethren as we expected, and at $149.99 to obtain this sealed loop CPU cooler, it has value, it is full of features, and it is more than capable of keeping any processor tamed, even if you plan to overclock.
The Bottom Line: As expected, the Kraken X62 is the best in the NZXT lineup! It is feature rich, the software is top notch, and the results we obtained are some of the best we have seen to date.
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Chad joined the TweakTown team in 2009 and has since reviewed 100s of new techy items. After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.
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