NZXT Kraken X62 All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooler Review

With today's NZXT Kraken review we step up the performance ladder and review its X62 model AIO CPU Cooler. As NZXT spells out on it website, and it is not modest about it, saying that the new Kraken series "have been redesigned to bring you the greatest experience in liquid cooling, all backed by an industry-leading 6-year warranty."

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NZXT Kraken X62

The NZXT Kraken X62 doesn’t change the formula that NZXT has used with the X52, it just supercharges it by making everything bigger. With a bigger radiator and larger fans, you have a system that can handle larger heat loads and disperse that heat more quickly.

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Package & Specs

NZXT has always packaged its coolers well and the X62 is no exception. Formed cardboard, plastic wrapping, and cardboard sleeves keep everything safe.

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Dimensions: (L) 315mm(W) 143mm x (H) 30mm

Material: Aluminum radiator with copper water block

Weight: 1290g

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2011
  • LGA 1366
  • LGA 115X
  • AMD

  • AM2
  • AM2+
  • AM3
  • AM3+
  • FM1
  • FM2
  • Fan:

  • Size: 140mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 500-1800 RPM
  • Air Flow: No DATA
  • Noise: 21-38 dBA
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    NZXT provides the same accessories as its award winning Kraken X52 we just reviewed. This includes two fans, mounting hardware for AMD and Intel CPUs, cables to attach everything, and enough fan screws to mount a total of four fans.

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    Photos

    Here are some shots of the Kraken X62 from different angles. You can see the braided tubing along with power and data connections on the CPU block.

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    Installation & Contact

    If you’re installing the Kraken X62 on an Intel platform then installation is a breeze. You start with the backplate and mounting screws. After that all that’s left is to mount the block and tighten the four bolts in a crisscross pattern and plug in the cables. It’s really that simple. If you’re on an AMD system, you’ll need to swap out the clamps on the heat exchanger but that is an easy step as well, then the same process as AMD AM4 motherboards have the needed backplate stock.

    The only thing to be aware of is how close the tubing comes to the DIMM slots. It doesn’t block the slot but it comes awfully close, but given this distance is following Intel and AMD spec on most motherboards, it looks to have been designed perfectly.

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    Coldplate mating with the CPU is important for maximum heat exchange. Taking your time is crucial when installing the waterblock. Here you can see the X62’s block made even, solid contact with our CPU. This will give the Kraken X62 the best performance possible.

    LED Lighting

    NZXT uses the same LED lighting across all of its new Kraken coolers. So the X42, X52, and X62 all share the same design. It’s a sharp looking setup but I will echo what I said about it in the review of the X42.

    I like the effects but I am always leery when it comes to LED lighting. I put performance first and price a close second. LED lighting doesn’t come free and I am left wondering what the added cost is for this fancy infinity effect.

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