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NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

  • 800 - 2000 PRM ± 10% 42.4 - 106.1 CFM
  • Radiator Dim. 140 x 312.5 x 27mm
  • Fan Dim. 140 x 140 x 25mm
  • Fan Noise 20 - 37 dBA

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years
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  • cody j.
  • 5/26/2016 12:53:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat AIO

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: I have had use this cooler and the corsair h100i gtx. I would recommand to anyone trying to decide between the two to go with the Kracken. Performance seems like slight increase but, it makes a lot less noise. I running a over clocked i5-6600K and I think so far the highest I seen my temps has been about 33C. Thats using standard cpu paste that came with the cooler.

Cons: I did have little problem with the thumbscrews when putting the block on my CPU. They just seemed like they didn't want to thread correctly. This could be more error on me but, something to think about.

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  • Jason G.
  • 5/19/2016 8:40:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsit is good

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: cools the ---- out of your cpu

Cons: nothing

Other Thoughts: get it

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  • Thomas D.
  • 5/19/2016 7:31:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing!

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: -keeps my cpu 30-40 under heavy load
-easy to install
-cam software is great
-not too expensive

Cons: -none so far!

Other Thoughts: -i wish that you could synchronize the LED's with the Hue+

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  • Joseph K.
  • 5/7/2016 10:27:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNZXT Kraken X61

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: -perfect for my nzxt h440.
-A lot of room space on top for the 280mm rad
-performance
-quiet

Cons: -Software
-3 pin pump connector is really confusing. (Connect it to CPU_OPT header on some motherboards because i tried mine connected to CPU_fan header on my asus z170-A and the pump didnt work. My cpu temp started to increase rapidly up to 70° on BIOS. When i connected it to CPU_OPT header it worked fine.)

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/27/2016 11:13:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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1 out of 5 eggsHorrible

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: I have none because I can not install this NZXT product in my NZXT case (Specs below)

Cons: The issue: This is a brand new build and I thought liquid cooling would be smart for my CPU. The unit looks sweet, but it dont fit. The mounting holes on top of the radiator do not line up with any holes on the case. I line one up, and the rest are off. I can drill the holes and make it fit, however the issues do not stop there. The fans mounted to the radiator are nothing less than poorly designed and placed. The forward fan over hangs my RAM and the only way to install the radiator/fan assembly is to remove the ram. However, the ram can not be reinstalled. The back fan over hangs the CPU power connection which also prevents proper mounting.
The Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146093
The Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851

Other Thoughts: No, I would not recommend this product unless you have experience in customization. I have the experience, however I am not ready to mod my $1400 machine for this one product.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Valued NZXT Customer,

We appreciate the feedback on our Kraken X61 AIO Cooler.
Please advise that our Kraken X61 will not be compatible with our Phantom 410 case. The P410 will only support up to a 240MM radiator as stated on the case product page (https://www.nzxt.com/products/phantom-410-white), as where the X61 is a 280MM cooler. If you would like to hear more about this you can either visit support.nzxt.com which you would be able to submit a request which will enter into our ticketing system you will receive a response within 1-3 hours. If you have any issues or concerns please let us know, we can also be reached at 1-800-228-9395.

Kind Regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Samuel O.
  • 4/13/2016 11:42:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsEverything but. . .

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: - Easy Install
- Decent Price point
- Very Quiet

Cons: The program NZXT offers you to change color of logo, adjust speeds, view temperatures is utter trash. It doesn't load correctly gets stuck in a continuous loop of repair/reinstall. I've checked forums, tried to contact NZXT and downloaded latest version. I've resorted to using 3rd party programs. If you're looking for customization this is NOT the water cooler for you!

Other Thoughts: - Wouldn't recommend
- More trouble than it was worth

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Valued NZXT Customer,

We appreciate the feedback on our Kraken X61 AIO Cooler and our CAM Software, we deeply apologize if any parts come defective or do break over time. What we can tell you is that if any parts do break we would highly recommend contacting us. We would want to hear more about the issues you are running into with our CAM software. You can either visit support.nzxt.com which you would be able to submit a request which will enter into our ticketing system you will receive a response within 1-3 hours. If you have any issues or concerns please let us know, we can be reached at 1-800-228-9395.

Kind Regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 4/7/2016 6:37:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs6 months old, pump sounds like it's pumping marbles

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: Worked good for a short while

Cons: Lacks long term reliability

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for this feedback. The noise you're experiencing is most likely to be an air bubble trapped inside the pump. A quick troubleshooting tip to eliminate this by #1 uninstalling the radiator, tilting this upward and then run the pump at highest speed. Do this for 2 minutes and if the noise is still there then give it a little shake. *Please note to handle this away from your components and do not over extend the hose.* If none of these work contact our support desk at www.nzxt.com/support or call us at 1-800-228-9395 for further assistance.

NZXT Support

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  • Thomas P.
  • 4/6/2016 4:02:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy Peasy install

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: Easy installation
Self sealed, ready to go.

Cons: Lack of installation material in the box

Other Thoughts: First thing you need to do is go to the link included on the skimpy 1 page instructions. Following the online walk through makes this a really simple install.
Previously, I have stayed away from liquid cooling systems until now. No way I was going to go through the cutting of hoses, installing hose clamps and the priming the system. These self sealed systems are fairly fool proof.
The system is very quiet. If I set it to the "Silent Mode" I don't hear any fan noise unless I put a large load on the CPU. Even in the "Standard Mode" with the fans defaulting to 50% you can barely hear them. The X61 mounted to the existing fan holes on my Corsair Vengeance C70 case (no mod required).

****UPDATE****
After having this cooler for 10 months I have changed it from a 5 egg to a 4 egg. This is due to the fact that by this time now, both fans have failed. They start making a loud rattling noise. The first one failed after a couple of months use, and now at 10 months the second has failed in the exact same way. NZXT sent me a replacement for the first one. I have now put in a second request (at 10 months) for a replacement. I'm still waiting to hear back from them.

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  • dylan a.
  • 3/29/2016 9:49:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product, easy to use.

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: Works as intended.
Comes with nice software for controlling color and fan speed.
Easy to install.

Cons: I put this in my NZXT 340 case. When installing this in the NZXT 340 you must ensure that the fans are against the case otherwise you will be smashing your front panel ports and power button.

It is priced competitively so I can't justify saying I would like to see this unit ~$15 less...
This is a large unit, I can't say that is an issue just make sure it fits in your case before ordering.

Other Thoughts: I am happy with this product. I would recommend it to everyone in the market for a closed loop cooler. This was my first experience with an AIO so I can't compare it to other AIOs.

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  • Edward S.
  • 3/28/2016 7:27:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty and functional solution. Cools well too!

This review is from: NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution

Pros: Large surface area, quiet fans, easy mounting on CPU

Cons: Instructions were minimalistic; no mention of the looseness for 1151 backplate installation, which is taken up during the pump body attachment...Proper Hue adjustment REQUIRES download of HUE+ software (Without being noted!!!)

Other Thoughts: This is a simple self-contained, large cooling solution. Mounts horizontal/vertical according to options with your case. I mounted it in a Phantom 410, which is only supposed to fit up to the Kraken 41. A bit of research revealed a minor case hole issue spacing that could be Dremel adjusted for a right fit. The included pictorial instructions were a bit minimal, but adequate for an initial install. There is a (Oh Darnit!) looseness to the backplate installation that is perfectly normal and disappears as the body bracket is tightened at the finish (found that online after initial panic). Getting a bright red glow from the LED panel requires downloading the extra website HUE+ add-on as the standard color chart doesn't allow the full red setting. Seems that 255/0/0 defaults back to adding in some blue (255/0/56) under the standard color set and makes it Hot Pink. Once done, the product has been flawless. The downloadable CAM program is very neat and useful for fan operation tweaks as well as tracking things. I can't hear the thing run at all until I get the fans up to 65%. The price was a bit high comparatively, but the 6 year warranty offsets that to my way of thinking. Being a closed system, some thought has to go into the orientation of parts, unless you don't mind removing/re-applying pump-body thermal paste while you experiment with positions. All black parts and electrical sleeving make for a clean look after install.

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