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NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution
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4 out of 5 eggs Better than expected. 08/28/2014

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

Pros: This review will be in three parts. The actual products results, the installation with a G10 and the software.

Starting with the X61 itself, it's nothing short of amazing for a cooling solution if you don't want to do your own custom loop.

Temps on GPU1 idle down from 50-55 to 30-35c. Under load the max temp I've hit so far was 58c running Crysis 3 @ 2160p where I had previously been running into severe thermal throttling on my GPUs. So for it's cooling efficiency I give this an easy 5/5. Fans that come with it easily do the job, no need to replace them.

The actual installation process for the G10 bracket sold by NZXT was far easier than I was expecting. This is in part due to MSI making it very easy to remove their stock cooler though.

I had my stock cooler and old thermal tapes off in about 3-5 minutes. Usually this is one of the most tedious issues you'd run into. Mounting the bracket itself is very easy, simply choose if you want your fan blowing onto the PCB, or venting heat off.

For Crossfire/SLI configurations I suggest venting rather than blowing onto the card.So far it's a few degrees cooler.

A big thing to remember is to REPLACE your thermal tape for multi-GPU setups. If you're running one card with good air flow in the case you will be fine. But otherwise USE VRM heatsinks of some kind. Whether it be tape, or copper modules.

This is another area that NZXT expected work, the G10 bracket doesn't go over, or sit too tightly on most GPU models so you have room to put as many VRM heatsinks on your PCB as you need. I personally have 8, which is more than doing the job using one of the hottest running GPUs on the market @ 2160p. So if I can't overheat it, you shouldn't be able to either.

I'd say this is 3/5 ease of installation. If you're considering GPU liquid cooling for your first time there are tons of video guides on how to apply the G10 with an NZXT pump. Great place to start.

Now for the bad news.
The software is complete bunk. Sometimes when you boot up, it will work, others it'll just post temps but have no fan speed/rpm controls.

The remote temp monitor is what I really wanted out of this only to find out it still isn't available for Android. And I've had issues with the iOS version on my Ipad.

I wouldn't let this deter you from trying this pump out but just have the expectation that it'll be an issue with no likely fix in sight.

Cons: Read above review. Only real con is the software.

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Supports up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, comes with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
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Pros: Large efficient fans
Excellent cable management
Tons of working space!

Cons: All fans are 3pin, no standard 4pin connectors so if your MB doesn't have a ton of fan plugs... order an adapter or replacement fans.

Other Thoughts: Keeping my two GTX770s cool through all the abuse I throw at them.

EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 120-G2-1300-XR 80+ GOLD 1300W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
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Pros: A solid PSU for the enthusiast. This thing is a ton of power for a reasonable price, and with the EVGA logo you know it will be a quality product which will last you years.

I'll likely have this thing hop cases over the next decade from one build to the next.

Cons: None! You get what you pay for.


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Date Joined: 05/06/08

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