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NZXT Kraken X52 RL-KRX52-01 240mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling with Software Controlled RGB Lighting

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  • 500 - 2,000 +/- 300 RPM 18.28 - 73.11 CFM
  • Radiator Dim. 30.00 x 123.00 x 275.00mm
  • Fan Dim. 2 x 120.00 x 120.00 x 26.00mm
  • Fan Noise 21 - 36dBA

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(Kraken X52)

NZXT Kraken Series All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooler with RGB Lighting and CAM Controls

The NZXT All-new Kraken Series is a high-performance all-in-one water / liquid CPU cooler with RGB lighting and CAM controls. It cools your CPU dramatically while looking flashy.

Equipped with a quiet, highly-efficient pump, a high-quality radiator and Aer P radiator-optimized fans, the Kraken Series delivers outstanding cooling performance with very low noise level, keeping you CPU running at its peak performance. The reinforced, extended tubing provides increased durability for long-lasting performance.

You'll be overjoyed not only because of the excellent CPU cooling performance but also its most advanced controls. Through CAM’s software interface, users can fine-tune settings to ensure an optimal performance, even in the most intense gaming sessions.

What’s more, the Kraken Series features individually addressable RGB lighting and infinite mirror effect for a fully dynamic lighting experience.

The Kraken Series Is Available in Three Models, including

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Kraken X42

High-performance 140mm Liquid Cooler with Lighting and CAM Controls

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KrakenX52

High-performance 240mm Liquid Cooler with Lighting and CAM Controls

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KrakenX62

High-Performance 280mm Liquid Cooler with Lighting and CAM Controls

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Engineered for Performance

The Kraken Series features a new pump that is both quieter and capable of displacing more liquid than previous generations. The enhanced design achieves superior cooling with efficiency while keeping acoustics to a minimum.

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All-new Radiator Fans

The Aer P Series radiator fans are designed for liquid-cooling perfection. It features a chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearing that provides silent operations, durability, and powerful cooling performance.

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Master Your Control

The Kraken Series enables independent tuning for the fan and pump performance. Through CAM’s intuitive designs and full software integration, the most precise and sophisticated controls can be made with ease.

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Light Your Way

Customize the pump with the most advanced lighting effects. The Kraken Series includes numerous customizable presets and reactive modes to respond to changes in system conditions, such as temperatures and audio output.

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Reinforced Extended Tubing

Fine nylon sleeves are added to strengthen the rubber tubing. As an added protective layer, it shields your Kraken cooler tubes from potential damage during handling.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Great til the pump died

Pros: - Kept a 7700k cool considering how hot 7th gen gets. 30-35C idle and under load 60-62C (no OC)
- Still one of the best looking AIOs out there
- Quiet for the most part

Cons: - Price, it is a little expensive especially considering how long the AIO lasts
- Pump died in 1.5 years but before that my green LEDs on the NZXT logo died so I could only choose colors that involved red and/or blue
- Like all AIOs too many cables

Other Thoughts: I've read that other peoples pumps have gone out within 6-10 months of purchase which is nowhere near the warranty of the thing. There are other AIOs that last longer and cost cheaper so I wouldn't recommend it unless you really just want the looks. Also the program is terrible, sometimes it wouldn't detect my HUE+ or kraken, wouldn't startup on boot, and was frequently slow. This has nothing to do with the product but I don't think NZXT lets you RMA stuff. I sent a ticket about my dead LEDs but all I did was troubleshoot when I knew my LEDs were dead. I am not sure if it was just me or my situation but now I know that this is my last NZXT product plus with the arrival of the new Asus Ryujin AIO coming with Noctua fans I think that would be a better investment or at this price or the price of the Asus AIO you can invest in a custom loop.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Kraken X52

Pros: One of the best looking closed loop coolers. Keeps my mild OC I5 8600K 40C all day long. Quiet operation.

Cons: I was using this on a new build, and the pump would not run until the drivers were installed. It's an issue if you cannot install windows before your CPU overheats. I over came this by unplugging (only) the USB header, which made the unit default to max pump & fan RPM, until I could install windows and drivers. Nowhere in the instruction manual mentioned this, hence I took away one egg. Once I overcame this hiccup, all worked as intended.

Other Thoughts: I bought this unit primarily because of it's looks despite low ratings. I do know a lot of people only take the time to write a review when they are enraged by a product they are unhappy with. Time will tell about it's longevity, but it looks great & works very well. As of date, I do not regret my purchase.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Dead After 1 Year

Pros: - Cooled my i7-7700K fantastically over the last year.
- RGB screen looks amazing, a welcome addition to my case.
- Cam software has come a long way since it was released, but still has some minor bugs to it. Configuration of the RGB display has many options.

Cons: - Price is considerably more than competitor's similar products, you're paying for the "bling" factor.
- Pump randomly died just over a year after purchase. I do not overclock, so "stress" is not a factor in the failure.
- Contacted NZXT support and opened a ticket online. Had a response next day, but the first steps recommended by the technician included "screenshot Cam pump speed" and "verify serial number (in Cam)". I am NOT reinstalling a faulty pump to fry my expensive CPU. While this may be a canned response, it should be reviewed by the NZXT support leads to ensure they're not asking individuals to risk damaging their systems.

Other Thoughts: - The review will be updated when I work this out with NZXT. I've been pleased with the product up until now, so the rating can go up or down depending on the support I receive.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello NZXT Customer,

Apologies for the problems you experienced with this product. If you have not done so already, we would happily get you a replacement if you could make a ticket on our support site. If you could go to support.nzxt.com and create an account and submit a ticket, we can go ahead and get you a replacement. Thank you for understanding and once again, apologies for the trouble you had encountered.

Kind Regards,
NZXT Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Support is a joke

Pros: Looks pretty

Cons: Pump died after a few months
Support is a joke, super slow responses on tickets and then they want me to ship the defective pump before they ship a replacement(after they took a week+ in between asking for serial number, and account details and proof of purchase). Just terrible service overall. I think i'm just going to buy another cooler instead of dealing with them.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello NZXT Customer,

Apologies about the problems you experienced with this product. If you have not done so already, we would happily get you a replacement if you could make a ticket on our support site. If you could go to support.nzxt.com and create an account and submit a ticket, we can go ahead and get you a replacement. Thank you for understanding and once again, apologies for the trouble you had encountered.

Kind Regards,
NZXT Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Horrible product

Pros: paper weight that changes colors and cooks cpu's

Cons: Pump has a life span of 5-10 months (if your lucky) before crapping out. poor customers service! won't ever buy from them again!!

Other Thoughts: Don't be fooled by the clean design and flashy lights like I was.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello there,

Apologies about the problems you experienced with this cooler, if you have not done so already, we would happily get you a replacement if you could make a ticket on our support site. If you could go to support.nzxt.com and create an account and submit a ticket, we can go ahead and get you a replacement. Thank you for understanding and once again, apologies for the trouble you had encountered.
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Very pretty but poor support

Pros: Very cool looking RGB lighting

Cons: Poor performance
Lousy software
Failed after 9 months
Poor customer service

Other Thoughts: The mounting hardware is nice quality but the pump mounting standoffs are a tiny bit too long making it nearly impossible to get a snug fit of the pump on the cpu.

The CAM software is unstable. I've updated it many times over the last year and it still crashes and often fails to start.

After 9 months the pump failed. I've submitted a ticket to NZXT but it's been over a week since I sent my proof of purchase etc. and I am still waiting to hear from them. I've had to purchase and install a fan to be able to use my computer while I wait.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello there, apologies about the troubles you are having or had with our CAM software and this unit. I see you did already contact our support about getting a replacement and I hope that new unit is working well for you. Thank you for contacting us about this!
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
DO NOT BUY! Pump failure at 6 month mark! Customer service is terrible!

Pros: Looks good...about it.

Cons: Non-stop Windows issues, blue screens and CAM software errors & failures to recognize the Kraken. Pump failed at the 6 month mark like many others have experienced. 29 days and counting since creating a warranty ticket on November 11th 2017 with customer service. I sent the whole thing back within 3 days of failure and still no resolution. Good thing I purchased a different brand AIO water cooler (Gamerstorm Captain 240 EX) and have had no issues at all. Couldn't believe how messed up my PC was due to the Kraken until I made the switch.

Other Thoughts: I feel I was patient enough with them, but take my advice and steer clear as this product is absolute junk!

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello NZXT Customer,

Apologies about the problems you experienced with this product. If you have not done so already, we would happily get you a replacement if you could make a ticket on our support site. If you could go to support.nzxt.com and create an account and submit a ticket, we can go ahead and get you a replacement. Thank you for understanding and once again, apologies for the trouble you had encountered.

Kind Regards,
NZXT Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
do your research....

Pros: looks nice

Cons: died after 8 months of use...
if you look at all the reviews on multiple websites.... the x52s pump die after a few months....everywhere...

Other Thoughts: dont buy this unless you want to replace it in under a year

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