|Item model number||RL-KRX52-02|
|Item Weight||2.38 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.09 x 6.1 x 8.23 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||12.09 x 6.1 x 8.23 inches|
|Manufacturer||NZXT - US PC|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||January 18, 2017|
NZXT Kraken X52 240mm - RL-KRX52-02 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Performance Engineered Pump - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P120mm Radiator Fan (2 inc.)
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- Advanced Lighting Modes: With an infinity mirror Design, add amazing color and lighting to your CPU cooler for a fully dynamic lighting experience
- Engineered For Performance: Engineered to achieve superior cooling while keeping noise levels to a minimum.Radiator Material:Aluminum
- Master Your Control: Using CAM, manage the performance with precision and make changes quickly, using the desktop or mobile app. You can even monitor pump speed and liquid temperature.
- All-New Radiator Fans: The Aer P radiator fans included are Designed for liquid-cooling perfection; Providing silent operation, durability, and powerful cooling performance
- Warranty: 6 years
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The Kraken series features one of the most advanced controls to be included in an all-in-one liquid cooler. 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 one of the greatest experience in liquid cooling.
Engineered For Performance
Kraken Series features a 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.
Master Your Control
The Kraken 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.
|Kraken M22 120mm||Kraken X42 140mm||Kraken X52 240mm||Kraken X62 280mm||Kraken X72 360mm|
|Dimensions||Radiator: 152 x 120 x 32mm CPU Water Block: 65 x 65 x 48mm||Radiator: 175 x 143 x 30mm Pump: 80 x 80 x 52.9mm||Radiator: 275 x 123 x 30mm Pump: 80 x 80 x 52.9mm||Radiator: 315 x 143 x 30mm Pump: 80 x 80 x 52.9mm||Radiator: 394 x 120 x 27mm Pump: 80 x 80 x 52.9mm|
|CPU Socket Support||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 AMD Socket AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 AMD Socket AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2||Intel Socket 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 AMD Socket AM4, FM2+, FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2|
|LED Modes||Preset Modes - Fixed, Breathing, Fading, Pulse, Spectrum Wave, Marquee, Covering Marquee, Alternating, Loading, Heat Exchange Reactive Modes - Smart and Audio Control type: Software via CAM||Preset Modes - Fixed, Breathing, Fading, Pulse, Spectrum Wave, Marquee, Covering Marquee, Alternating, Loading, Heat Exchange Reactive Modes - Smart and Audio Control type: Software via CAM||Preset Modes - Fixed, Breathing, Fading, Pulse, Spectrum Wave, Marquee, Covering Marquee, Alternating, Loading, Heat Exchange Reactive Modes - Smart and Audio Control type: Software via CAM|
|Pump Speed||3000 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm|
|Fan Model||Aer P 120mm||Aer P 140mm||Aer P 120mm||Aer P 140mm||Aer P 120mm|
|Number of Fans||1||1||2||2||3|
|Fan Speed||3000 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm||1,600~2,800 +/- 300 Rpm|
|Fan Noise Level||500~2,000+/- 300 Rpm||500~2,000+/- 300 Rpm||500~2,000+/- 300 Rpm||500~2,000+/- 300 Rpm||500~2,000+/- 300 Rpm|
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After my internal struggle with what to get I finally said "why not" and wanted to take a leap of faith on this one.
I've had it set up for the past 2 weeks now and haven't had ONE single problem with CAM nor the cooler. The CAM issues are WIDELY over exaggerated, DO NOT LISTEN to these reviews, this is a very nice cooler! Keep in mind people tend to write reviews for their bad experience more than their good ones. I'm the exception because there are people out there who need to know there is absolutely nothing to worry about with the Kraken x62
Control the fans by connecting the to your motherboard headers. You want to use the CAM controlling software as little as possible. The current version when I assembled the machine was fine, caused no issue, and it obeyed my settings to not poll/monitor other hardware. In the two most recent revisions it attempts to read from my motherboard's custom chip for monitoring non standard equipment and it causes a hard crash every time. Hard crash being defined here as the motherboard freaks out cutting power, and will not come back on until you switch off the power supply AND the standby voltage in capacitors in the PSU has cleared. Fortunately, CAM takes its sweet time getting around to snooping where I told it not to so I was able to get it uninstalled easily, hastily without going into safe mode.
Unfortunately the CAM software is required to set the pump speed, if you're silly enough to hook your fans into the Kraken instead of the motherboard your radiator fans, and control the color scheme. Powering off a computer it is installed into long enough to clear the standby voltage is long enough for it to go to default LED scheme and you have to use CAM to reset it. It doesn't seem to retain pump speed settings so you are stuck with it. Hopefully a future revision of CAM will fix this problem but data corruption roulette is a crappy game to play for essentially aesthetics.
If i had it to do over again knowing what I know now... I would probably have spent more money to do a Noctua NF-A12x25 swapped Corsair H150 or H115 and skipped the NEARLY unforgivable problems with the control side of NZXT, let alone the spying aspect which I also find intolerable. I will deal with it for the next year or two and simply throw it away (despite having a week left to return it) and go with something else.
I would advise you avoid NZXT AIOs until they establish a couple years worth of trouble free CAM software releases. Believe the haters on the internets... In NZXT CAM's case, it is well earned and long, long running.
Final Update 10-05-2018:
I replaced the x62 that was fan swapped with Noctua NF-A14 fans (much quieter and better performing than the supplied NZXT fans) with a Noctua fan swapped NF-a12x25 NH-D15 SE-AM4 heatsink assmebly. Temps went up 2c-4c degrees at maximum loading but kept the same boost clocks, performance. The system CPU actually runs slightly cooler in gaming and idle/light duty usage So my Peak temp worst case with the Noctua solution is 68C in Prime 95 small FFt vs 65c with the kraken audible. The Noctua solution is so quiet I have to put my ear physically on the case to hear anything where with the Kraken x62, I could alwaysat least hear the pump noise. The pump was relatively quiet, scratching my arm would drown out the pump noise, but it was annoying to hear. For many reasons, I suggest you use anything but NZXT. I gave the x62 away.
Update: 2nd pump came in today and thankfully is running perfectly. Hopefully no further issues will arise. Now that the cpu is properly being cooled I can comment on how effective it is. I've used several different Air coolers as well as AIO's and I can say that the Kraken is the best looking one on the market. It is doing an amazing job keeping my overclocked 1700x at a cool 26 degrees at idle and so far an impressive 60 degrees under load. Coming straight from a DeepCool Captain 240ex, these temps are about 10-20 degrees cooler with no other changes then the AIO. Will continue with testing and see just how well it does. If you get a good pump, you should be good to go!
Installation was relatively easy, making it all fit in my mid height tower case was another story but that's not the fault of the components. I managed to get everything mounted in a workable manner.
So how much better is the cooling? Well the stock fan i wasn't impressed with the speed or the amount of air it was pushing so I replaced it with a Thermaltake Riing Static Pressure type. That along with the x42 my gaming sessions see temps around mid to high 50c instead of 84+. So it was well worth the time and money.
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- Easy to Mount
- Easy to use even for rookies
- Constant flow, no spikes or drops
- Nearly inaudible in silient mode
- Looks incredibly good
- Cheap compared to same performance coolers
- Suits both, AMD and Intel processors
- Quite noisy fans in performance mode
- Does not bind with Aorus RGB fusion leds to combine color patterns
- No custom LED patterns
Overall, what goes performance or daily use wise I would definately recommend this cooler to nearly everyone building their PC at this moment. Price/quality ratio is great. Only cons from my point of view is LED customisation that is not a big deal anyways.
It comes with a bracket to mount to the standard AMD mounting points on the motherboard, which has two hooks either side of the CPU.
Most coolers that mount to these use a cantilevered mechanism so the pressure is applied evenly to both sides of the CPU. However this cooler has one mounting point of a fixed length, then the other you tighten with a screw. The pivoting action results in the thermal paste being squished out of one side. A large amount of force is also required to get it over the hooked, which meant I marked the coolers copper plate and probably squished more thermal paste out.
No matter how you mount it, the thermal paste coverage is poor. This resulted in idle CPU temps of ~57 C on 3700x. For reference, installing the *stock* cooler that comes with the CPU, it idles around ~40 C!
If you have unfortunately bought this cooler (like me) I recommend buying the Asetek AM4 mounting brackets kits. This is compatible with the cooler and uses a 4 point mounting solution which spreads the paste more evenly.
Lots of people on forums have experienced the same issues.
I would not recommend that you buy this cooler when using it with an AMD CPU.
280mm coolers aren’t for everyone, or, more specifically, every case. Assuming your case has provisions for the required 2x 140mm fans there many worse choices you could make, and very few better (almost all of which are custom-loop kits).
First up, aesthetics. The pump-block’s “infinity mirror” design is in a class of its own, and will match any lighting scheme thanks to the individual RGB control over every LED. The black anodised finish of the surround adds another layer of class to the design, finishing the block perfectly. The inlet and outlet swivel to suit your chosen routing of the coolant tubes. Note the NZXT logo orientation isn’t adjustable but it can be disabled.
The radiator is standard Asetek sixth-generation fare with only a stamped NZXT logo to differentiate it from other vendors using the same part. Nothing to see here, move along...
Finally, the fans. I didn’t use them. The Aer fans are well-respected, but my go-to preference is Corsair’s ML-140 maglev design with decent static pressure and very low noise due to the magnetic bearing. Here I’m using a Corsair 500D chassis with two fans on the radiator/intake and two at the top/exhaust. With an Intel i7-5930K mildly overclocked to 4.0GHz on all cores the whole build is whisper-quiet at idle, and while the noise level increases with load it never becomes obtrusive due to that hefty radiator’s cooling capacity. It’s a great combination.
If there’s a fly in the ointment it’s NZXT’s CAM software with its dubious EULA and vague user-data harvesting policy. The actual functionality has improved with time, as it desperately needed to in earlier versions, but the fact NZXT want the right to essentially collect whatever unspecified data they desire in order for the user to run CAM is pretty disgraceful. At best. There is good news though and that’s the fact you only need to run CAM once to configure the cooler RGB and pump profile. Those settings are saved to the pump itself and preserved during standby, so CAM does not need to run at startup or have any associated background services running for full-functionality.
It’s a shame NZXT lost a star for their CAM software EULA, if only the end-user data-sharing had been optional and less spyware-like I’d happily give it a full five. It looks great and keeps overclocked processor temps well under control without making a racket.
As for looks I don’t think any cooler looks better
But the CAM Software is shockingly bad! Really needs work
The pump noise is loud at startup but gets better as it goes on...