NZXT, and the Kraken series liquid-cooled CPU coolers, need not be introduced as they have been around for nearly as long as this game has been played. We have reviewed eight different versions of NZXT Nzxt Kraken M22 Black Friday Deals 2021 coolers over the years, with today’s review being the 9th. We have seen coolers grow from their infancy to chart-topping performers, and then move into coolers that sort infinity lighting head unit coolers, which can dress up any rig like no one else. Despite the fact that the Kraken series coolers were all the same, there was a lot of variation. However, NZXT is trying something different today. It is a 120mm-based AIO and a great platform for introducing a new design.
There is a revival in moving the pump from the location where most AIOs are constructed. They have been seen in radiators at the ends, strapped to fans and in-line. But, until now, it has never been placed in the middle of the radiators fin array. NZXT places the pump in the “dead zone” of these radiators. This is usually covered by the fan hub. It removed the pump’s head from the radiator, which isn’t actively cooled. This is a sound principle. It seems that the radiator is not being cooled efficiently by the fan makes it legitimate.
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But we’ll soon find out how this all works. The Kraken M22 cooler from NZXT is what we are referring to. This cooler is different from other Kraken coolers in many ways, but that will not be covered in this review. The Kraken M22 may be for you if you’re tired of the same old closed-loop liquid CPU cooling products on the market and want to try something new. We will not speak up and let you take in the information, then we’ll discuss our feelings. Even though the 120mm AIO may not meet your cooling needs, we urge you to take a look at this new direction for AIO design. It is well worth the effort. Although the Kraken M22 product page has a small list of specifications, it provides a lot of information.
The dimensions are first. We are shown that the radiator measures 152mm high, 120mm wide, 32mm thick with side panels, and 27mm thick for the fin array. The radiator is made of aluminum, the head unit’s transfer plate is made from copper, and the fin array is encased in plastic. The tube is made from rubber and has a length of 400mm. It is designed to withstand low evaporation. The tubes are also covered with nylon sleeves. Weighing less than one kilo, we can see that Intel support begins with LGA115X for AMD and then moves to AM2 for AMD. Although the design does not mention the location of the pump, we can confirm that it is located in the radiator. The pump spins at 3000 RPM and has a 3-pin fan connection. We are given a single Aer P120 fan to cool the pump as well as the radiator.
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The fan can get louder and can reach 36 dB(A). It can also increase in speed to between 1700 and 2300 RPM. The lighting of the head unit is the only thing that can be controlled. Although CAM software can be used, it does not offer the same control as other Kraken coolers. The Kraken M22 was easy to find in the wild when it came time to make a decision. It is available for purchase at NZXT, which has it listed at $99.99 MSRP. Amazon offers a cheaper deal at $94.90 and free shipping. Newegg offers the best deal from a trusted dealer. Newegg is the best place to find the M22 at a great price. It also offers free shipping.
The savings of $15 can be used to purchase a case fan, or your favorite tube thermal paste. If we were to buy the Kraken M22 now, it would be easy to choose where to shop. NZXT offers a touch pad to help you beat the D-14 or D-15 coolers in the top-of-the-line air cooler range. Packaging NZXT doesn’t do much to hype this product on the front of its box. The Kraken M22 120mm Liquid Cooler’s full name is displayed against a white background. A picture of the cooler with its head unit backlit adds a little bling. NZXT offers a list in 11 languages on the right side of this box. These include addressable RGB lighting and CAM software compatibility. Advanced lighting modes are also included. The reinforced tubing is covered by a three year warranty. On the sticker at the bottom is the RL-KRM22-01 number. It also contains EAN and UPC codes along with the serial numbers. The left side shows the head unit that is installed on the motherboard.
Below, NZXT provides information about lighting and how software can be used to control it. The bottom shows the full RGB display of the head unit. They also show the fan and the bends possible due to the tubing type. The tab for the M22 is on the right. You can only adjust the lighting and not adjust any cooling options. NZXT also shows us how they overclocked a 7700K to 3.33GHz. The Kraken M22 is nineteen degrees more efficient than any version of the Intel stock cooler. After the box has been opened, the cardboard tray can be removed. The inner packaging has the radiator, tubing and head unit all wrapped in plastic. Nzxt Kraken M22 Black Friday Deals 2021 They are resting on the form-fitting parts of the tray. The fan is located near the back edge. The hardware is under the tubes behind the fan. This packaging is a good choice for shipping AIO coolers. Our Kraken M22 arrived in excellent condition, just like other Kraken M22s.