It would have been amazing to think that you could bring new life to something as popular and relevant as the RGB LED. The X52 is a great cooler and performs well. It was also easy to install. Nzxt Kraken X52 Black Friday Deals 2021 Although the plastic backplate is a little cheap, I have never experienced one failure on any of the AiOs that I use. The fans NZXT includes work well. They can be quiet when needed and they are not noisy when the temperature is high. An upgraded version with NZXT RGB fans would be a nice addition. It would be well worth the extra cost. These coolers feature Gen5 Asetek pumps, custom-built pump blocks, infinity mirror pump plates and NZXT fans to distinguish the X42, Z52 and X62 lines-ups from Corsair’s competitors. Corsair is most competitive in the 240mm market, where it would face off against the X52.
The H100iV2 currently costs $105, but the H90 can also compete with the X42. The Kraken X42 liquid cooling system was disassembled to reveal its internals. However, we didn’t go into detail. This review examines the noise and temperature performance of the NZXT KrakenX62,X52 and X42 liquid coolers. It is particularly compared against the H100iV2. The EK WB Predator XLC 280 is a high-end option, as well as the Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 is a $50 air cooling unit. Corsair’s H100iV2 cooler at $105 is the closest competitor. This cooler measures 240mm and uses an identical radiator core as NZXT’s, and also has an Asetek Gen5 pumps. NZXT uses a unique electrical design that Asetek hasn’t allowed before and LED quality. NZXT uses different fans which will produce thermal results that are at least slightly different from Corsair’s. nzxt_kraken-x42-4 120mm fans spin at around 2000RPM with NZXT. Corsair’s fans spin at about 2500RPM. Later, we’ll discuss noise. The new Kraken coolers have 140mm fans.
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They are designed to run at 1700RPM maximum speed. The pump speed is between 2600-2800RPM, with a variance of +/– 300RPM. The Asetek Gen5 pump can be controlled using CAM software if you wish to control fan speed and pump speed separately for improved noise output control. The unit’s internal structure is familiar to users of Asetek cooling products. The in and out valve is connected to barbs with double-elbow bends. This allows for posable tubing rather than tubing that protrudes from the Corsair unit’s top. These tubes are made from the same permeation-resistant rubber as the Kraken coolers. The braided look is somewhat like the EVGA Hybrid Gen 4.5 coolers. The internal design utilizes the copper coldplate with microfins for increased surface area.
Propylene glycol then flows through the radiator to heat it up to an aluminum core. EK Predator 280 is the only radiator we have without an aluminum core. Instead, it uses a copper core which we believe will benefit the EK Predator at low fan RPMs. nzxt Kraken-x42-2 However, the main focus is on the custom PCB. It has approximately 8 to 9 LEDs including flares that allow the light pipe the ability to shine in such bright ways. Although the spectrum view of RGB lighting shows the animation stuttering as the LEDs cycle through the light pipe, considering the small space NZXT has, it’s not too bad. The CAM controls all LEDs. It runs the usual mixture of wave, breathing, spectrum and custom colors. This is split between the light pipe and logo. nzxt Kraken-x42-3 This cooler connects via USB2.0 cable to the motherboard — mini-ITX owners may need to purchase USB3.0 or 2.0 adapters — and then connects via SATA to power. These cables are modular unlike the Kraken’s previous Kraken. This is a great feature for cleaning.
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The cooler installation is identical to the previous two generations of Asetek pumps. The X99 uses four standoffs, then some cap nuts. This takes less than five minutes outside of a case. 115X and AMD sockets use a backplate along with the other mounting hardware. It’s not difficult overall. However, you should make sure to do the installation before mounting the board inside the case. NZXT KrakenX42 Teardown View this article to see the complete tear-down. Here is a block-quote/excerpt from the content. “Removing pump plate exposes two sets of PCBs. The Asetek base PCB (green) and NZXT’s custom PCB (black). The black PCB has a wafer-like shape and eight LEDs.
They operate at 3W each. To pull light from the CLC, side flare LEDs and a guide light are used. NZXT uses an ST Microelectronics Cortex M3 MCU. This is specifically the F103C8T6 (32-bit), STM32 (32 bit) MCU. This cooler is Asetek-supplied and ready to use. nzxt-kraken-x42-tear-1 nzxt-kraken-x42-tear-2 nzxt-kraken-x42-tear-3 The impeller itself is housed internally this time, and no longer rests visible within an exposed socket. All other functions are identical to any CLC we have ever disassembled: Coldplates use copper microfins densely packed to increase surface area. Through which liquid flows to whisk heat up and out to the radiator. This EVGA Hybrid cooler teardown explains more. nzxt-kraken-x42-tear-4 nzxt-kraken-x42-tear-5 Continue to the next page for testing methodology.NZXT has been at the AiO game for about as long as anyone else. They have produced many coolers with different efficiency levels over the years, using Asetek hardware and adding a special NZXT flavour to the mix. The Los Angeles-based company is a trendsetter and not a follower. Year after year, we get unique, well-informed parts. The Kraken X52 is today’s latest product.
The Kraken X52 takes color and lighting to the next level. This 240mm AiO is sure to make heads turn. Let’s take a look at the inside and see if the performance is up to par. The inner packaging of the X52’s X52 is quite simple when we open the purple flap. This is a manual that rests on top of an egg carton-style cardboard mold. This packaging has been around for many years and is still in good condition. We feel this way. UPDATED TUE, NOV 3 2020 6:58 PM CST Rating: 98%Manufacturer: NZXT Quick Navigation Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing Packaging NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler Accessories and Documentation Installation and Finished Product CAM Software Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results Final Thoughts Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing VIEW GALLERY – 42 IMAGES With what we saw in the Kraken X42, and we even mentioned then, we are eager to see what the rest of the lineup has in store. The Kraken X42 was almost identical to this one, except that the radiator and number of fans have been modified. Next up in the Kraken Series is an AIO. It has a dual 120mm radiator at one end and a pair Aer 120 fans that drive air through it. With fourteen percent more fin surface to heat dissipate heat, the Kraken X42 cooler should be better than what we’re about to see. The same techniques apply to this cooler, noise Nzxt Kraken X52 Black Friday Deals 2021 levels are supposed to remain low. We can use the pump via speed changes to move the coolant more quickly to address thermal concerns. And again, we have the same stylish RGB header unit as before. The CAM software is still available