NZXT Kraken X40 Liquid CPU Cooler - Installation

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NZXT Kraken X40 Liquid CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation
Testing
Software
Final Thoughts

 

NZXT Kraken X40 Liquid CPU Cooler - Installation:

Before we can get to the testing section of this review we have to first get this cooler attached to our test system.
 

Typically liquid cooling systems take a little bit longer to install than an air cooler would thanks to the extra hardware (radiator) that you need to get attached to your case.

One really nice feature of the Kraken X40 is the fact that the tubing is longer than most self-contained liquid cooling systems available. The extra length in the tubing makes it much easier to get this radiator mounted as well it gives you more options as to where you want to mount the radiator (especially in a larger case).

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NZXT Kraken X40 - Packaging
NZXT Kraken X40 - Top View

 

As you can see in the pictures above, the first step to installation is to attach the mounting hardware to the portion of the cooler that will be touching your CPU. Depending on what type of CPU you are mounting this cooler to, you will have to follow different directions as to which pieces you use and where they go. This is a section of the installation where it will serve you well to follow the instructions rather than just guessing as you could very easily waste a bunch of time putting the wrong clips and screws in and then having to try to remove them again.

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Installation Complete
Installation Complete

The trickiest part of the installation is installing the correct brackets and clips onto the end of the cooler that touches the CPU. Once that is complete all you have to do is put the bracket on the back of your motherboard and then attach the two parts and BAM!!, you are done."

 

Overall the installation isn't too time consuming or tricky, but I found that if you try to "guess" at any point you could very easily make a bunch of extra work for yourself. If you are embarrassed to have to read the step by step instructions then you will want to install this cooler while no one else is watching.
 

In total, if you have your motherboard removed from your case already, installation should take no longer than 30 minutes.