NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler

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NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation
Testing
Software
Final Thoughts

Product(s): NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler
Provided By: NZXT
Price: ~$139.99 USD

Introduction: 

A couple days ago we were introduced to NZXT's line of Kraken coolers and we took a look at the Kraken X40 liquid CPU Cooler (our full review of the Kraken X40 can be found here). The Kraken lineup of coolers is NZXT's first attempt at liquid cooling and they've based both of these coolers on the Asetek Gen4 platform of coolers which is a very well-known and established cooling platform.


Today we are going to be taking a look at the larger Kraken X60 which features a much larger 280mm radiator and features two 140mm fans to help keep the radiator cool. We were very happy with the performance of the Kraken X40 and I would have to assume the Kraken X60 will improve on that already great performance.


In the next section we will take a closer look at the Kraken X60.

 

First Impressions:

The differences between the Kraken X60 and Kraken X40 are pretty minor, other than the fact that the X60 has a radiator over twice the size as the X40. The installation and software operation of both Kraken coolers is much the same.

NZXT Kraken X60 - Packaging
NZXT Kraken X60 - Top View

 

As you can see in the pictures so far, the 280mm radiator is huge. I'm pretty sure I've seen cars with smaller radiators than this which should be a good sign that this thing can perform like a champ. The biggest thing to consider when considering purchasing this cooler is that you'll have the room inside your case for it. NZXT now offers cases that this cooler will fit into, however not all case manufacturers do so you will want to be sure it will fit (of make sure you want to tackle the job of making it fit).



The Kraken X60 also features the ability to change the color that glows on the top of the water block. Though the Kraken Control software you can easily change the color that glows and set it up so the color changes if temperatures get out of control.

NZXT Kraken X60 - 280mm Radiator
NZXT Kraken X60 - Water Block

 

As you can see in the pictures below (right), the Kraken X60 comes with a bunch of hardware that will get this cooler installed on pretty much any recent AMD or Intel CPU. The Kraken X60 comes with 2 140mm fans (NZXT FX-140 fans), although the radiator does have room for 4 fans (two on the front, two on the back for a push/pull configuration), you will have to purchase a couple more if you want the maximum airflow possible.


Also pictured below (left), you can see that there are a ton of connectors that come with the Kraken X60. There are 4 connectors that allow you to plug 4 fans into the system, 1 SATA power connector to power all of those fans, one fan connector that plugs into your motherboard, and one USB header connector to allow the Kraken Control software to control everything from your desktop. In total there are 7 plugs connected to the Kraken X60.

NZXT Kraken X60 - Fan and Power Connectors
NZXT Kraken X60 - Accessories

 

So there we have it, the Kraken X60 Liquid CPU Cooler. Let's move onto the next section.