Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup - NZXT Kraken X61 LCS

Article Index
Fall 2014 Cooler Roundup
NZXT Kraken X31 LCS
NZXT Kraken X41 LCS
NZXT Kraken X61 LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro LCS
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate LCS
Thermaltake NiC L32 HSF
Thermaltake Frio Extreme HSF
Thermaltake NiC C5 HSF
Fall 2014 Cooler Performance
Final Thoughts

 

NZXT Kraken X61:

The last NZXT cooler in our lineup is the Kraken X61 and this is their current flagship liquid cooler. It is a full 280mm radiator that comes with a couple of very quiet 140mm fans and can support two additional fans with the included hardware. If you are serious about cooling and have a seriously large case, this cooler may be what you're looking for. As with the other Kraken coolers we are comparing today, it features long hoses, the same CAM software package, water-block lighting effects and support for both AMD and Intel platforms.

Kraken X61 Box

NZXT Kraken X61 Box

 

NZXT opted to use a larger 280mm radiator for the Kraken X61, but the radiator is thinner than the X41 and measures in at about the same thickness as the X31. Essentially, the X61 is a 280mm version of the 120mm X31. With that in mind it will be offering over 2.5x the cooling area as the X31 so we should see some pretty impressive numbers.

NZXT Kraken X61 Bundle

NZXT Kraken X61 Bundle

NZXT Kraken X61 Block

NZXT Kraken X61 Block

 

As with all of thethe NZXT coolers, the block bracket for Intel CPUs comes pre-installed and if you are going to use this on an AMD system, you'll have to carefully remove a plastic lock ring from the block in order to install a different retention ring for the other CPU. This is tool-less and should only take a minute. Once that is done, you'll be ready to go with some pretty impressive performance (or so they say). We'll find out here in a few more minutes.

NZXT Kraken X61 Installed

NZXT Kraken X61 Installed

 

If you want to check out all of the features and specifications of this cooler, please be sure to check the product page here.

Now that we've got the NZXT coolers out of the way, we have a few Thermaltake coolers to look at as we continue through our fall cooling roundup.