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NZXT Kraken X53 Liquid Cooler With RGB Review

There are a ton of decisions to make when piecing together a custom PC build and each one can be pretty critical. Although some decisions may feel fully rooted in performance and others are more about the aesthetics of the rig, some decisions impact both sides. That is certainly the case for builders who are considering the new line of NZXT AIO watercooling loops that includes the Kraken X53 240mm liquid cooler with RGB.

Selecting the AIO cooler that is best for any particular build can be a big decision. Obviously users want to select the cooler that is going to help keep their system running at optimal temperatures during long gaming sessions, but there is also the chance to make the machine really stand out with some stylish lighting choices. Although NZXT has been best known for its cases (like the H510i tower) and pre-builds by many shoppers, the company also has a pretty exciting line of AIO coolers to consider for consumers who are on the market.

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Key Features

Before diving into Game Rant's experience with the X53, let's take a closer look at what NZXT has done to make this generation stand out from the preceding models...

Bigger and Brighter - A 10% bigger LED ring allows for more vivid RGB. A rotatable top accommodates re-orienting the logo no matter the direction the cooler is installed.

Better Control - CAM provides sophisticated controls with an intuitive, user-friendly interface. Now with better sync for lighting effects across all NZXT RGB devices, NZXT CAM allows you to manage your Kraken’s performance and lighting with precision, making adjustments with the click of a button.

Incredible Performance - The Aer P radiator fans are designed for liquid-cooling perfection. They feature a chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearing that provides silent operation, longer life, and powerful cooling performance.

Simple Installation - Fine nylon mesh sleeves strengthen the rubber tubing, providing durability and protection against mishandling. Adjust the orientation of the pump head* to fit the needs of your motherboard without affecting the direction of the logo.

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Specs

Water Block Dimensions(LxWxH): 80 x 80 x 55 mm

Material: Block: Copper, Housing: Plastic

Pump Motor Speed & Power: 800 – 2,800 + 300 RPM, 12V DC, 0.3A

Radiator Dimensions: 123 x 275 x 30mm

Material: Aluminum

Tube Length: 400mm

Material: Ultra-low Evaporation Rubber with Nylon Braided Sleeve

Cap Material: Plastic and brass

Rotation Orientation: 360° with 30° increments

HUE 2 Channel Output Voltage: 5V DC

HUE 2 Channel Output LED Qty.: Up to four LED strips - 10 LEDs per strip, Up to five Aer RGB fans, Up to six HUE 2 accessories

Fans Aer P120

Quantity: 2

Dimension: 120 x 120 x 26mm

Speed: 500-2,000 + 300 RPM

Air Flow: 1 8 . 2 8 - 7 3 .1 1 C F M

Air Pressure: 0 .1 8 - 2 . 9 3 m m - H₂O

Noise: 21-36dBA

Bearing: Fluid Dynamic Bearing

Power Consumption: 12V DC, 0.32A, 3.84W

Connector: 4-pin PWM

Life: 60,000 hours / 6 Years

Warranty 6 Years

Compatible Socket & CPU:

Intel Socket LGA 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066

Intel Core i9 / Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron

AMD Socket AM4, sTRX4*, TR4*(*Threadripper bracket not included)

AMD Ryzen 7 / Ryzen 5 / Ryzen 3 / Ryzen 9 / Threadripper

Like every NZXT product Game Rant has had the chance to tear open, the Kraken X53's elegant packaging and installation guide really impressed. This can seem like a little touch that shouldn't matter too much, but keep everything neat and clean is something that will definitely appeal to a certain type of PC builder. If keeping things organized and tidy from the unboxing stage through the end of installation is something that appeals to you, then the Kraken AIO coolers are definitely worth considering.

In terms of performance, the X53 definitely does its job and does it quietly. The cooler performs on par with the competition in all the benchmarking and the differences in both temperatures and acoustics are small enough that they are going to be nearly impossible to notice for the average user.

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Because of the relatively hard to notice differences in temp and noise in comparison to other AIO coolers at a similar price range (around $130 for X53 or $250 for the Z63), the tiebreaker for these types of products often comes down to aesthetic preference. For users looking for an easy to control and customize RGB system in their cooler, it's hard to beat what the Kraken has to offer.

The perfectly round infinite mirror offers a vivid RGB display that looks very stylish in any build. As expected with any NZXT product at this point, the X53 integrates with CAM for control of both lighting effects an performance monitoring. The CAM software is very user-friendly and pretty easy to pick up for builders who haven't had the chance to experience with it quit yet.

Overall, the Kraken X53 is a high-quality AIO cooler that is competitively-priced and well worth the investment for builders who will be tickled by the lighting effects and CAM controls. Users who do not have a case with glass displays and aren't interested in custom lighting may not get as much bang for their buck with this particular brand of AIO.

The updated line of Kraken products, including the X53 and Z63 series, are now available and Game Rant had a chance to get hands-on with them. For this review, we'll be concentrating on the X53 model, which we recently unboxed, installed, and took for a spin.

The NZXT Kraken X53 is available now. Game Rant was provided a X53 for this review.

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NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler Review

Incredible performance with reliable optimisations built for you and your computer. NZXT introduces their newest line of coolers, the Kraken X series. In our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review, you’ll learn about this cooler and how efficient it can be. 

The Kraken X series line of coolers brings in a set of new features to look into. They offer better and bigger LED lighting, high-performing fans, radiators and pumps, as well as a user-friendly software interface. 

With that said, let’s jump right into our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review. 

NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler Packaging

Before we get into our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review, we look at the items that come with the product. 

The NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler comes in a medium-sized white and violet package. You will see the image of the product and its brand on the front. 

On the sides, you will find some technical details about the product. These are the factual information such as the material, dimensions and more. 

At the back, you will notice a diagram of the product installed in a PC set. There, you will be provided with more information regarding the functions of the product and its features. 

To open, just remove the latch and lift the top cover up. Inside, you will be greeted with an NZXT card, the product itself, cables for the product, mounting equipment, 2 AER RGB fans and the instruction manual. 

All of the items listed are carefully placed in a cardboard mould. This is to hold the items in place to prevent damages. Other than that, they are wrapped in plastic to shield them from unwanted substances that may enter. 

As you can see, NZXT caters to the safety and security of its products. 

NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler Review – Design and Functionality

Alright, now let’s go over the product’s physical properties in our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review. Here, we study the design and functions of the product.

The NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler comes from NZXT’s latest Kraken X cooler series. It is made brilliantly for even the most demanding PC systems. They provide an extensive range of functions that boost efficiency and quality in your play. 

With the Kraken X series, you can fine-tune the settings to best fit your PC rig. It also offers a visually stunning RGB colour style and provides a series of optimal performance-enhancing features.

Our Kraken X53 comes in the classic all-black theme, which is a common design for most coolers. Other than that, the cooler is paired with 2 AER RGB fans on its radiator together with a 400-millimetre tubing attached to the cold plate.

Thanks to the Kraken X series, it has a fully customisable RGB lighting and silent operation. It also has an RGB connector for additional RGB options. It also features a remade cap with a wider infinity mirror ring LED. 

The latest Kraken X offers an excellent experience with RGB liquid cooling with a six-year warranty. 

Key Features of the NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler

Going away from the design, we will now check the features of this product in our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review. There are specific characteristics the product has that makes it distinct from similar products. 

Kraken X Series

NZXT’s latest line of coolers brings new options to the table. It provides a must-have versatility of functions for anyone looking to build elite gaming rigs. You can expect efficient cooling, outstanding visuals, alternative intuitive installation and more. 

It brings up an extensive setting system with CAM’s software interface. This allows you to reconfigure the system to maximise its potential on your computer. By that, you are ensured of the quality you will get from this product. 

Bigger and Brighter

On the Kraken X series, you are provided with a 10% bigger LED ring light on the cold plate. This is also true for the Kraken X53. With a bigger LED ring, you can see more clearly the inside of your computer. 

Other than the light, it offers a rotatable top that accommodates the re-orienting logo. This brings NZXT’s style and theme to your gaming rig. 

CAM

CAM allows the user a wide variety of controls for the lighting effects. Its sophisticated controls allow an intuitive interface ready to be used and managed. Thanks to CAM, you can sync your lighting effects with other NZXT RGB products. 

This integration also provides the user full control over Kraken’s performance in terms of precision, temperature, efficiency and more. You can easily make these adjustments thanks to the software provided. 

Specifications

Additionally, our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review checks out the product’s technical information. 

Water Block

The Kraken X53 cooler comes with a water block that sizes 80 millimetres in diameter and 55 millimetres in height. Regarding the materials used, the block is copper and its housing is plastic. 

Copper is the most common material used for cold plates as it is very versatile and durable. 

Pump

The pump is also attached to the cold plate. This makes it easier for water to flow and provides more space for the tubbing. Its motor speed goes about 800 to 2,800 plus 300 rotations per minute. 

Its power requirement is only 12VDC, 0.3A, which is relatively low for a CPU cooler.

Radiator

This is the biggest part of the whole product that takes up the most space. Its dimensions are 123 by 275 and 30 millimetres. For the material used, they kept it Aluminum. 

Tube

Regarding the tubes, they connect the pump to the radiator. Its length is about 400 millimetres with a braided nylon sleeve and ultra-low evaporation rubber for its material. 

Cap

Apart from that, the cap is made up of plastic and brass with a 360-degree rotation orientation. It also comes with 30-degree increments. 

On the cap, there are 9 LEDs with a channel output voltage of 5V DC. It also has LED quantity of up to four LED strips with 10 LEDs per strip. The AER RGB fans go up to five and six with the NZXT RGB accessories.

Fans

The fans used for this product are the AER RGB 2 120 millimetre model. For this product, you are provided with two fans. Its dimensions are 120 by 120 and 26 millimetres. 

Aside from that, the speed ranges from 500 to 1,500 + 300 rotations per minute. It also has an airflow of 17.48 to 52.44 cubic feet per minute and an air pressure level of 0.15 t o1.35 millimetres. 

For all you silent-product enthusiasts, the noise level goes around 22 to 33 dBA. This should be quiet enough for your gaming rig. 

One of the features of this fan is the fluid dynamic bearing. This is responsible for the silent operation during usage. 

It has a power consumption of 12V DC, 0.18A, 2.2W and a 4-pin PWM connector, making the fan spin faster for stronger and cooler airflow. This fan has a total 60,000 hours or 6-year life span.

Compatibility

The Kraken X53 cooler is compatible with a number of processors. For Intel sockets, the LGA 1200, 1151, 1155, 1150, 1156, 1366, 2066, 2011 and 2011-3. These are Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3, Pentium and Celeron. 

Regarding AMD sockets, AM4, sTRX4*, TR4* and its processors AMD Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 3 and Threadripper. 

Hands-on with the NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler

NZXT is well-known around the globe for the world-class quality of its products. They are most familiar with the AIO or all-in-one liquid CPU coolers. For that, our expectations are always high when we review their coolers. 

When the product first arrived, just by looking, we knew that we expected nothing less from NZXT. Its classic aesthetic look topples other products that have also used a similar design.

Other than that, we had no trouble at all installing the product to our PC rigs. It was easy enough to place, and the tubes were flexible in maneuvering inside the computer. 

Regarding its performance, the cooler effectively stabilised the temperature levels of the processor and heat levels inside the computer. The AER RGB 2 fans, helped in circulating the air inside the computer. 

Furthermore, it kept the processor at an average 50°C temperature. This wasn’t too high or too low and made our PC perform well even during extreme conditions. Additionally, it boosted the PC’s overall performance and our experience, thanks to its silent operating fans.

Overall, the NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler does well in keeping your PC safe and stable as well as efficient and reliable.

NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler Review Summary

Before we end our NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler review, we go over the product and provide our final thoughts.

The NZXT Kraken X53 RGB CPU Cooler is a cooler that features excellent visual effects, quiet operations and performance-enhancing functions. These help your computer to go beyond its limits and increase game performance and more.

Thanks to the CAM software, you can reconfigure all the settings and even fine-tune them to your heart’s content. With that, we can easily say that we recommend this product to anyone looking for a good cooler. If you are interested in NZXT’s Kraken X series, then click here for more.

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   All-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers may not have much headroom left when it comes to increasing their cooling efficiency but thanks to the fact that technology never rests there's plenty of room for improvement in other areas such as noise levels and durability/endurance. On top of that RGB/ARGB lighting also keeps improving and so AIO models are not only getting more silent and durable but also much better looking. NZXT is a name i haven't had in my reviews section for many years now but since they recently updated their AIO line to include the Kraken X-3 series i decided to take a closer look starting with the most popular member of the family, the Kraken X53 RGB AIO Liquid Cooler.


    Founded in 2004, NZXT is a leader of gaming products and services. Their award-winning products include computer cases, PC cooling solutions, RGB lighting kits, power supplies, and their free PC monitoring software, NZXT CAM. NZXT was created out of a passion for PC gaming and is dedicated to improving products and services to achieve extraordinary gaming experiences.


   The Kraken X53 RGB is the updated version of the award winning and quite popular Kraken X53 AIO model (non-RGB) which NZXT released a while back. Now aside the aesthetical differences which include an RGB infinity mirror design with an enlarged ring size for the pump (10% larger featuring 9 RGB LEDs), rotatable top cap (360 degrees with 30 degree increments) and the dual AER RGB 2 120mm fluid dynamic bearing fans (1500RPM/52.44CFM/1.35mmH2O/22dBA) the latest Kraken X53 RGB also features Asetek's 7th generation pump (2800RPM/12VDC/0.3A) which always according to them is not only more durable but also more silent. Of course, 240mm dual fan models may not offer the best cooling efficiency out there but they are compatible with pretty much every tower out there so that alone justifies their popularity. So, let's see what the Kraken X53 RGB is capable of.

 

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NZXT Kraken X53 240mm Liquid Cooler with RGB CPU Cooler Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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While NZXT may not have been the first company to bring AIOs to the masses on a considerable scale, the Kraken series of coolers have made quite a name for itself. That can be good and bad. Some love the Kraken series for how NZXT differentiates their style from others like Corsair, and there is the other camp that feels the software needs some love and tends to shy away from the brand.

For us, we are huge fans of what NZXT has done over the years, not only in the performance of the earlier units, but the infinity mirror in the head unit is also something we appreciated aesthetically. Rather than going stale, and rehashing existing models to obtain the latest Gen 7 Asetek builds, what else is there to do with an AIO at this point?

Features are an interesting thing in the land of AIOs as of late! Many companies have kept to the original ideals set forth with the introduction of these types of coolers, but across the board, companies are trying new things. In this instance, NZXT has done three things that are blatantly obvious once you have the cooler in your hands. First, they increased the size of the display on the head unit by ten percent, as we all know, bigger is better. The next thing was even more apparent, as we noticed the NZXT name in the head unit was not in the proper orientation. The odd alignment leads us to the fact that the top of the head unit now turns 360-degrees!

The last thing they added, while removing fan control and power connectivity, was the addition of a HUE-style RGB header to the head unit that allows users to connect fans and RGB strips directly to this new AIO. On the face of things, this all seems very impressive, and gives users more options when it comes to illuminating a chassis or building in confined spaces!

Part of the release of five new AIOs to the market is the Kraken X53 240mm liquid cooler with RGB. We do also have the 360mm version for testing in a later review. However, NZXT is also offering the Z-3 series, which provides a customizable screen in the head unit and a hefty price increase. Getting back to what we have in hand, there are many things to check out with the new NZXT AIOs, and we will see where we stand with everything as a whole as we take you through this review.

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In the chart we created from information in the PR we were sent, we start at the head unit. The water block, as NZXT calls it, is 80mm in diameter, which is the same as earlier models, as is the 55mm height. The cold plate is made of copper, and the lower portion of the housing is made of plastic. When 12V is applied, the pump will spin in the range of 800 to 2800 RPM, controlled by either the motherboard or CAM software. Skipping down a bit to the "cap" section, we also see that the top is made of brass, but the window covering the NZXT logo and infinity mirror is plastic.

Also, all part of this same assembly is the inclusion of nine LEDs into the head unit and its ability to spin 360-degrees. The last bits about the head unit fall into the RGB output. The power supplied is 5V, and we are shown we can connect four 10-LED strips, five Aer fans, or six in total, somehow, mixing fans and strips.

The next part of the X53 discussed is the radiator. As many are, the X53 uses an aluminum radiator with a high FPI count. Overall the radiator is 123mm wide, it is 275mm long, and it is 30mm in thickness. The radiator does sport the NZXT name on both sides, and as expected, it is painted black.

The tubing that connects the head unit to the radiator is comprised of a pair of 400mm long hoses. The tubing is an ultra-low evaporation rubber, and from end to end, are covered in nylon braided sleeving.

Next come the fans, which in this instance is a pair of Aer P120 fans. These are 120mm by 26mm solutions, which range in speed from 500 to 2000 RPM, driving up to 73.11 CFM per fan! Static pressure is also relatively high at 2.93 mmH2O, and the noise levels are shown not to exceed 36 dBA. These fans spin on a fluid dynamic bearing, sipping power through the 4-pin PWM connections. The fans are said to last for 60,000 hours, which is nearly seven years of life, overextending the six-year warranty!

Compatibility is straight forward with these new units. On the Intel side of the fence, anything from the LGA 115X, 1366, 2011-V3, and 2066. With AMD, out of the box, it shows support for only AM4, with a mention of TR4, but the bracket is not in the box. There is no mention of how to obtain it, and we assume you would hit up support with proof of purchase to receive it.

The last thing you need to know about the Kraken X53 has to do with the cost. In the guide, we are shown the MSRP, which is set at this time at $129.99 on this side of the pond. For a new 240mm AIO, we do not feel that the cost is out of line, and with the latest features added, it may be a better deal than we are seeing it as, at the moment. We still have to go through this cooler with a fine-toothed comb before we make any definitive statements, but upfront, things appear to be good so far.

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Packaging

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The packaging is bold yet simple, using an image of the cooler to take up most of the space, illuminated to show the logo and infinity mirror. Other than that, on the while backdrop, is the Kraken X53 name in bold black letters, with muted gray text explaining what it is.

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Spinning the box to the left shows us the right side of the box. On the blueish-purple colored side, we see the specifications we discussed earlier, delivered in three languages.

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The back of the box is where NZXT takes the time to drop information on its features. First mentioned is the high-performance cooling and stunning RGB. We then see there is better control with CAM for HUE components via a lead controlled by the pump.

They go as far as to say incredible performance due to the seventh-gen Asetek unit, and that it is bigger and brighter with a ten percent increase in size to the LED ring in the rotatable top. After repeating all of that two more times, we also see a small view into the CAM software, while the right of the panel shows how the X53 looks inside of a chassis.

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In multiple languages, NZXT uses this last panel spelling out some of the features. Mentions of pump orientation no longer mattering as you turn the logo to match now. We hit on the HUE @ connector, which essentially turns the head unit into an RGB hub. NZXT mention improved synchronization of lighting modes, CAM controlled pump and LED control and easier installation due to the use of 400mm tubes.

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What we found inside of the box is what we find most AIOs packed in, recycled cardboard, which compartmentalizes all of the individual parts. All of the bits are protected again with cardboard over the radiator and plastic around everything else. Aside from the amount of static from all of the plastic, and the dust that sticks to it from that, our X53 got to us in perfect shape!

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After removing all of the components from the box, including eliminating many of the protective layers, we ran into this warning sticker. It states that you need to connect all of the cables before turning this on. By that, we assume they mean the multi-function and USB cables, or on the other side, do not try to hot-plug devices into the X53 either.

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With the sticker removed, we can get into the head unit. We know that the size of the plastic center inside of the brass ring is ten percent bigger, but the entire head unit appears more substantial as well, visually. If you look closely, you can almost make out the NZXT logo on the center of the window.

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On what is, traditionally, nearest the top of the motherboard, molded into the plastic lower section cover, is a pair of ports. The one on the left is the multi-functions 10-pin cable connecting point, and to the right of it is a Micro-USB port, which allows for USB port control over the X53 for CAM.

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The fittings of the head unit are on the side that typically faces the RAM. We can see that the ninety-degree fittings swivel at the head unit, before making the bend. The hose is placed over the barb, sleeved, and then the tight collar is placed over them to lock them into the loop.

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We removed the plastic cap that protects the base and thermal paste, and we see that there are no signs of debris in the paste, and the copper is clean and free of staining. Also, the X53 comes shipped with the Intel mounting bracket, which can easily be twisted and removed so that it can be swapped with the AM4 bracket.

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As we do, the paste is removed to look at the surface of the cold plate. It is convex, its highest point being the center. The machine marks are still visible and leave a slick-looking circular pattern, as well as increased surface area ever so slightly versus a finely polished mating surface.

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Not that we do not trust NZXT, we measure all of the AIOs tubing. Converting the 400mm claim to inches is just shy of fifteen and three-quarters inches, which the tape measure shows we are close, and we are measuring from the far end of each collar holding the tubes in place.

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On both sides of the radiator, NZXT ensures that even with the unit powered off, anyone can see who makes it. While the indented name being black on black is tough to see in a chassis at first, a discerning eye will pick it up quickly.

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The thickness of the radiator is 27mm from the top edge to the bottom, and the fins are a bit thinner than that. However, while we are here, we see the RL-KX53-01 model number, and also the ip-mark.com address which tells us for sure this is an Astetek unit, again, not that we did not believe the text on the box, just an additional way to distinguish them from the rest.

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Looking through the 240mm radiator, we see that Asetek still sticks with the 21-22 FPI density of their radiators. Good thing the fans are said to be decent! It takes a fair bit of airflow and pressure to cool a CPU to "high-performance" or "incredible performance" levels, as NZXT states, this unit is!

Accessories and Documentation

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There is quite a bit of hardware that comes with the Kraken X53, but we will break it down to make it easier to absorb. As we typically see, we find the plastic backplate with adjustable studs, used for only Intel systems. On the right is the AM4 mounting bracket, which also has holes for AM3 users as well. As said on the box, if you plan to use this with a TR4 system, you will need to procure the bracket for that.

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In this image, we have the sets of standoffs spread out at the top. On the left are the AMD standoffs, with the LGA2011/2066 set in the middle, and the universal Intel set at the right. At the bottom are the four knurled nuts that can be installed by hand, but we do recommend the use of a screwdriver to secure them.

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At some point, you will need to add the fans and mount the radiator, and here is the hardware to get that done. At the left, eight short screws can be used with or without washers and install the radiator next to the chassis. There are sixteen total washers so that they can be used on both sides of the radiator, and there were sixteen screws, one dropped on the floor, and was not discovered until after everything was ready to go.

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Sorry about the fact that the pretty standard USB cable in the back is a bit fuzzy, but there is not that much to say. It is black, and it has a USB 2.0 9-pin connector on one end and the Micro-USB connector on the other. What is new is the multi-function cable! The tine 10-pin connection plugs into the head unit, and the 3-pin fan gets connected to the motherboard for pump RPM.

The SATA connector powers everything, but hiding behind it is the 4-pin male HUE RGB lead, that allows the X53 to control the RGB lighting of LEDs and fans, bypassing the motherboard, and demoting fan power leads to motherboard control now too!

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The fans used are plain looking for an AIO with so much emphasis on RGB lighting! NZXT uses a pair of RF-AP120-FP fans, whose specifications can be found at the beginning of the review. A rubber sleeve isolates them in the fan screw holes, each fan has seven blades, and they are 4-pin PWM powered.

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The manual that ships with the X53 are all-inclusive. There is a parts list, how to get CAM, where to go if you have an issue, along with step-by-step instructions for AMD and both styles of Intel installations. They also make sure to cover the wiring in detail, where they state that you may also want to buy a fan controller to connect the fans. Insert sad face emoji!

Installation and Finished Product

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First things first, and as per the instructions, we made sure to shift the studs inward for LGA115X installation, line the studs up with the holes, and press the backplate into place. At this point, you hold the bracket in one hand while you flip over the motherboard and slide it onto the table for the next step.

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Of course, each installation may require slightly different parts, but the next step is to add the standoffs and lock the backplate to the motherboard with them. There isn't a need for washers as the standoffs do allow for a bit of play, and once fully installed, they do not touch the motherboard.

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To get here, we applied thermal paste, set the head unit into place, and tightened the four nuts around the head unit. Of course, be sure to tighten them in an X-pattern to get an even application of pressure to the CPU.

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As we peek over the RAM to see the head unit, there isn't that much to see! Most of the head unit is below the sticks, and we see a bit of the fittings and the entire rotatable top portion of the head unit.

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At this point, we ran into a slight issue! As anyone would likely try to install the X53, we found that the head unit is indeed larger, even though the specifications show the same diameter, they did not account for the collar of the fittings! In our system, the colors are pressing up against the RAM, changing its angle, but not enough to cause us any issues when testing the system. We would have thought this was a no-no to infringe on the RAM like that, but NZXT says to just change the orientation and rotate the top, which is one answer, albeit a messy one.

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When installed as expected, the cables are at the top of the motherboard, which makes things super easy and keeps wires hidden and not running over the motherboard too much. When reorienting this cooler, if we want it not to touch the RAM at all, there are only two of the four possible orientations viable for the average user of this product! On the flip side, if you are OK with the RAM issue, clearance is otherwise sufficient, but again, that can change.

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Even with a vast gap from the top of the motherboard to where we hung the radiator in the D-Frame, we have more than enough tubing, as our fittings are still pointing downwards, not stress on any of the connections.

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Once powered, the head unit comes to life with the infinity mirror ring around the outside, and an NZXT logo in the center. Both can be changed via software to anything RGB, individual of each other, and anything connected to the HUE 2 lead from the head unit will match the X53. There are various preset mode options, a vast array of colors to pick from, and while in CAM, you can also look at the pump speed curve.

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Just in case the review somehow left any doubt as to the rotatable top portion, compare this to the previous image. All things are identical, but we have rotated the cap ninety-degrees, so you can see that no matter the orientation of head unit installation, you have twelve segmented stops around the dial. Still, it will also sit at any angle, and it just isn't "locked" by the segmentations.

Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

Thermal Results

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For the standard run, the results look bad for the X53 at 56.75-degrees, but it is only 5.25-degrees out of the lead. However, out of the thirty or so listed above it, there are a half dozen or so that do a better job for much less invested in cooling the CPU.

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Eight and a half degrees out of the lead with the OC applied is not boding well for NZXT. At 74.5 degrees, the use of PWM and the pursuit of silence in operation has left this AIO in a place where it is tough to justify the expense.

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We always like to see what the best is that we can get with the kit out of the box, no changes other than topping out the fan speed. Even with a ton of noise, and all of that high praise in the features and charts, we have a hard time wrapping our head around the fact we only got another degree or so out of this cooler.

Noise Level Results

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28 dB is a good start - nothing stellar, but still under the radar for many users. We expected a bit better than this, but we are not going to split hairs about how quiet something is, it is still quiet none the less. At the time we recorded this level, the fans hit 1100 RPM.

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Just when we thought this cooler had silence in mind, we see this! 36 dB is reasonable for many, as this is under heavy load with an overclock, similar to gaming loads, but a bit more intense. We saw the fans turning at 1430 RPM as their cap under PWM control.

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With the fans let loose to spin with 12V powering them, we saw speeds at 2100 RPM, with a ton of noise involved! We do not suggest you do this, as 57dB is quite loud, and to get a bit more than a degree for the intrusion is not worth it at all!

Additional notes to consider: All testing was done with the pump set to fixed mode at 100% resulting in a reported speed of 2777 RPM. Also, relying on my motherboard to do precisely what NZXT intended the fans to do may not coexist. Although, our last test put any of that to rest.

Final Thoughts

We applaud NZXT for their drive to get better and for their outlook into ways to distinguish their Kraken series from all of the various competitors! We can see where there are times the RGB environments do not play well with each other, and companies certainly benefit from creating an exclusive environment to control it. It makes sense. We have no issues with any of this, and it is the way it works in the real-world.

The addition of the HUE 2 outgoing lead is the next evolution. We loved the rotatable top, as there have been instances where we have dealt with inverted logos and the like. Installation is simple, and once you have all the connections made, CAM does offer quite a bit to play with, in the RGB lighting department, and you will need it to control the speed of the pump.

However, with the good, comes quite a bit of what we will call oversight, and confusion between the marketing department and the product! The Kraken X53 is in no way what we would call a "high-performance" or associate with "incredible performance" as the box plainly states. At default levels, it fairs OK, but that's it, just OK! Once we overclocked the CPU, the X53 failed to keep up with the performance, and pushing nearly 700 RPM more airflow into the radiator delivers such a small amount of performance it isn't worth the effort of changing fan settings in your BIOS.

That's right; I said in the BIOS because NZXT thought it was a great idea to illuminate fan control.....on a CPU cooler.....a central part of the heart of the system, and NZXT is like nobody wants software control of them anymore. When asked, I was told, there are plenty of headers on the ATX motherboards, use those, or buy a FAN hub from them, so you can get back what was thought to be a standard feature these days. NZXT left our hands tied. When you put RGB ahead of everything else, this is what you get, a novel and innovative product that flounders at doing its primary job, cooling the CPU!

Even without the previous complaints, we still haven't looked into the encroachment on the memory! Again, we feel like NZXT just glossed right over this. In a typical orientation, the cooler hits the memory, which is a deal-breaker as to the rules of what you do with a cooler! Asking why leads to more frustration! We are told to change the orientation, leaving only two options, as the USB cable also causes issues with the memory! For those with all of the memory slots filled, you have two choices of orientation, and you just get to deal with the wiring and make it work and look decent.

In my opinion, this is one instance where they needed fewer hands-on this design, or maybe they needed just one more to point out the obvious. We find there are just too many problems and a couple of them compound as you try to find a solution to what should work out of the box, and it seems the Kraken X53 cannot do what everyone else, including their previous solutions, did and still do! Sometimes change for the sake of change is not the way to go!

If you are the brand loyal type, or those who just want to try out the latest generation of products, we get it, you are likely going to pick one of these up anyways. For the masses, when it comes to what Intel has out now, and how warm they tend to run, even with our old 6700K, well short of these 5GHz options out today, we do not see a bright side to this cooler as an option. Getting your cooler handed back defeated by a five-year-old (maybe more) $50 NiC C5 says it all!

At $129.99, we suggest buying something more affordable with better results, and throw that extra $70 at the PSU or the storage! We wish that AIO makers would what it takes to reclaim the top of the charts with impressive results, and deliver me a cooler that is worth the two to three times the investment needed!

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Quality

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90%

Value

50%

Overall

68%

The Bottom Line

Innovative as it may be, NZXT lost the purpose of a CPU cooler in their pursuit to make the Kraken X53 the next hot thing! Even though there are aspects to appreciate, the lack of performance and issues are what they are, and are reflected in the score.

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Review kraken x53

4.0 out of 5 starsSocket 1200

Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020

Style: Z73 360mmSize: Kraken ZColor: BlackVerified Purchase

I am editing my previous review. The 115X bracket does in fact support socket 1200 from Intel. I used Noctua NT-H2 thermal grease, and currently run a 10700K CPU. Idle temps are around 25-28 degrees Celsius. The highest I've seen it go, according to the display on this cooler, was around 45 degrees Celsius. The radiator is front mounted with fans pushing the air inwards.

The pump is really silent too. I had to feel the lines from the pump to reservoir just to verify it was working. The included fans are extremely silent too. With 11 fans in total, none of them (9 of which are NZXT) can be heard unless up close to the case.

And how can I forget about the display!? You can only rotate images once, 90 degrees clockwise. My memory is so close to the socket that the lines would have rubbed on one of the sticks. I rotated the cooler counter clockwise, only to find out I moved it in the wrong direction. There's a variety of options under the CAM software. CPU, GPU, CPU and GPU, liquid temps, and more. Let's not forget GIFs! Uploading was very easy. I just wish it would let you crop more of the image in. Nowadays, it's easy to make a GIF from your phone from a video. So theoretically, you can record a video, make it a GIF, transfer it to your computer, then upload it to the LCD screen. That way, you can have a video of your child, cat, dog, or whatever you want showing on your pump screen.

It's a bit pricey. Only being able to rotate images once clockwise by 90 degrees is annoying. Not being able to install it the intended way without it rubbing on the first stick of RAM is annoying too. But overall, I like it. It's silent. It shows different computer stats. It plays GIFs. It's silent. It keeps my CPU much cooler than I thought it would. And it's really sleek. I would recommend this to anyone serious about AIO coolers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Socket 1200
By Brandon on May 22, 2020

I am editing my previous review. The 115X bracket does in fact support socket 1200 from Intel. I used Noctua NT-H2 thermal grease, and currently run a 10700K CPU. Idle temps are around 25-28 degrees Celsius. The highest I've seen it go, according to the display on this cooler, was around 45 degrees Celsius. The radiator is front mounted with fans pushing the air inwards.

The pump is really silent too. I had to feel the lines from the pump to reservoir just to verify it was working. The included fans are extremely silent too. With 11 fans in total, none of them (9 of which are NZXT) can be heard unless up close to the case.

And how can I forget about the display!? You can only rotate images once, 90 degrees clockwise. My memory is so close to the socket that the lines would have rubbed on one of the sticks. I rotated the cooler counter clockwise, only to find out I moved it in the wrong direction. There's a variety of options under the CAM software. CPU, GPU, CPU and GPU, liquid temps, and more. Let's not forget GIFs! Uploading was very easy. I just wish it would let you crop more of the image in. Nowadays, it's easy to make a GIF from your phone from a video. So theoretically, you can record a video, make it a GIF, transfer it to your computer, then upload it to the LCD screen. That way, you can have a video of your child, cat, dog, or whatever you want showing on your pump screen.

It's a bit pricey. Only being able to rotate images once clockwise by 90 degrees is annoying. Not being able to install it the intended way without it rubbing on the first stick of RAM is annoying too. But overall, I like it. It's silent. It shows different computer stats. It plays GIFs. It's silent. It keeps my CPU much cooler than I thought it would. And it's really sleek. I would recommend this to anyone serious about AIO coolers.
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NZXT Kraken X53 Cooler a Água...Tipo é FIXOLAS !!! 😉

Kraken X53

$139.99

240mm Liquid Cooler

This All-in-One (AIO) liquid cooler is designed with the ability to fit comfortably in most cases, with two 120mm Aer P radiator fans it keeps CPU performance high while keeping temperatures down.

  • Rotatable top accommodates logo re-orientation*
  • NZXT RGB Connector for NZXT RGB accessories
  • User friendly controls with NZXT CAM
  • Two 120mm Aer P radiator fans with chamfered intake and fluid dynamic bearings
  • Fine nylon mesh sleeves strengthens rubber tubing to protect from leaks
  • 6-year warranty

The pump orientation can be changed in 30° increments

CPU Compatibility

  • Intel LGA: 1200, 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
  • Intel Series: i9, i7, i5, i3, Pentium, Celeron
  • AMD Socket: AM4, sTRX4, TR4
  • AMD Series: Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 3,Threadripper* Threadripper bracket not included

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