Unleash the NZXT Kraken X72
Huge AIO Liquid Cooling kit - Totally Silent whilst performing great
NZXT super-sized their Kraken series liquid coolers, meet the x72 for cases with 360 mm radiator mounts. This new cooler is compatible with CAM software. This allows you to program, customize and monitor this all-in-one liquid cooling solution for your processor. Armed with three 120mm PWM fans and a nice radiator to go with it, the performance is really good, next to being extremely silent, NZXT probably has got the best-LED lighting system implementation in the industry as well.
You know, in the world of CPU coolers nothing ever stops developing. These days you can pick a gazillion different heat-pipe based coolers, where many are shaped, formed and priced the same. The better heat pipe based coolers are good though. Next in line are LCS systems (liquid cooling), the entry-level products are affordable, easy to install pre-fab liquid cooling kits. We've seen and tested many of them as Corsair, Asetek, Cooler Master and of course NZXT is kicking it hard with the Kraken series.
The bigger problem is cooling performance. The gear behind these kits are good yet the performance is often battling a small included 120 mm radiator with thin tubing and lacking coolant levels due to missing reservoirs. To compensate FAN RPM goes up making a good looking product noisy again. With that in mind, NZXT started to develop the Kraken series LCS coolers. The product we test today is the Kraken X72, an updated design with the cooling block and regulated control for pump and fans that is similar to the X62. Next to that what's interesting is that this product is based on a 360mm radiator which gives it quite a bit of cooling surface area. It is a cooler series that is easy on the eyes and comes with a relatively tool free installation. Next, to some very good performance, the product is compatible with NZXT CAM software. You hook up the LCS unit towards a USB port and then the software allows you to program, customize and monitor this easy to install liquid cooling solution. NZXT, however, holds the crown when it comes to RGB bling, as the Kraken X72 has an amazing RGB LED concept applied to it, the most wicked one you probably have ever seen, and it is very cool.
Above a video of the X62, not X72. But the cooling block is 100% the same thing, so what you see in the above video LED options wise, is what you get so that you can understand and grasp the LED lighting system as this is a premium feature on this LCS kit. So without further ado, let's have a peek at the Kraken X72 from NZXT and then head onwards into the review.