[Review] Release the Kraken X40
The Kraken has been released in Singapore and I managed to catch one to tame my hot Ivy Bridge processor. Here I present you the world first AIO liquid cooler that has the 140mm size radiator. NZXT have always been innovating and bringing in new stuff for us, thought these are made by Asetek I applaud NZXT for having the balls in introducing the very uncommon 140mm AIO Liquid Cooler. The last NZXT cooler that I got was their awesome Havik 140 which have served me well in taming the heat of my Sandy Bridge processor then.
I would think NZXT was right by calling this product "KRAKEN" it surely depicts the mythical monster as the size of this liquid cooler is huge and the tubes are long which are the major description/depiction of the Kraken. Now having a huge area for heat dessipation means that it would be better in heat dessipation thant its 120mm counterpart provided they have the same depth. So now let us begin in meeting the Kraken X40 by NZXT.
The box does not have fancy graphics but enough to catch the eye of the cosnumer by its minmalistic look. The front of the box you will immediately see what the liquid cooler looks like and from there you can see that NZXT was the first to introduce AIO 140mm liquid cooler to the mass market. This cooler comes with 2 years of warranty, not as many as the others, but I leave that to NZXT on their decision.
This side of the box show you what you need to know about the liquid cooler and its accessories. The information given are all relevant it is good for NZXT to do this as it only shows us the information we need to know and not flood us with other information that we dont need.
This side shows you all the neat features of this liquid cooler, their world first 140mm radiator for AIO liquid coller for the masses. They have their interactive fan control and hue controlled lights which can be managed by their Kraken software that is bundled inside. and lastly but not the least it their 16" long tubings, in which I would say that it is usefull as you will have more options on where to place the cooler especially if you have those big casings like the NZXT Switch 810
While on this side of the box shows you how the bigger radiator is able to maintain low level noise while not compromising on the performance. It is also shown here that this cooler is compatible with the latest Intel sockets while as we all know AMD sockets did not change much so this means the Kraken X40 supports AMD from a wide range of generations.
From opening the box you will immediately see the contents of it, what I can say is that NZXT have package this with simplicity in mind. The raidator is well protected and away from objects that could damage it. The tubes are finely put in place as well as the water block. In the package comes with the 140mm fan, CD software and the manual. Now let me discuss about the manual. Their manual I can say is very well put I mean you can easily follow the instructions and will not get lost on where you are. The images are clear on what ot do and how to do it, as well as the wording on the instructions.
It has the dimension of a normal 140mm fans, it uses liquid state bearing for longer life which is needed especially if you are using it as a radiator fan. The fan that is included is PWM controlled and is variated from 800-2000 rpm. as for the noise of the fan well for me any 140mm or even 120mm fan that crosses the 2000 rpm mark is noisy. The good thing is that this fan is PWM so it can be controlle either by the Kraken X40 or to your motherboard 4 pin fan connectors. The fan is already sleeved by NZXT so you dont need to sleeved it yourself.