NZXT Kraken X41 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Release the Kraken!


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Closer Look

The packaging for the Kraken X41 is designed to offer users a look at the cooler itself and make sure they have all the technical information to make sure this cooler is compatible with their system.

On the front of the box, users will find a nice image of the Kraken X41 radiator and pump/block, they will also be able to see that it is designed to work with both Intel and AMD CPUs. On the back of the box NZXT have gone into further detail on a few of the features, the major one is the CAM software that will allow users to change the Hue of the block and also control their fans RPM among other things.  Turning to one of the sides of the box and users will be able to find a full specifications list so they can make sure the X41 is fully compatible and will meet their requirements. On the other side, users will get a more detailed list of exactly which CPUs are compatible and a bit more information included the fact the X41 radiator is 24% thicker than that of the original X40.

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Inside the box, users will find the Kraken X41 cooler which consists of the radiator and pump/block combo that is a sealed unit, a FX140 V2 140mm cooling fan and all of the mounting hardware to install it on the compatible AMD and Intel sockets along with the instructions to do so.

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The tubing on the X41 is quite flexible and this should come in handy for those looking to install it in locations other than just the rear exhaust spot of a normal case.

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As mentioned, the radiator is 24% thicker than that of the previous X40 model and should offer a nice bit of added performance in the cooling department. Couple that with the updated FX140 V2 140mm fan and users should be able to get a decent overclock out of most CPUs.

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The top of the Pump features the NZXT logo as well as some circular lines that will light and their HUE can be controlled via the CAM software that is readily available for download HERE.

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The pump/block comes ready to be mounted on Intel sockets and has some thermal paste pre-applied so users can get to use it ASAP after purchasing, which is always nice.  For users looking to make use of the X41 on AMD sockets, you will need to change the pump mounting. Installation instructions for all sockets can be found HERE.

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As far as connectors go, there is a power connector that will need to be connected to the motherboards CPU fan header to power the pump. There is also a USB header that will need to be connected for users wishing to make use of the CAM software and lastly, there are 2 fan connectors that are powered off the pump itself so users will not have to use the headers on the motherboard to power the fans.

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