NZXT Kraken X53 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅29-02-20
Conclusion
In a properly competitive market, where the difference between two coolers can be almost impossible to find without accurate measurements from expensive equipment, choosing which cooler to buy can often come down to aesthetics over performance, which is somewhere that the Kraken X53 excels.

Performance, at the 120/$130 price tag, is there or there abouts with the CORSAIR iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT but the RGB lighting on the NZXTs pump is arguably much cooler with the infinity ring design.

NZXTs CAM software is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, its great for keeping an eye on your system temperatures and fan speeds, but the choice not to control the two Aer P120 fans from the software is a missed trick. It would definitely be advantageous to add in different fan profiles.

Installation is as easy as any other AIO, with the mounting hardware feeling solid; wed much prefer some fan connections to the cooling loop though. The cooler is also backed by a 6-year warranty that not many manufacturers can match; thats something which gives any potential buyer a real peace-of-mind about the quality of the product as a whole.


All-in-one watercooling loops have become much of a muchness, with little to set them apart but the NZXT offers something unique with the infinity mirror that looks fantastic.

Pros
+ Infinity mirror looks great
+ Decent cooling performance
+ Easy to install

Neutral
+- Price

Cons
- No fan control from the software
- Not quite as good as the CORSAIR alternative


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