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NZXT Kraken X53 RGB review – Relaunch with new lighting

NZXT distributes one of the most successful compact water cooling systems, the Kraken series. Currently, the third generation is available – we have already tested the NZXT Kraken X73. Beside the X-Series we also offer the Z-Series – instead of the Infinity-Mirror on the pump cover there is a small display.

To complete the offered line-up, a RGB version of the Kraken X-series is now added. The market is increasingly flooded with all-in-one water-cooling systems that are competing with each other – NZXT has also noticed the market and is following suit. For you we took a look at the NZXT Kraken X53 RGB and see how it performs.

Specifications

Socket compatibility Intel: LGA 1200, 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
AMD: Socket AM4, sTRX4, TR4 (without Threadripper Bracket)
Water block 80 x 80 x 55 mm (l x w x h)
copper block with plastic housing
Pump 7th generation Asetek pump series
800 – 2,800 RPM
Hoses 400 mm, nylon coated
Radiator 274 x 121 x 27 mm (L x W x H)
Aluminium
Fan Aer RGB 2 , 2x
120 x 120 x 26 mm (L x W x H)
500-1,500 RPM
22-33 dBA
Oil pressure bearing
4-pin PWM
Warranty 6 years
Price 159,99 € UVP

Scope of delivery and workmanship

The scope of delivery has changed almost nothing compared to the “normal” X-Series. As NZXT has already added to the last article, a PWM splitter is now in the package. In addition, the water cooling, mounting material, two RGB fans and the cabling await us in the package. A paper manual has been omitted – you get a NZXT sheet with a QR code to retrieve it online.

The price is noticeable in the workmanship. The radiator is perfectly painted throughout, the fans are torsionally stiff, have a neatly embedded RGB ring on the outside and you immediately get the feeling of having purchased a high-quality product. The pump head with the infamous Infinity Mirror is mirrored and protected from scratches by a protective film. No bent cooling fins or other quality defects can be found.

The hoses are very robust and cannot be bent easily. This is intended to provide increased safety – they bend in almost no scenario and thus rule out leakage.

If required, the pump head can be rotated – so the NZXT logo always shines in the correct orientation. Nowadays you see this more and more often, but it’s the small details that NZXT has been doing for a while now that round off the whole product. It is also noticeable that more screws than needed were delivered – even a quick change to a push-pull configuration would be possible without the need for more screws.

During installation, NZXT shows how to do it right. Simply screw the appropriate screws to the existing AMD backplate – the matching bracket can be easily fixed to the water block by turning. Afterwards you fix it with knurled screws to the bracket and connect the cables – and the Kraken is ready for action! In contrast to the non-RGB-version only two additional cables have to be plugged in – one from fan to fan, one from a fan to the pump.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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