The high-priced compact water cooling systems of the Kraken X series, which NZXT relaunched in January 2020 with the 7th generation of Asetek pumps, are now optionally available with brightly colored LEDs in the fans. In addition, the manufacturer has completed the AiOs of the Kraken Z line with an LCD display.
New fans on all three Kraken-X AiOs change the performance
So far, NZXT has offered the current all-in-one water cooling system Kraken X53, X63 and X73, which usually differ in the radiator sizes, with a cautious look with ordinary fans. The Kraken X53 RGB, X63 RGB and X73 RGB variants have now been added, which, following the naming, stand out from the previous Kraken X models with RGB lighting.
NZXT Kraken X73 RGB (Image: NZXT)
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From now on, NZXT offers the cheaper complete water cooling with the new fans of the type “Aer RGB 2”, in the frame of which there are colored light-emitting diodes arranged in a ring, thus making comparatively simple and accentuated lighting possible.
As a result, the range of services is also changing. NZXT reduces the starting and maximum speed of the fans from 800 to 500 rpm and 2,000 to 1,500 rpm, which results in a lower volume flow and air throughput. But also the noise level drops in the lower speed range as well as in the top due to the realignment.
Kraken Z53 as a latecomer in the range
With the new Kraken-X-RGB complete water cooling, NZXT completes the high-priced and at the same time impressive Kraken-Z family. So far only available with radiators of sizes 280 mm and 360 mm, the Kraken Z53 is now the smallest model with a 240 mm long heat exchanger, which ranks below the Kraken Z63 (test) in the manufacturer’s portfolio. The LCD display on the Asetek pump unit, which is typical for the AiO series and which can display its own graphics and images using software, remains the concise and at the same time price-driving feature of the new addition.
NZXT Kraken Z53
NZXT Kraken Z53 (Image: NZXT)
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The four new additions are already available in the manufacturer’s shop. While the potentially strongest CPU cooler Kraken X73 RGB costs just under 220 euros to start with, NZXT is offering the smaller siblings Kraken X63 RGB and Kraken X53 RGB for around 180 euros and 160 euros, respectively. The Kraken Z53 model is the most expensive of the new products. Despite the smaller 240 mm radiator, buyers currently have to spend 230 euros.
For comparison: the original variants of the Kraken X line with completely black fans are currently available in retail for 125 euros (Kraken X53), 143 euros (Kraken X63) and 169 euros (Kraken X73).