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NZXT Kraken X62 280mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler $185 + Delivery (Free Shipping to WA & VIC for Orders over $200) @ PLE Computers

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One of the best performing and aesthetically pleasing AIO CPU coolers on the market. I have been looking for a good price on this for over almost a year and this is the first time I have seen the X62 280mm model on sale.

PLE has free shipping for orders over $200 if you live in WA or VIC so if you bundle something else in to make up the extra $15 you'll still come out better than the ~$215 retail price at most other places.

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    Does this work on Ryzen?

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    CAMs software is a piece of Sh*t is all im going to say.

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      This^ . It does not play well with other software.

      • +2 votes

        There's a complete rebuild of CAM that is supposed to be better but I just run my Kraken straight from the mobo without using CAM and it works a treat.

        The gigabyte software for my motherboard does a great job at letting me customize fan curves against CPU temperature - i imagine most motherboard makers allow the same now.

        At the most you just need to install CAM to set up the lighting how you want it, then you can ignore it forever.

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    Isn't this another generic Asetek AIO with added NZXT-designed lighting? Does it actually outperform other 5th gen Asetek AIO from other brands, or just same difference?

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    I bought a similar one from ebay (refurbished Coolermaster H115i?) for my kraken g12 for about $80USD in May 2019.

    Proprietry cooling fixtures are not cool (pun), and i assume thats why they cost what they do.

    Does an awesome job.

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    Does this (or AIO 280mm in general) work better than a good air cooler like Noctua D15 or be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4? The latter could be bought for well under $120 normally on ebay 20% sale.

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      It would be worth looking at reviews of each with comparable temperature and dB ratings, this model is louder than the D15 in my experience.

    • +4 votes

      To be honest if you're building from a pure practicality point of view its hard to argue against the Noctua D15 - similar performance and cheaper.

      It depends on how much you value aesthetics of your build - The D15 is big and ugly as hell (subjective) and if you want it in black instead of Noctua Beige be prepared to spend an extra $90 on two Chromax fans.

      For those that want a well reviewed AIO option that looks good, then the X62 is pretty good - each to their own

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      It's within a bees d***. I went from a H110 (similar to the kraken x62) to a Dark Rock Pro 3 on an overclocked 4790k a couple of years ago and the temperatures were the same or within 1-2 degrees. The Dark Rock Pro 3 was also noticably quieter than the H110 (which from memory had Noctua fans on it).

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    love nzxt - way to expensive in oz - border tax kills it

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      I feel the opposite about my NZXT experience overall. Corsair pricing (or more sometimes) and quality is inferior.

      Aesthetically great though, no denying that.

  • -1 vote

    180$ omegalul

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    I'm on my 3rd Corsair AIO, without fail they seem to start clogging within a couple of years. I'm doing an upgrade shortly and have been shopping for my parts, this was the one I was considering for my upgrade. I like PLE so will probably get this one - thanks for the post.

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      Both old Corsair models and the Krakens are made by the same manufacturer, Asetek, AFAIK, so both brands are likely to suffer the same problem. Osprey87 gave a link to the Corsair H115i Platinum and that is made by CoolIT.

      Stop wasting money on these unserviceable, sealed, all-in-one, pump-on-block patented units and instead look at entry level DIY closed-loop kits from real manufacturers like EKWB and Swiftech.

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        I think that's good advice, thanks for the links.

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        These sort of comments can be a little misleading.

        Gamer Nexus have a really good article here about who makes AIOs:
        https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2122-who-actually-makes-l...

        "Manufacturers like Corsair and NZXT will provide input to their suppliers – CoolIT, Asetek, or similar – on how they'd like the CLC to be different from competition using the same product. This boils down to things like radiator size, radiator thickness, tube length and type, LED presence, software support, pump speed or variance, and some more granular changes (like aluminum fin density). The buyer of an OEM-supplied liquid cooler will often use their own fans (often made by – you guessed it – another OEM, like Dynatron), the specs and design of which can greatly impact cooling performance.

        So, while things are a little less infatuating, this knowledge shouldn't detract from the brands who get the selection and design process right. Using the same OEM, it is equally possible to make a good or bad product: the wrong fan choice could create turbulence within the radiator and prohibit efficient dissipation, for instance, or the tube length could be too short to function in a larger case (and vice versa for smaller cases)."

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          Ebany wrote that Corsair AIOs "seem to start clogging within a couple of years".

          Out of the 11 factors that you quoted from the article, only these two may perhaps contribute to clogging: tube type and pump speed. Out of the two factors that you discussed (fan choice and tube length), neither contribute to clogging. Two factors that you did not mention that have been shown to contribute to clogging are chemical deterioration of the coolant and galvanic corrosion between the copper head block and the aluminium reservoir.

          No unserviceable, sealed, all-in-one, pump-on-block patented cooler will let you change its coolant and stop clogging from happening. The DIY kits that I quoted do allow you to perform preventative maintenance and to repair and replace old parts. With the amount of money Ebany had spent on the 3 Corsair AIOs and now a Kraken, and perhaps another 2 replacements in "a couple of years", s/he could have bought 2 mid-range DIY kits from EKWB & Swiftech which will last the distance and with change to spare.

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            @alvian: you might be exagerating there a little - aren't these kits relatively new, like just in the last year? 7-8 years back a custom closed water loop would have cost you $1k+ easy, most likely more.

            It's an option for sure, and while we appreciate your enthusiasm for a custom loop believe it or not it's not the only option. Some people want an AIO for various reasons and for those who do this is a decent deal for this particular model.

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              @Cunning Linguist:

              believe it or not it's not the only option

              Show me where I said a closed loop kit is the only option? Stop putting your words in my virtual mouth.

              Some people want an AIO for various reasons and for those who do this is a decent deal for this particular model.

              I was not writing to some random people who wanted an AIO. I was responding to Ebany who has suffered from 2 clogged AIOs, is using the third and is about to purchase a fourth. I was telling him/her to stop wasting money and buy into a better alternative. Are you telling Ebany to spend $185 on the Kraken anyway, in the hope that it won't clog like the Corsairs?

              you might be exagerating exaggerating there a little

              Which section? The section where I wrote a sealed AIO cannot be serviced, or the section where I wrote you can prevent clogging by performing maintenance? Or the section where I said Ebany is wasting money persisting with AIOs?

              aren't these kits relatively new, like just in the last year

              The kits in the links I gave are new. They replaced older model kits from the past. Why are you surprised that old models are replaced by new models?

              7-8 years back a custom closed water loop would have cost you $1k+ easy, most likely more.

              You might be exaggerating there a little.

              Where did I say custom closed loop? There is nothing custom about the products I referenced. Stop putting your words in my virtual mouth.

              The DIY kits are pre-packaged, pre-assembled, pre-filled with coolant, and ready to install. Installing these kits are no different from and no more difficult than the Kraken. For example, the Swiftech H220 that came out in 2013 (so almost 7 years ago) has a RRP of US$140. I don't know why you think they were expensive.

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              @Cunning Linguist: I wish to offer an apology to Cunning Linguist. It appears EKWB has withdrawn from sale all pre-assembled CLC kits. I was negligent in not fully checking EKWB's current offerings before I gave the link to its Classic Series Kit.

              The EK Predator and the Swiftech Drive X were the kind of CLC kit I wanted to recommend to Ebany. I can now see why Cunning Linguist thought I was discussing custom water coolers instead of the pre-assembled kits. For my carelessness, for causing the confusion and for my rather harsh reply, I am sorry.

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    PLE has free shipping for orders over $200

    Where did you get this info OP? I have 2 items in my cart for $224 and it still asks me for $16.05 shipping to NSW.

    Also on this page https://www.ple.com.au/Delivery-Details I cannot find what you claimed.

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      This appears to only apply for Vic and WA, apologies I never realised this as I'm in one of those states - will update the post

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    I sorta want one of these, but my kraken x61 is still kicking after 6-7 years.

    I haven't noticed significant performance drops, but I wonder what the insides are like.

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