Looking for the Right Closed Loop Cooler for your NZXT Kraken G12 Bracket?
Ideally, a consumer is buying the NZXT Kraken G12 Bracket to take advantage of a CLC that’s not needed anymore after a CPU cooling upgrade. However, buying a G12 bracket with an affordable CLC is not bad idea when it comes to an effective cooling upgrade for your GPU. It will cost you a decent amount, but when you realize that several GPU blocks alone cost over $100, it’s not a bad option at all for some increased cooling. There’s lots of options that will work with the NZXT Kraken G12, but I personally think one CLC stands above the rest for an affordable GPU cooling solution.
Disclaimer: the Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 is not officially supported on NZXT’s site, but I’ll update this if/when I hear otherwise.
The Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 is my favorite option for several reasons. For starters, the 120mm rad is a great size for compatibility in the biggest range of cases. The 140mm coolers would give you a bit more oomph, but some cases don’t support 140mm fans in the front. What makes the Liquid Freezer line such a good choice though is the extra thick radiator, plus two included fans. The extra surface area combined with the extra airflow is a deadly combination for giving your GPU some additional overclocking headroom. The biggest advantage though? An attractive $68 price tag on Newegg. There’s some CLCs that are a bit cheaper, but I don’t think the few dollars you save would be worth the performance hit. Other units are either more expensive, or getting into sizes that can make it harder to install in certain cases. Of course 280mm performance is kind of fun on a high end GPU!
The Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 may be my top choice, but that didn’t stop me from putting up a list of units that should work great with the Kraken G12. There’s only 120mm units, but you can assume that if that size fits, the larger version will work too. Don’t forget that the Kraken coolers will work great, but they’re a bit pricier than your average CLC. If you have a vertical graphics card mount in your case, I could see the Kraken being an awesome choice when you actually see the mirror RGB pump/block sitting on your graphics card. Check out the forums if you have any questions!