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NZXT Kraken G12 Graphics Card Cooling Bracket Review

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Posted July 24, 2017 by Josh Jackson in Cooling

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $29.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Excellent Cooling performance, Extremely Quiet Operation, Professional Looking Design
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Although it could be worse, the install process is still a bit of a pain, No option for flashy LED lighting on the side of the bracket
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Sure, the install process isn't for the feint of heart, but darned if this design doesn't have some awesome cooling performance to make up for it.
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Features and Specifications

The concept is pretty straight forward. The bracket is meant to have a wide range of compatibility and increase the cooling capacity of the GPU by a large margin. Of course, the reason we’re here is to verify this, but I suspect we’re going to see similar results to what the features claim.

  • Quickly mount any Kraken Series liquid cooler onto graphics cards with the Kraken G12 mounting kit. It delivers a 40% increase in cooling capacity over stock cooling, and features a newly designed bracket with an easier installation process versus the Kraken G10. Plus, the G12 is compatible with more than 30 liquid coolers on the market.
  • Supports the latest Kraken X42/X52/X62
  • Convert GPU’s stock cooling to liquid cooling with 40% increase in cooling capacity
  • Supports both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards–reference and non-reference design
  • Compatible with over 30 liquid coolers and 40 different GPUs
  • 92mm fan for active VRM cooling with space for aftermarket VRM heatsinks

It looks like Nvidia is enjoying a wider range of straight compatibility than AMD is. The asterisk by the model numbers is to let you know that you might need a copper shim in order to get enough pressure to properly cool the GPU. Also, while the 500 series isn’t mentioned specifically, I’m pretty sure I saw an update that they are supported and we’ll get the chance to check it out soon as well.

Dimensions 201 x 113 x 32 mm
Material(s) Steel and Plastic
Weight 282 g
Fan Dimensions 92 x 92 x 25 mm
Fan Speed 1,500 RPM
Fan Connector 3-pin
Fan Bearing Rifle Bearing
Fan Rated Voltage 12V DC, 0.18A, 2.16W
Compatibility – Graphic Cards Nvidia
Titan X, Titan, Geforce GTX 1080 Ti, 1080, 1070, 1060, 980 Ti, 980, 970, 960, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 680, 670, 660Ti, 660, 580, 570
AMD
RX 480, 470, R9 390X*, 390*, 380X*, 380, 290X*, 290*, 285*, 280X*, 280*, 270X, 270, R7 370, HD7970*, 7950*, 7870, 7850, 6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6790, 6770, 5870, 5850, 5830* Some variations in AMD die height may require the use of a copper shim which is not included.
Compatibility – AIO Liquid Coolers NZXT
Kraken X62, X52, X42, X61, X41, X31, X60, X40
Corsair
H105, H110, H90, H75, H55, H50 (CW-906006-WW only)
Thermaltake
Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360, 280, 240, Red 280, 140,
Water 3.0 Ultimate, Extreme S, Extreme, Pro, Performer
Water 2.0 Extreme, Pro, Performer
Antec
KUHLER H2O 920V4, 620V4, 920, 620
Zalman
LQ-320, LQ-315, LQ-310
Warranty 2 years
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