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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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Packaging and Installation

It looks like NZXT is committing to their white/purple theme for packaging and I really like it.

Inside, all of the components are very adequately protected which means we can can give this packaging section a solid two thumbs up.

Time to move on to the installation process and there’s only so much I can say about it. Really, you should check out the video because this isn’t as easy as your typical CPU cooler install. If I had to sum it up, the installation is a pretty big pain. The large size of the pump/block combo can be difficult to work around with the thumb screws, none of the brackets set in slots which means keeping them lined up with holes until you get the screw threaded, and if you think you can easily install the rad in the top of the case, you might have another thing coming when the hose length stops you short. This is a pretty big problem because the largest benefit of CLC cooling is simplicity. Unfortunately, the install process left me wondering if it wouldn’t be better to commit to the idea of a custom loop, even if custom is a bit more challenging.

Also, I want to give a quick mention to EpicGear for sponsoring The Hardware Hound channel and helping me continue to bring video content to the site. Check out our reviews of the Defiant and Morpha X if you want to learn more about their products, but now let’s move on to the rest of the review.

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