NZXT always seems to find a new way to reinvigorate a cliche market and that’s exactly what the Kraken X62 has done for us today. CLCs have hit a point where there doesn’t seem to be much room for performance improvements without making sacrifices somewhere else. Aesthetic improvements are a whole different ball game though. The infinity mirror combined with controllable RBG lighting makes the new Kraken a unit in it’s own league. If looks were all that mattered, then the review would be over, but performance is crucial when it comes to high end liquid cooling.
The cooling on the X62 did what I expected it to. If I had more time and resources, I would have placed the unit under more duress, but the Kraken still had the ability to lead the pack in my tests. I really wanted to put it up against it’s older brother, but I’m just new enough to the review game that I didn’t get to review the X61. Still, I’d be surprised if I didn’t see a lead on the newest iteration. The Kraken X62 is a great performer and I appreciate the fact that NZXT didn’t push the fan RPMs higher than they needed to go. Combine all of this with the fact that Cam software is doing an excellent job these days and there is nothing I can say that isn’t a praise of the unit.
In fact, the only problem the Kraken X62 might have is its availability and price. Availability will most likely fix itself in due time, but the $160 tag is one of the highest I’ve seen for a CLC. On the other hand, I feel like the X62 is in a league of its own when it comes to these type of coolers. Considering it’s out of stock on the NZXT website, I doubt the price is much of a deterrent for those going after it. Even I have to say that I believe the price is fair. If it was closer to $140, I’d be calling it a steal but I’m glad nobody tried to push the $200 mark too closely. With that, I have no choice but to easily award the NZXT Kraken X61 the Pureoverclock Editor’s Choice Award!