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NZXT Kraken X31-X41-X61 AIO Water Cooler Roundup

AIO (all in one) liquid cooling units continue to gain popularity due mostly to the cheaper cost to performance ratio, as well as their leak-proof and low maintenance design. If we look back a mere 2 years ago, liquid AIO cooling units were few and far between, and only a few manufacturers offered this type of cooling solution. Today we find a lot of AIO units flooding the market, and as you may already know, selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many different styles and types readily available. I am very excited today, because I will be putting three new units on my test bench from NZXT. The NZXT KRAKEN X31, X41 and, Kraken X61 AIO coolers. These three closed-loop liquid coolers are follow-up products to the Kraken X30 X40 and Kraken X60 that were reviewed last year. The NZXT X31 X41 and X61 have kept their same 120mm, 140mm, & 280mm respective CLC design; however, they now come with some new additions in the form of variable pump speed control, increased radiator thickness, and Cam software. Before I continue, let me tell you a bit about NZXT.



Introducing the Kraken X31, NZXT’s First 120mm Based Liquid Cooler!

It’s time to take the plunge. Los Angeles, CA – The Kraken X31 takes our Kraken liquid coolers to new depths by reimagining our industry-leading 140mm platform in a smaller, more affordable 120mm package without sacrificing performance or the cutting edge hardware the Kraken has come to be known for. By utilizing a 120mm radiator, we’re able to increase the radiator’s compatibility to include cases that don’t support our traditional 140mm standard. The X31 radiator is also optimized to run on a single fan without losing static pressure, airflow, or performance. Extended tubing make installing the Kraken X31 a breeze, while our industry leading six year all-inclusive warranty keeps your rig performing reliably at top performance. The Kraken X31 includes the same state-of-the-art integrated variable speed pump that keeps noise to a minimum during use without sacrificing top end pump power in our X41 and X61. A single 120mm pressure-optimized PWM fan connects directly with the pump to give complete software control over your Kraken cooler. In addition to the cutting edge hardware and a robust warranty, our legacy Kraken Control software has been replaced by the Kraken+ module within our new software suite, CAM. Kraken+ allows you to control your Kraken X31’s fan speeds and other custom cooling settings directly from your PC or mobile device regardless of where you are in the world. The Kraken X31’s mix of performance, affordability, and reliability makes thi...



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NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Speed Controller Review

As any system builder can tell you, the proper way to tune your system involves balance. Part of that balance which often goes overlooked by many novice builders is configuring your system fans; without proper airflow, your system might not be performing to its peak potential or might just be making a bit more noise than it needs to. Let us not forget that often times we find ourselves wondering how we are going to supply power to our fans without having to use motherboard headers and having all those unseemly cables running all over the place like so many cob webs. NZXT's Sentry line of fan speed controllers has been a staple for many system builders for several years, ranging in style from simple, mesh-style rheostat dials (varying resistor to control fan speed), to dual bay touch screen units. Here to serve another segment, as well as to update their lineup, is the Sentry 3. Offering 15 watts/three fans per channel, an increased size single bay touch screen, temperature probe, five total channels and an alarm monitor, can these features really create a more balanced build for you, or does this amount to nothing more than a bit of case bling? Before we find out, here's a bit about NZXT:



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NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Mid Tower Review

Things have been getting a thorough rustling in the case market in recent history. Every form factor from ITX on up to XL-ATX, has been getting some new life breathed into their respective segments with cases replete with features and styling that no one thought possible. NZXT, not being one to rest on their laurels for very long, have introduced a little something new to the ATX mid tower segment. It's something they like to call the Phantom 240. Boasting some pretty impressive specs for an ATX mid tower, yet not requiring you to take out a second mortgage on your house to buy it, this case stands to provide system builders on a budget with a truly impressive space for your hardware to be admired in. On top of this, it still offers the niceties that modern system builders come to expect. We've said it before, and it bears repeating: just because you're "ballin' on a budget," that doesn't have to mean that your system looks mediocre in the process. The question is... can this case provide its intended audience with enough features that make them feel like they aren't really missing too much? History tells us "yes," but like any good review site, we will turn our fair yet analytic eye toward the details for you to make sure that this product doesn't trim too much fat away for the sake of cost and form factor.



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NZXT Releases the Kraken X41/x61 and the Grid+

How do you make a great product better? Sometimes companies can redesign a product to squeeze every ounce of performance out of a design, release an updated model, then call it good. Or, a company can simply add a feature that makes an already great product even better. That’s exactly what we have today because NZXT just announced the release of the Kraken X41, x61 and the Grid+ that are all compatible with their new CAM software. As an enthusiast, nothing excites me more than writing about CPU cooling. This makes the release of new AIO coolers from NZXT all the more exciting, especially since the Kraken x60 had such a huge reputation. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any huge design changes with either loop. You still have a 140mm and 280mm rad with what looks to be the same power pump. On the other hand, NZXT did make some minor improvements that sound pretty good. The pump now has integrated speed control allowing the user to easily tone down the RPMs for quieter operation. This is great since controlling pump speed off a fan header isn’t the best and this can save a valuable connection on the fan controller. They also improved the fans to give a little better air flow but only the reviews will prove if these fans have better static pressure for the radiator. Combine all these features with the ability to control and monitor everything through the new CAM software and what you have is a system that you can monitor from anywhere anytime if you wa...



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NZXT Gives Less Colors than Expected

Over the past week, NZXT had a teaser page up with the quote, “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?” While I don’t understand art nearly as well as others, the color changing graphic had me quite excited about a plethora of color options, preferably by color changing LEDs, that consumers could do with their case. Unfortunately, the color choices aren’t as elaborate as I hoped for and even the case designs are merely others that have already been released. The first teaser to release was the H440 Special Edition Colors. The H440 was an exceptional case, so the option to give it more color trims isn’t a bad idea. Now, instead of white or red/black, you can choose a blue/black, green/black or orange/black scheme. While that extra feature is a nice option for consumers wanting variety, what’s unusual is the way they chose to release it. They gave a different color to three different vendors! It’s true that this is fairly unique, but it doesn’t really serve a practical purpose. If you’re the type of consumer who typically shops from one vendor, or has special accounts with them, then you may not be able to get the color scheme of choice without extra hassle and finagling. So while the choices are nice, it seems like NZXT should have given the color options to all vendors. At least the first teaser however, seemed like an appropriate build up, but the second was more of a let down. The next case revealed was th...



NZXT is proud to announce the launch of the Sentry 3

NZXT is proud to announce the launch of its latest case accessory, the Sentry 3. Take your build to new heights with the Sentry 3’s perfect blend of precision and power. The Sentry 3 combines five powerful fan channels with an extraordinarily intuitive UI, giving you complete control over your entire rig’s cooling with the swipe of a finger.While this may seem like a small or insignificant product, the Sentry 3 takes our fan controllers a huge step forward with its power, style, and ease of use that are not common in the fan controller arena. Features Capacitive touchscreen interface with ultra-fast response time 33% Larger screen than any other single bay fan controller Five fan channels to handle a large amount of fans or fan groups Use Link to group channels of your choice and manage the entire Link group simultaneously with the intuitive PowerSlide Bar 15 Watts of raw power to handle even the most power hungry fans LCD is toggleable to make the Sentry 3 blend into your front bezel when not in use Integrated short circuit protection to keep you and your PC safe Automatic Performance and Quiet fan profiles in addition to manual control Full compatibility with all types of fans, including PWM equipped fans, due to hybrid 3/4pin connector Incredibly accurate control for even the most precise adjustments Integrated failure alarm lets you know if a fan becomes blocked, stops spinning, or becomes unplugged Display temperatures in both F and C Tech Spec. Model Number AC-...



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NZXT H-440 Silent Mid-Tower Case

I was recently was given the opportunity to look at another offering from NZXT. If you follow my reviews, you will know that I am a fan of NZXT, and their H series in particular has become one that has sparked my interest. Over the past several years, NZXT has become one of the premier manufacturers of cases and peripheral. They seem to always think outside the box, and their innovative designs and features tend to be ahead of the pack. They are adept at targeting both the gaming and enthusiast arenas. Today will be looking at a new Mid-Tower chassis from NZXT. This one is the H-440 which is part of the coveted NZXT H Silent series of cases. For those familiar with the continuing legacy of the NZXT H Series line of cases, the new NZXT H-440 purports to bring all of the same sound-proofing/quiet operation capabilities as its three predecessors. This time, however, it also focused on a new arena. The new NZXT H-440 is not just centered on quiet performance but also on water cooling performance as well. The NZXT H-440 comes in two color choices, black with red trim, and white with black trim. Both the top and front fascia of the NZXT H-440 is a completely solid design with no door and no ODD 5.25 bays whatsoever. The NZXT H-440 has a smooth and simplistic design, meant to offer a clean, industrial aesthetic. Read on as we venture inside to see if it offers all the essentials you would want, including water cooling needs, and the hassle-free computing experience we have com...



NZXT H440 Case and NZXT Shine 3 Mechanical keyboard

Introduction Introducing the H440 with next generation FN V2 case fans and NZXT Teamed up with Ducky to create ultra-limited NZXT Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboards NZXT is proud to announce the launch of its latest chassis, the H440 as well as the NZXT Shine 3 Mechanical keyboard. NZXT has completely removed the 5.25” optical bays from the case since they have become antiquated and to make room for chassis improvements. The H440’s come with a massive full-view side window, an integrated power supply shroud, two SSD trays above the PSU shroud, and four steel HDD trays. The H440 is the first case to include NZXT’s next generation case fans, the FN V2. 1. It comes equipped with 1 rear 140mm exhaust fan and 3 front 120mm intake fans. This case is capable of holding radiators up to 360mm. With its minimalist design and new interior design, the H440 guarantees an easy and rewarding PC-building experience. This case is available now for pre-order on the NZXT Armory Store, the H440 comes in white/black or black/red for $119. The new retail versions of the 120mm FN V2 and 140mm FN V2 will also be available soon for $8.99 and $9.99 respectively.     Los Angeles, CA – to coincide with the H440 launch NZXT is pleased to announce its collaboration with Ducky Channel to create the extremely limited edition NZXT Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard. this keyboard will be available in black/white or black/red. The keyboard features Cherry MX Red switches and a large amount of LED back...



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT Kraken G10 AIO Graphics Card Adapter

When it comes to graphic card cooling, aftermarket air coolers were the best option in the past. Also, unless you were going full water cooling, your options were pretty limited. Recently we have started to see a mass of AIO (all in one) water cooling products come to market giving users many more options for CPU cooling; however, up until now there have not been too many similar options for graphics card cooling. We have seen a few PC enthusiasts creating custom brackets to attach these all in one CPU coolers onto graphics cards, and we have even seen some users even using zip ties, but very few manufactured solutions exist. Sadly, in the long run, we find that many of those custom "homebrew" options were not too pretty and/or had diminished longevity. Today things might be shifting. There is a leading manufacturer that has been listening to its customers and actually produced a bracket using this exact idea. It's also designed to offer up greater reliability and aesthetic appeal for the PC enthusiasts. We would like to introduce you to the NZXT Kraken G10 AIO Cooling Bracket which we will review today. NZXT was also kind nice enough to provide us with an NZXT X40 aAIO cooler for testing as well. Read on to find out how this new product stands in the spotlight.



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NZXT H630 Review

NZXT is moving the H series to the next level with the H630, using high quality materials and a spacious interior. Will its radical new looks, compared to NZXT’s previous silent cases, be able to convince users to jump on the silent bandwagon?   Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/H630/  



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT H630 Case Review

Over the last few years NZXT has introduced a number of modern cases to the world and today we see NZXT continue that trend with the introduction of its new NZXT H630 "Shhh..." Chassis. The H630 Shhh... adds to NZXT's already large line of full tower cases, and today we get to take a close look at it. At a glance, the NZXT H630 has a simplistic design; however, it's been packed with a variety of options and features for today's PC Builders. Aestheically speaking, we prefer the simple, elegant designs over the crazy or dramatic cases, and the NZXT H630 fits that previous description. However, the H630 is more than just an example of simplicity. NZXT introduced this product to be a silent chassis as well. That is why they included the "Shhh..." advertising Moto. We are going to put that and everything else to the test to see what this case brings to the table.



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT FZ-200mm High Performance Fans

When it comes to computers, cooling is one of the first and foremost issues that must be confronted whether we are running our computers at stock settings or overclocked. It really makes no difference because there is always going to be heat generated from every electrical component in our system. My question to you is, how do you keep it under control? We all are aware of the vast amount of ways to accomplish this, whether it’s faster or bigger fans, or water cooling for example. Fans usually are the cheapest, easiest and most cost effective resolution to improve or adjust cooling throughout your system. Today on the test bench we have four NZXT FZ-200mm fans, including the non-LED and colored LED FZ-200 additions to the NZXT family of fans. The NZXT FZ 200mm fans are engineered to provide high performance cooling with an airflow rating of 103 CFM while maintaining a silent operating profile of only 20 dBA at the highest settings. This provides a 15% increase in cooling performance over their previous FS models. The FZ 200 sets a new standard with a true 200mm wide diameter fan blade and is NZXT’s most ambitious 200mm fan yet. If you’re anything like me and feel that looks are equally as important as performance, you are in luck. The FZ-200 comes in five different LED colors: Blue, Red, Green, White and Orange to match almost any build. Moreover each fan comes with long sleeved cables that will help you keep unattractive fan wires hidden from view. The NZ...



 
 
 
 
 
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NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller and NZXT Grid

Today we are looking at a new arrival from NZXT. It is a successor to the Sentry Mix, and appropriately labeled the Sentry Mix 2. For those of you who are not familiar with its predecessor, the general design was a little gaudy with those big plastic silver sliders. It is reminiscent of some of the older styled audio mixing equipment. But boy did it perform, boosting 6 channels at 50 watts per channel. The new Sentry Mix 2 from NZXT along with its continuation of customizable lighting features, also brings with it a new look. The Sentry Mix 2 now sports a matte black finish with slim-recessed, long, glossy black sliders. Aesthetically, it is a very welcome change. But that is not all it brings; the Sentry Mix 2 also comes with a completely revamped circuitry and a PCB boosting 6 channels with a pure 30 watts per channel output, for a grand total of 180 watts! The sliders are not just there to supply power to the six fans. They also offer up a larger connector at each end for PWM fans' connectivity as well. Also on my test bench today is another new arrival from NZXT, it’s called the NZXT Grid. This is a fan hub that sports LED lighting, and is designed not only for the NZXT family of controllers, but can also be powered by your power supply’s 4-pin Molex connection. The NZXT Grid can be attached to the back side of your MB tray, and gives you the options of installing up to ten fans in any location, thus keeping your motherboard and your build free from any...



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Introducing the direct successor of the original Phantom

In 2010, NZXT introduced the industry to its Phantom chassis, an aggressively designed, feature-rich case for mainstream users, gamers and enthusiasts alike. Now, NZXT is finally ready to unveil its direct successor, the Phantom 530. Continuing the legacy of the original, the new Phantom was meticulously designed from the ground up resulting in a refreshing new design that is uncompromising in every way. While creating the Phantom 530, the NZXT design team painstakingly took every beloved aspect of the original and made it even better. With up to 70% more cable management space, more airflow and even more liquid cooling support, the Phantom 530 features phenomenal support for even the most extreme performance builds. Along with its fully modular, interchangeable hard drive cages, the new Phantom features all of the latest NZXT technologies including: a discrete SSD mount behind motherboard tray, signature rear I/O LEDs, single channel 30W fan control with integrated 10-port fan hub and steel 5.25″ optical drive latches. The Phantom 530′s extensive liquid cooling support includes Kraken X40/X60 compatibility and radiators of up to 360mm in size on top, 240mm in front and 240mm on bottom. Additionally, the new Phantom also features the largest window the Phantom line has ever seen, letting you show off the true beauty of your masterpiece, inside and out. The Phantom 530 will be available soon in Glossy White, Black and Red for ?119.99. For more information, visit...






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