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NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Cooler Review

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NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Cooler: Performance Test 2

It’s time for our second and most important test. In this test we look to compare each cooler side by side by eliminating all the variables that may hamper our results. This means using our choice of fans and TIM throughout the entirety of this test. Buyers may benefit from buying custom fans and TIM by gaining performance, as well as by reducing the noise coming from the high RPM fans included with most cooling units. Our choice of TIM is Prolimatech PRO-PK3-5G which is an aluminum based solution that does not require any burn in time to reach peak performance.

Yate-Loon Fan Specifications

Our choice of fans include the Yate-Loon D12SM-12 120 mm and D14SM-12 140 mm fans. Yate-Loons are mostly known for their quiet operation, and very low price. They are also very common among power supply fans, and are frequently found in the market as there are many re branded versions available from different companies.Yate-Loon-120mm-Fan

Model #: D12SM-12 D14SM-12
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 20 mm 140 x 140 x 20 mm
Air Flow Max.: 70.5 CFM 62.0 CFM
Noise Level Max.: 33 dBA 29 dBA
Fan Speed: 1650 RPM ± 10% 1400 RPM ± 10%
Rated Voltage: 12 V DC 12 V DC
Input current Max.: 0.30 Amps 0.70 Amps

Test 2 Results

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Again, as expected from any other All-In-One cooler, we see that there is no struggles to keep our I5 4670k under temperature. At stock settings we see the Kraken X41 mirrors the performance of the Scythe Mugen Max, which is a beefy CPU air cooler. It is also interesting to see how far apart the Silverstone TD03-E and the Kraken X41 are now after replacing the fan and the TIM.

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Overclocking doesn’t seem to be a strong point to the Kraken X41, it is quite the trend that when raising the temps, beefy air coolers, and water coolers with larger radiators will dissipate heat more efficiently. This is clearly evidenced by this last test. Both the NZXT Kraken X41 and the Silverstone TD03-E fall behind other coolers in this category, with the beefy Scythe air coolers and the 240 mm water coolers taking the lead.


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  1. Neil Mathieson

    Some of your charts are showing Kraken X61 results. Isn’t this an X41 review?

    1. Julian Duque

      Thank you for bringing this up. This was a typo and it has since been corrected. If you are looking for our Kraken X61 review stay tuned as it will soon be released!

      1. Neil Mathieson

        Nope, just pointing it out to you. X61 sounds like a good one. It’s good to know that the X41 is good enough for my PCs.

        I have the X41 here, but never used it. I have a pair of Noctua 140mm fans to use with it, or a pair of Cougar Vortex 140mm fans.

        I can put it into one of three builds and haven’t made up my mind yet.

  2. John D

    I read the text and on pages 5 and 6 x61 is used 5times and x41 is in the same paragraphs making it extremely confusing. I just got to the end to read that you corrected the x61 mistakes but , not where I just got through reading. I dont know if you had intermixed the x41//61 on the graphs , too, or if the text errors were separate
    I was confused as to just which Krakens were actually tested
    john

    1. Julian Duque

      Thanks for pointing this out. The typos have been corrected! These review is completely of the NZXT X41, our review of the NZXT X61 should be coming some time this week.

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