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.
|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
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.
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.