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NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Cooler Review

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NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Cooler: Fan Noise Measurements

As per request from many members of the enthusiast community, Benchmark Reviews has added noise measurements to our CPU cooler testing methodology. Each test is conducted in a noise isolated room, during the night time to avoid any minor disturbances caused by normal daytime activities near our location. Our base ambient temperature was measured at 15 dB for each of our tests. Noise was measured using a Brüel & Kjær type 2225 sound level meter located at 1 meter from the fan/fans. Fans were placed so that the axis of rotation of the fan is perpendicular to our line of measurement. For our dual fan noise measurements, fans were placed in series (facing each other) with a 10 cm gap between them. All fans were tested at 12 Volts.

Single-Fan-Noise-Measurements-Chart

The included NZXT FX V2 140 mm is loud, even louder than the Silverstone APA1225M12 fans included with both the TD03-E and TD02-E. Yet one NZXT FX V2 does a better job than two of our Yate Loon D14SM-12 140 mm quiet fans at keeping our I5 4670k cool. The only fan louder than the NZXT FX V2 140 mm fans is the old CM fan included with our CM Hyper 212 evo.

Dual-Fan-Noise-Measurements-Chart

Adding a second fan into the equation, the NZXT variants are still louder than almost every other 140 mm fan in our tests. NZXT should consider investing into quieter fans, as this can greatly impact the buying decision of many users. However, at the price point the Kraken line is targeting, buying a couple of Yate Loon D14SM-12 140 mm fans shouldn’t be any trouble as they retail for only $3.00.


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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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