Installing the NZXT Kraken X61 CPU Cooler
Before we inspect each member of our new CPU cooler collection, let’s establish that our tests consist of methods we have determined to be the best for our one singular purpose. Our methodology isn’t written in stone, and could very likely be changed or modified as we receive justification (and feedback from the community). Our scope is limited to stand-alone products only, meaning those products which can be installed and operated without additional critical components needed or kit construction. This is the reason for this first test, in which the mounting system for each cooler is tested. Since this is not an apple to apples comparison, but rather a subjective description of each of the kits available without any form of quantitative data, it does not affect the numerical scores we give to each product. The purpose of this test is to inform our readers on how the mounting system of each processor cooler can affect the buying experience.
Because the NZXT Kraken X61 does not have LGA 775 compatibility out of the box, this time we will test it using our AMD platform . For this test we will be using a Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2P AM3 motherboard to test the mounting system included with the NZXT Kraken X61, which NZXT lists as one of the supported sockets.
Installing the NZXT Kraken X61 starts with locating the AMD back-plate included with all AMD motherboards which can be removed by unscrewing the top bracket held by four screws. Next you will need to locate the four screws NZXT included with the X61 found on the AMD labeled bag. The process can not get any simpler than this, just screw the thicker thread side of the screws onto the backplate across the motherboard.
Secondly you will need to install the AMD bracket onto the NZXT Kraken’s core, for this you will have to remove the Intel bracket which comes installed by default. This process is a bit tedious if you have never dealt with an Asetek branded cooler before, however NZXT has an excellent visual illustration of this process here. With the bracket in place, just align the screws with the holes of the bracket, and use the included thumb screws to lower the core onto the CPU. Next you will need to mount the radiator inside your case, which is self explanatory. Don’t forget to plug in the pump into a fan header on the motherboard, and the fan onto the included fan plug that comes from the X61’s core. Lastly, plug in the USB header to control the RPM speed of both your fan and pump, this will also allow you to gain access to the different temperature sensors inside the NZXT Kraken X61.