NZXT Kraken Z53 240 mm - RL-KRZ53-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - Customizable LCD Display - Improved Pump - Powered by CAM V4 - RGB Connector - Aer P 120 mm Radiator Fans (2 Included)
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I’m not exactly a fan of desktop widgets because most of them are hogging your system resources unnecessarily, but if you need a simple and lightweight widget to monitor both the CPU and GPU, the mini mode is something that I’d recommend. The mounting bracket is surprisingly easy to install as compared to the older Asetek based AIO liquid coolers. This has all been resolved with the new generation of Kraken Z series AIO coolers, including the Z53. And it performs seriously well too, which is good news for the Z53 since it's a CPU cooler at the end of the day. The accessories pack includes an installation manual, some cables for the pump and fans, mounting brackets and screws for the fans.
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You can view CPU and GPU temperatures on the display, configure light effects, or display other content.As expected, testing showed the Ryzen 9 3900X to run a little warmer than when using the Z63 and Z73.
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My only issue with the Kraken Z53 is the size of the pump unit which has some compatibility issue with motherboards that has DIMM slots located very close to the CPU socket if installed in the orientation where the tubes facing the DIMM slots. Even with the smaller 240mm radiator and just two NZXT P120 fans, it's more than capable of handling even the more powerful processors that can kick out a lot of heat.
Now with the CPU overclocked, the Kraken Z53 now outperforms all the coolers we have here on the list, even better than the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L V2 RGB which performs slightly better than it in the previous test set. Inside the CPU block is Asetek's latest 7th gen pump, which likely won't mean much, but this allows for more efficient cooling without all the noise.