Corsair VS NZXT Battle of the AIO Watercoolers
Published: 31st January 2013 | Source: OC3D TV | Price: |
Who would of guessed 3 years ago when Corsair released the H50 they would become as popular as they are today. It was a slow start but things really kicked in when the H100 was released. In our eyes the H100 was the first of the viable performance AIO water coolers, the fans were far from great but that just made things easy when Corsair released the SP120 fans. One of the OC3D work stations was cooled with a H100 and a pair of SP120 QE's, temps were great but most importantly the system was quiet.
So in 2012 and NZXT start talking about their new Kraken AIO's, an Asetek design based around a 140mm and a 280mm radiator. If things look familiar with these then that's because the CPU block housing at least is the same as the H70. We would hope the internals have changed but the main unit and the mounting procedure is the same fiddly affair we disliked back then, time hasnt made us think any different!
When the Kraken X40 & X60 arrived our original i7 950 test rig decided to pack up, so we have been forced to make the switch to a 2011 3930K system. The main problem with a new test rig meant none of the old tests would be comparable any more and graphs with just the NZXT units in wouldn't be much of a review! So we decided to bring out the H100, H100i H80i and just for good measure as a baseline we chucked the NHD14 in too. That would have been plenty for the initial graphs but just as the testing was complete the Corsair H90 and H110 AIO's arrived. We got these tested too as they are nearly identical to the NZXT's and it seemed a great chance to compare them.
So with the first review on our new test rig we will be comparing the:
NZXT Kraken X40