NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Heatsink Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

NZXT Kraken G10 Review

Introduction

The concept of the NZXT Kraken G10 is so simple it's brilliant.  A rigid metal bracket enabling an AIO water cooling cold plate to be mounted onto a GPU chip.  Couple that with a choice of colours and a bundled 92mm fan to keep the VRMs cool and you should have a recipe for success.  With an ever increasing amount of PC cases these days having native water cooling support in more than one location, enabling AIOs to be fitted to both the CPU and the GPU, it's so hard to see where this could go wrong that we're left wondering why so simple an idea hasn't been brought to fruition before now.  Although we're sure NZXT would rather you use their quite excellent Kraken range of coolers they've not been so naïve as to make AIO compatibility exclusive, as we'll see when we look at the Technical Specification, the G10 is not only compatible with a wide range of GPUs, but also a wide range of AIO coolers. 

Technical Specification 

Dimensions177 (W) x 32.5 (H) x 110.6 (D) mm
Nvidia : GTX 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, Titan, 680, 670, 660Ti,   660, 580, 570, 560Ti, 560, 560SE
AMD

R9 290X*, 290*, 280X**, 280**, 270X, 270 HD7970**, 7950**, 7870, 7850, 6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6790, 6770, 5870, 5850, 5830

AIO Compatability

NZXT : Kraken X60, Kraken X40

Corsair : H105, H110, H90, H75, H55 , H50

Antec : KUHLER H2O 920V4, KUHLER H2O 620V4, KUHLER H2O 920, KUHLER H2O 620

Thermaltake : Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro, Water 3.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Extreme, Water 2.0 Pro, Water 2.0 Performer

Zalman : LQ-320, LQ-315, LQ-310

Fan Dimensions92 (W) x 92 (H) x 25 (D) mm
Fan Speed

1500 ± 10% R.P.M.

 

The compatibility list is based on AMD Radeon and NVIDIA's reference board layout, screw spacing and die height only. Please check the height restriction before purchase.
* Some variation in die thickness and height may cause issues with screws being too short to install on some AMD 290-based cards.
* Do NOT force the G10 to fit if your card is too thick, contact support for a revised screw set.
** Some variations in AMD die height may require the use of a shim

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Most Recent Comments

15-05-2014, 07:06:13

megaspeed2
You missed out a HUGE point here. check the VRM temperatures, in other reviews ive seen with these the VRMS end up 10-20 degrees hotter than the STOCK cooling would acheive, would have been useful to see that tested and maybe given some tips to reduce it, ie will some aftermarket VRM heatsinks fit and therefore fix the problem? or are they too big therefore making this cooling solution totally unviable.Quote

15-05-2014, 07:09:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by megaspeed2 View Post
You missed out a HUGE point here. check the VRM temperatures, in other reviews ive seen with these the VRMS end up 10-20 degrees hotter than the STOCK cooling would acheive, would have been useful to see that tested and maybe given some tips to reduce it, ie will some aftermarket VRM heatsinks fit and therefore fix the problem? or are they too big therefore making this cooling solution totally unviable.
Not all cards have probes there dude, we have had 0 issues with it though and the fan right over the top of it should be ample, if end uers are worried then it will require bonding heatsinks to the fets etc anyways and we cant do that with a card we need to reuse Quote

15-05-2014, 07:18:33

RobCrezz
Nice review TTL.

Heres a few pics of me putting one on my GTX 680.
http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=64279

I rate it as a solution, so much quieter with better temps Quote

15-05-2014, 07:19:47

megaspeed2
both the GTX titan and R9 290 have been shown in this review ( http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/art...G10-Review-527 ) to run significantly hotter in VRM terms compared to the reference cooling. since the titan gtx 780 and 780ti are so very closely related i think it would be safe to say that they would have similar if not the same results; hotter VRM than reference. I dont think that just because you cant test how much better using vrm heat pads is a good reason not to test vrms at least to see what kind of a difference it has made removing the heatsink from the vrms and having only a fan pointing at them as the G10 does, for any component to run hotter than the reference cooler... thats pretty scary and more than 100% worth putting at least a paragraph or two to talk about.Quote

15-05-2014, 07:26:56

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobCrezz View Post
Nice review TTL.

Heres a few pics of me putting one on my GTX 680.
http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=64279

I rate it as a solution, so much quieter with better temps
It was Gary that did the review - says at the topQuote
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