NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Heatsink Review

Up Close: Bracket Assembly

NZXT Kraken G10 Review

Up Close:  Bracket Assembly

Although we've got the white version as a review sample the G10 is actually available in White, Red and Black, meaning that you should be able to find something that is either neutral or matches the internal colour theme of your case, although with MSIs M power range becoming ever more popular we wouldn't be surprised if we saw a yellow version in the near future.  Still, with the G10 essentially being just a bit of bent Steel, it would be very easy to mod it to a colour of your own choice.  The instructions provided are quite clear and it is worth giving them a bit of a read through before you start as assembly is not as straight forward as you might think, leaving you on many occasion with the feeling that you've built it back to front.  With the instructions read, and the Man card handed in, the first job then is to insert and attach the fan which will be used to directly cool the VRM section of the GPU

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With the fan in place it's now time to secure the matching logo'd back plate.  The plate has a selection of holes which match up with the spacing for the various GPUs the G10 will fit.  If in any doubt the instructions are there to make things clear.  With the cold plate of the selected AIO in place, in this case the Kraken X40, the long bolts from the back plate then pass through corresponding holes in the bracket with rubber washered nuts holding them in place, tightening down the assembly and essentially sandwiching the cold plate in place.

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The Bracket has a couple of cable tie points built into it which is a very nice touch as it allows you to put the included cable ties to good use in tidying up the assembly, hiding away all those tubes and cables.

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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
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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
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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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