NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Heatsink Review
Performance and Testing.
The test set up consisted of the following
Intel i7 3960X 4.0GHz @ 1.25v Gigabyte X79 UD3 Corsair Vengeance LP Memory Corsair HX850 V2 Corsair Force GT 60GB Coolermaster Storm Trooper.
Our aim here is not to review the performance of the R9 290 card, but to examine the affects that aftermarket cooling has on the temps. To this end we've compared the figures received to those of the stock cooler and the MSI R9 290 Gaming, as well as other recently tested after market solutions.
From the graphs below it's clear to see that the when combined with the Kraken X40 AIO the G10 bracket enabled us to knock near as dammit 40 degrees off the temps experienced when using the stock cooler. It also manages to better the Raijintek Morpheus by nearly 10 degrees which is also pretty impressive considering how well we thought the Morpheus performed. Obviously the performance you get from the G10 will depend on the type and size of AIO you combine the bracket with, and with the G10 being compatible with a good many there should be an option for every pocket. Of course if you're wondering what to go for, or what you can afford then a quick gander at our CPU cooler charts should see you right, just make sure you check compatibility.
Having seen some of the decent AIOs get very close to, and in some cases better custom loops we're very keen to see how well the G10 Kraken compares to a custom water block, and just imagine what it's capable of when combined with the X60!