NZXT has introduced its new Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 closed-loop CPU coolers. The coolers are compatible with all modern platforms and are based on Asetek’s latest pumps, offering a blend between performance and quiet operation. Like all modern hardware for enthusiasts, the look of the coolers can be customized using the company’s proprietary software.

The new NZXT Kraken X-3 series includes 240 mm, 280 mm, and 360 mm radiator models, while the more expensive NZXT Kraken Z-3 family is comprised of a 280 mm and a 360 mm SKUs. All five closed-loop coolers are based on Asetek’s 7th Generation pump, which uses a 800 - 2,800 RPM motor. Paired with the Asetek pump are NZXT’s Aer P120 fans, which offer an operational range from 500 to 2,000 RPM and are rated to generate 21 dBA - 36 dBA of noise. The cooling systems use rubber tubing with a nylon braided sleeve as well as caps with a 360° rotation orientation feature, so that the cap can be installed in any direction.

The more affordable NZXT Kraken X-3 comes with a 10% bigger LED ring (when compared to previous models) with a rotable top featuring the company’s logotype. The more expensive NZXT Kraken Z-3 has a 2.36-inch LCD screen that can display various useful information (or just a picture) in 24-bit color, thus allowing to completely customize the look of the cooler.

As for compatibility, the new all-in-one coolers from NZXT can work with all modern CPUs from AMD and Intel, including those that use mainstream AM4 or LGA1155 form-factors as well as HEDT CPUs featuring LGA2066 and TR4 packages.

Specifications of NZXT Kraken X3 & Kraken Z3 Cooling Systems
  General Specifications
Fan (single) Speed (RPM) 500-2,000±300 RPM
Airflow (CFM) 18.28 - 73.11 CFM
Static Pressure (mm-H2O) 0.18 ~ 2.93 mm-H2O
Noise (dBA) 21 - 36
Power 3.84 W
MTBF (hrs) ≧60,000 @ unknown oC
Connector 4-pin PWM connector
Pump Speed (RPM) 800 – 2,800±300 RPM
Life Expectancy ? @ unknown oC
Power 4.8 W
Tubing Length 400 mm
Compatibility AMD AM4, TR4
Intel LGA 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066

NZXT’s latest Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 closed-loop CPU coolers are immediately available in the USA directly from the company and will be launched in other countries next month. The cheapest Kraken X53 carries an MSRP of $129.99, whereas the most expensive Kraken Z73 is priced at $279.99.

NZXT Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 Coolers
  Size MSRP
Kraken X53 240 mm $129.99
Kraken X63 280 mm $149.99
Kraken X73 360 mm $179.99
Kraken Z63 280 mm $249.99
Kraken Z73 360 mm $279.99

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Source: NZXT

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  • Mikkelagn1 - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - link

    How the f*** do you mount fans to the side of an AIO?
  • nevcairiel - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    I had a Kraken X62 in one build, but I stopped using it because of their terrible software.
    Why can't they make purpose built control software that does nothing but control your cooler, not requiring an online account, not including everything and the kitchen sink.

    The worst part is that you can't even load a pump/fan curve onto the device which it then obeys, without the software it'll just run at some default rate.

    Unfortunately, no indication this changed in the new generation.
  • 29a - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    I have the case pictured in the article and the CAM software is terrible which is what I assume they're using to control AIO. I love the case but I wish I hadn't wasted the money on the model with the fan controller.
  • nevcairiel - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    Of course its the same CAM software.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    "...a 10% bigger LED ring..."

    Existing customers will be falling all over themselves to buy a new cooler to get that extra 10%! It's a genius bullet point from the marketing department.
  • Sushisamurai - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    totally looking for a review on this one vs the corsairs
  • Foeketijn - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    To see who has the best cooling rgb?
  • Mikkelagn1 - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - link

    To see whether Asetek’s gen 7 pump/block is better or worse than CoolIT’s pump/block.
  • Stacts - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link

    Absolutely agree. I bought a 280 (the h110i I think) a few years ago for less than the X53. I want to see if these actually perform well enough to justify the price hike.
  • ingwe - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    I wish my PC looked like the one at the bottom. That is sooo clean :D

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