NZXT Kraken X61 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

NZXT Kraken X61 Review


Having recently looked at the X41, as promised we're now going to have a look at the larger 280mm radiator based X61 from NZXT.  At first glance there doesn't appear to be a huge amount of difference between the X61 and the older X60.  Certainly the X61 has a the new variable speed pump but as we said in our review of the X41, we're not wholly convinced of the benefits this is claimed to bring, and unlike the X41 which boasts an increase in radiator thickness over the X40 the X61 which is only 2mm thicker than the X60 remains to all intents and purposes the same thickness.  Perhaps the revised FX V2 fans will make all the difference, however as the figures given by NZXT show them with a slightly higher airflow but lower static pressure than the fans on the X60 we have our doubts, and, it has to be said, more than a few concerns.  Well, there's only one way to find out isn't there?  The good old OC3D torture tests.

Technical Specification

 Model Number  RL-KRX61-01
 Dimensions 140x 280x 27mm (WxHxD)
 Intel Compatibility LGA 2011-3, 1366, 1156, 1155, 1150 CPUs
 AMD Compatibility FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2 CPUs
 Material Copper, Aluminium, Plastic, Rubber
 Fan Model NZXT FX V2 140mm Performance PWM Fan
 Fan Dimensions 140 x 140 x 25mm
 Fan Speed 800~2000 RPM ± 10%
 Fan Air Pressure 0.36-1.97mmH2O
 Fan Air Flow 42.4-106.1 CFM
 Fan Connector 4 Pin PWM
 Motor Speed 2400-3600 ± 150 RPM
 Motor Voltage 12V DC
 Motor Current 325mA
 Tube Length 400mm
 LED Colour Hue Controlled Colour Changing Lights
 Control Method Kraken+ Software Module
 Warranty 6 Years


* This is the figure given by NZXT, however our measurements show the X61 to be 137x310x27mm(WxHxD). 

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