It is quite clear that the NZXT Kraken G10 is an impressive product, especially when paired with the excellent NZXT Kraken x40.
Although the G10 could theoretically be used with a larger cooling unit such as the Kraken X60, we doubt that there would be much value in spending the extra money as the X40 does an excellent job of keeping temperatures down. Even if you are planning to overclock your GPU, we imagine that other factors will cause you to hit a clock-ceiling before the temperatures when using the Kraken X40.
The cooling performance offered by the Kraken G10 and X40 pair is a significant improvement on the stock configuration. With some tuning of fan profiles on the X40, you can also adjust the noise vs. performance trade-off with remarkable ease.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Kraken G10 is the simplicity of the installation process. Even those users with little experience should be able to install this cooler without any trouble.
Perhaps the only negative attribute of the Kraken G10 and X40 combination is the rather inelegant mess of pipes and cables that it creates in the middle of your system. While this wont bother a lot of users, those who take pride in the tidy appearance of the inside of their PC are likely to be annoyed by this.
At a price of £25 from Overclockers UK, the NZXT Kraken G10 opens up a wide range of cooling options. An NZXT Kraken X40 will set you back £79 from Overclockers UK, bringing the total for the pair to £104. This is quite expensive, however those demanding the best performance from their graphics card are likely to be prepared to foot the bill.
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- Excellent cooling performance.
- Incredibly simple installation process.
- Compatible with most Asetek based coolers.
- Lots of cables and pipes to tidy up.
Kitguru says: An innovative product from NZXT which brings liquid GPU cooling to the mass market.