...while rival solutions have taken a streamlined approach with fewer cables and no software, NZXT targets power users hungry for customisation options and unique styling.
Eye-catching design has always played a prominent part in product development at NZXT, and in the case of the Kraken X52 it really shows.
The firm's latest 240mm all-in-one cooler touts one of the most attractive pumps to date, with a mirrored top and LED illumination that offers instant appeal to anyone who has bought into NZXT's HUE+ range.
Looking good is only part of the appeal, as there's plenty of cooling potential for an overclocked CPU, software-based customisation, and both the fans and pump run with ultra-low noise, making this the quietest all-in-one liquid cooler we've ever tested.
Are there any major downsides? Well, the £130 price tag will serve as a stumbling block for most, and some may argue that the hardware-and-software combination is a tad too involved for something as simple as a humble CPU cooler. There's no harm in having a choice, mind, and while rival solutions have taken a streamlined approach with fewer cables and no software, NZXT targets power users hungry for customisation options and unique styling.
Bottom line: want a liquid cooler that looks the part and comes packed with features? Kraken X52 is, in our estimation, the best-looking all-in-one CPU cooler that money can buy.
RGB illumination does look cool
Keeps noise levels down to a minimum
Multiple customisation options via CAM
Very capable cooling performance
Six-year warranty as standard
Can't be expanded
A fair few cables to contend with
No spare thermal paste
NZXT Kraken X52
The NZXT Kraken X52 is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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