Review: NZXT Kraken-X53

CPU Cooler Details:
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Brand NZXT
Cooler Name Kraken-X53
Fan 1 Name Aer P 120mm
Fan 2 Name Aer P 120mm
Stated dBa 36.0
Full Size (WxHxD): None mm
Radiator (WxHxD) 123x30x275 mm
AIO Cooler Rating: Install 6 (Moderate)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1 Fan 2
Fan Name Aer P 120mm Aer P 120mm
Fan Location Bottom Top
Fan Flow Type Push Push
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 2000 2000
Fan Size (mm) 120 120
Fan Width (mm) 26 26
Manufacture Rated dBa 36.0 36.0
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 73.1 73.1
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.9 2.9
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic Fluid Dynamic
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Current (A)
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Design and Aesthetics:

Sporting an all-black aesthetic, this cooler presents an innovative infinity screen showcasing the NZXT logo. While it provides subtle RGB accents on the AIO pump, it avoids overwhelming RGB effects, appealing to users seeking a tastefully subdued lighting rather than an overpowering RGB setup.

Install Notes:

Installing this AIO is relatively straightforward, especially when compared to some other AIO models. When it comes to mounting the radiator, the initial step involves attaching the fans to it. However, it's worth noting that the screws used to secure the radiator to the PC case are relatively short and may not be sufficient for cases with thick materials. As for the pump installation, it follows a conventional process with four screws connecting it to the backplate, ensuring the AIO pump is securely placed on the CPU. Additionally, the AIO tubes offer flexibility, allowing for convenient adjustments to achieve an optimal setup placement.

Cooling Performance:

The NZXT Kraken x53 stands out as a cooling solution capable of handling high temperatures, delivering excellent cooling performance that can rival top-tier air coolers like the NH-D15. It's perfectly suited for setups seeking remarkable cooling efficiency , all without the bulkier dimensions often associated with larger air cooling solutions. However, much of the performance gained from this cooler is driven by the high RPM fans.

Noise Performance:

Equipped with dual 120mm fans capable of reaching high RPMs, this cooler may exhibit more noise compared to its counterparts. Nonetheless, this characteristic offers a wider array of choices for optimizing cooling performance during CPU-intensive tasks. It's worth noting, however, that there are alternative cooling solutions, both in the air and all-in-one (AIO) categories, which deliver better noise-to-performance ratios.


The NZXT Kraken x53 delivers strong cooling performance, thanks to its dual high-RPM 120mm fans. However, it can be noisier compared to alternatives in both air and AIO categories that offer better noise-to-performance ratios. Sporting an understated all-black design with subtle RGB accents, it appeals to those seeking tasteful lighting options. Its compact form factor suits setups prioritizing efficient cooling without excess bulk, although it's important to note that a significant part of its performance hinges on the high RPM fans.

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CPU Details:
Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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