This review has been a long time in the making, thanks to the large number of tests performed as we will get to soon. NZXT was kind enough to send a Kraken G10 and Kraken x41 (review here) for testing and by the time you are done reading this, I hope you agree that the time was well spent. The Kraken G10 was announced in November of 2013 and builds upon similar products that existed earlier (Dwood bracket, Red/Green mod etc) which provide a means to install an AIO CPU cooler on a GPU core for cooling it. There have also been (and continue to be) GPU SKUs that come with an AIO pre-installed too (AMD Radeon R9 295×2, HIS Hybrid IceQ series, Inno3D iChill series, EVGA Hydrocopper AIO to name a few) and also similar solutions with come with an AIO and heatsinks such as the Arctic Accelero Hybrid. Let’s not forget also what is possibly the one thing that will draw most comparisons to this- the Corsair Hydro HG10. This last product along with the Kraken G10 are GPU brackets which provide an easy method to re-use an old CPU AIO cooler on the GPU core while also attempting to provide cooling for the other major components that need it- the VRAM and VRMs in particular. Thanks to Mitchell from NZXT, we can now see how the Kraken G10 performs with the provided x41 cooler. I also want to thank James and George from Corsair for providing the HG10 as well as a Hydro H75 cooler, and also Linustechtips forum member “Faceman” for providing some heatsinks as well as some good information to build upon.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
|Model Number||RL-KRG10-W1 (White)
|Dimensions||177 (W) x 32.5 (H) x 110.6 (D) mm|
|Compatibility||Nvidia : GTX 980, 970, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, Titan, 680, 670, 660Ti, 660, 580, 570, 560Ti, 560, 560SE
AMD : R9 290X*, 290*, 280X**, 280**, 270X, 270 HD7970**, 7950**, 7870, 7850, 6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6790, 6770, 5870, 5850, 5830
The compatibility list is based on AMD Radeon and NVIDIA’s reference board layout, screw spacing and die height only. Please check the height restriction before purchase.
* Some variation in die thickness and height may cause issues with screws being too short to install on some AMD 290-based cards.
* Do NOT force the G10 to fit if your card is too thick, contact support for a revised screw set.
** Some variations in AMD die height may require the use of a shim.
|Compatibility||NZXT : Kraken X61, Kraken X41, Kraken X31, Kraken X60, Kraken X40
Corsair : H105, H110, H90, H75, H55 , H50 (CW-9060006-WW only)
Antec : KUHLER H2O 920V4, KUHLER H2O 620V4, KUHLER H2O 920, KUHLER H2O 620
Thermaltake : Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro, Water 3.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Extreme, Water 2.0 Pro, Water 2.0 Performer
Zalman : LQ-320, LQ-315, LQ-310
|Fan Dimensions||92 (W) x 92 (H) x 25 (D) mm|
|Fan Input Power||2.16W|
|Fan Speed||1500 ± 10% R.P.M.|
|Fan Voltage||12V DC|
|Warranty||2 Years (Removing your stock cooler will potentially void your GPU warranty, NZXT is not liable for any damage resultant of incorrect installation.)|
Now keep in mind that NZXT has attempted to make this as universal a solution as possible and the list of GPUs in here is not necessarily complete- the odds of it working with products not mentioned in here or yet unreleased/unannounced is pretty good. It is up to you to make sure it is compatible with your GPU before going ahead with this, and also note that some GPU manufacturers will do unannounced changes to PCB layout and components that can affect compatibility. There is a compatibility checker on the product page but again the same things apply to it also. Oh, and that last note about GPU warranty being potentially void when removing the stock cooler is completely true- some companies such as EVGA explicitly mention warranty will not be void as long as the GPU is not damaged by the user but others are not as willing.
Aside from this, we see that the cooler comes in multiple color options and all have a 92mm in common in the contents list. The fan has a sleeve bearing though which I am not a big fan of but we will come to that soon. The 2 year warranty ties in to the fan.
Lastly, the AIO compatibility list- if you are familiar with the world of closed loop AIO CPU coolers, you know that Asetek is the biggest OEM there is, followed by CoolIT Systems. A few others like Cooler Master and Swiftech design their own AIOs as well. The G10 is only compatible with Asetek products that follow the current installation system of the “teeth” on the cooler bracket mounted on a round cold plate. If you did not get that, please check out my review of the Kraken x41 and the Hydro H75 coolers. Now let’s go ahead and take a look at the product on the next page.