I actually like NZXT’s all-in-one CPU coolers. Traditional fan-cooling is environment friendly and inexpensive, however an setup the NZXT Kraken can add model and house to your construct. And I bought an NZXT Kraken X62 for my very own system as a result of it’s environment friendly, quiet, and slick. So I used to be excited to take a better have a look at the corporate’s up to date X3 and Z3 coolers to see in the event that they stay as much as their predecessor.

The X73 is available now for $180, however you may get it with a smaller radiator because the X53 or X63 for $130 or $150, respectively. That’s the identical value because the last-gen Krakens. But NZXT additionally has the Z3 coolers. The Z63 is $250 and the Z73 is $280. I examined the X73 and the Z63.

The X3 and Z3 coolers function a brand new Asetek pump. The X3, has improved lighting and the choice to rotate the brand on the CPU block. The Z3, nevertheless, will get an LCD display screen with a ton of customization choices.

Let’s get into what I like.

What you’ll like

NXZT Kraken X3 and Z3 each use the brand new Asetek Gen7 pump

The Kraken X2 coolers, like the favored X62, used the Asetek Gen6 liquid pump. NZXT went again to Asetek for the X3 and Z3, however this time it’s utilizing the Gen7. The firm is promising quieter efficiency, however I discovered the X62 lots quiet already. In real-world eventualities, I doubt that most individuals would discover the distinction even when the Gen7 pump is better at keeping the noise down in a controlled test.

NZXT Kraken X3 and Z3 CPU coolers have the looks and performance

What’s necessary right here is that the Asetek pumps are dependable and environment friendly, and that ought to solely enhance on this newest replace. NZXT additionally features a six-year guarantee with the Kraken. And that confidence can present you peace of thoughts.

Simple to put in

The Kraken can also be fairly simple to place into your rig. It comes with the brackets it’s essential to hook it proper onto an Intel motherboard. And if it’s essential to swap within the components for an AMD socket, the method is fast and painless.

The nylon mesh for the tubing additionally offers the pliability it’s essential to get the cooler into place. Then, on the X3, you don’t even have to fret about getting the brand upright as a result of you may rotate that after set up.

X3 has improved RGB results

Speaking of the brand, NZXT improved the look of the LED ring to make the Kraken X53, X63, and X73 extra fashionable than ever. Most of this comes from thicker RGB lighting that improves the infinity-mirror impact. This makes it appear like the NZXT emblem is hovering over an infinite portal.

It’s nonetheless the identical total visible design because the last-gen Kraken, however the bells and whistles are shinier.

The NZXT Z3’s LCD show is numerous enjoyable

The Z3’s standout function is a 2.36-inch show that may current necessary info or, extra necessary, GIFs. And look, you may inform me you don’t need an LCD display screen inside your PC case, however I simply gained’t imagine you.

Using NZXT’s CAM software program, you may set the display screen to show the present temperature of your CPU or GPU. This is a brilliant strategy to keep watch over the well being of your system with out having to maintain monitoring software program open.

But it’s also possible to obtain and use any GIF you need, which is numerous enjoyable to mess around with. And it’s one other strategy to take possession over the look of your rig.

I like this factor.

What you gained’t like

Power header

While putting in the Kraken coolers is usually painless, I did have one downside. The energy header on the CPU cooling unit doesn’t do an incredible job of guiding in its included cable. This led to me initially plugging it within the unsuitable means on the Z63. The connection felt prefer it snapped in securely, so it was tough to inform the problem. But flipping it round and shoving it again in fastened the issue.

But even when it’s a straightforward repair, it’s laborious to get look along side the block after putting in it. So it could be good if the port ensured you couldn’t insert it the unsuitable means.

You want to make use of CAM

I’m at a degree the place I’m over complaining about each firm having their very own software program. But it’s nonetheless price declaring that you could be run into some complications with NZXT’s CAM. The firm has made some enhancements to the software program, nevertheless it’s nonetheless cumbersome and unintuitive for novices. And you could encounter some bugs. Keep that in thoughts.


The NZXT X73 and Z63 that I’m utilizing are unbelievable. If you’re proud of the cooling in your PC now, or you probably have one thing just like the X62, you don’t have to improve. This isn’t some type of next-gen leap.

But if you’d like an AIO so you might have extra room to tinker in your rig or since you suppose they give the impression of being higher, NZXT Kraken X3 and Z3 are nonetheless the very best. And certain, the Z63 is $100 greater than an X63. But if you happen to suppose you want that LCD display screen, you gained’t remorse getting it.

NZXT’s Kraken X3 and Z3 coolers can be found now. NZXT despatched GamesBeat pattern items off the X73 and Z63 for the aim of this assessment.