NZXT releases the Kraken G12 for easy graphics card liquid cooling

Graphics cards that come liquid-cooled out of the box are great. So are custom-CNC'd full-coverage waterblocks from companies like EK. However, sometimes a gerbil decides to water-cool a card only to find no one makes a waterblock for it. NZXT's original Kraken G10 bracket allowed users to bolt an all-in-one liquid cooler designed for a CPU onto a variety of graphics cards. The company now promises that the latest Kraken G12 model is easier to install than its predecessor and offers broader compatibility with AIOs from several different vendors.

Besides the slot for a GPU cooler, the Kraken G12 comes with an integrated 92-mm fan to provide air circulation for other components like memory chips and VRMs that tend to operate at higher temperatures than even the GPU core. NZXT says this fan is compatible with aftermarket VRM heatsinks.

The official card compatibility list includes AMD graphics cards going all the way back to the Radeon HD 5870 from 2009 and the Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570 from the end of 2010. Most of the supported cards are from enthusiast-grade lineups, so look carefully at the list before buying one to strap onto that high-power Radeon 6450 or GeForce GT 710. As for the AIO coolers, 30 different models from Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake, and Zalman are mentioned by name. Given the amount of rebranding in the AIO cooler space, many other units will likely work.

NZXT says the Kraken G12 will be available before the end of April with matte black or matte white finishes for $30.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    How well does a single fan work on the heatsink-less VRMs?

    Usually, the frontplate which connects the GDDR5 modules and other board circuitry like the VRMs has to be removed to fit the waterblock, which means that the VRMs no longer have any significant surface area to take advantage of the airflow this 92mm fan provides.

      • Spunjji
      • 3 years ago

      It doesn’t – you need to put heatsinks on them yourself, and that works just fine. Means you can get ones that fit your card rather than whacking something together out of an assortment of generic, oddly-sized ones thrown in a box.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Doesn’t look like there’s room. The way this is designed, the 92mm fan is only a few mm above the bare VRMs. If you could fit heatsinks in there, they’d need to be [i<]very[/i<] low profile.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Maybe instead of going all custom water cooling I do 3 AIO for CPU and dual Vegas in white. Now how many more 140s can I fit in my case.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      Start screwing radiators together with fans. Then you only need one 140mm fan hole.

        • JosiahBradley
        • 3 years ago

        Genius!! I never thought of that. It would increase temps on one GPU but I could stack 280s!!!

    • FakeAlGore
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Most of the supported cards are from enthusiast-grade lineups, so look carefully at the list before buying one to strap onto that high-power Radeon 6450 or GeForce GT 710.[/quote<] Dammit! I had high hopes they would [i<]finally[/i<] support my overclocked 3dfx Voodoo3 3000.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    “NZXT releases the Kraken! (G12 model for easy graphics card liquid cooling)”. FTFY, and you’re very welcome!

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Remind me to not hire you as a headline writer.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        Okay, now I’m calling in the big dog–“Scott, Bruno’s being mean to me!”. You just wait ’til I tweet that to El Jefe Wasson–he’ll caldo YOUR verde, bub!

        EDIT: Changed “calo” to “caldo”

          • morphine
          • 3 years ago

          “caldo.”

          “Calo” is a callus. If you have a green callus, then you’ve been mowing your lawn barefooted, or you’re set to have your foot cut off so the gangrene doesn’t spread.

            • Neutronbeam
            • 3 years ago

            Fixed…because that’s what a responsible forum member does.

            • morphine
            • 3 years ago

            lol responsible.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Why even include all that extra nonsense? “NZXT releases the Kraken!” would draw a lot of clicks.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        You’re right; I just never know when to sto

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