NZXT releases its 120-mm M22 and 360-mm X72 Krakens

NZXT's Kraken line of liquid AIO coolers has gained its share of customers over the years, but the series curiously hasn't included a model with a 120-mm radiator configuration. The company is covering that gap in its catalog with the 120-mm Kraken M22 and adding an XXXL option in the form of the 360-mm Kraken X72. Both coolers have RGB LED illumination on the pump housing and offer full fan, pump, and lighting control through the manufacturer's CAM software. Both coolers' radiators are topped off with NZXT's static-pressure-optimized Aer P fans.

The manufacturer doesn't list the materials for each part of the AIO cooler independently, but it does note that both models include aluminum, copper, plastic, rubber, and nylon sleeving. The mainstream AIO liquid cooler template calls for a copper cold plate and an aluminum radiator, and we imagine that both of these coolers follow that rulebook.

The pump block incorporates RGB LEDs with ten preset effects plus audio and "smart" reactive modes. The Kraken X72's radiator measures 15.3" long, 4.7" wide, and 1.1" thick (39 cm x 12 cm x 2.7 cm), not including the three 120-mm fans. The Kraken M22's heat exchanger is shorter and thicker, measuring 6" long, 4.7" wide, and 1.2" thick (15 cm x 12 cm x 3.2 cm). Although the pump blocks look identical in the pictures, the X72 has a larger unit with a 3.2" (8 cm) diameter, while the M22's measures 2.6" (6.5 cm) around. The Aer P fans spin at 500-2000 RPM depending on input from NZXT's CAM software. 

Both coolers have wide-ranging socket support, including the ability to sit astride Intel's LGA 20xx and AMD's TR4 high-end sockets. More mainstream options like AMD's AMx and FMx sockets and Intel's LGA 115x are also supported.

NZXT's Kraken X72 starts shipping March 12 for $200 and the Kraken M22 will hit e-tailer shelves later on March 26 for $100. NZXT backs the 120-mm M22 with a three-year warranty, while the 360-mm X72's warranty has a six-year term.

Comments closed
    • mjallan123
    • 2 years ago

    “NZXT releases its 120-mm M22 and 360-mm X72 Krakens ”

    I see what you did there 🙂

    • ikjadoon
    • 2 years ago

    Sheesh. A $200 CPU cooler? The six-year warranty helps, but, like most CLC warranties, doesn’t cover any damage it does to other components when it leaks.

    >NZXT’s sole obligation and liability under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of a defective product at our option. NZXT shall not, in any event, be liable for any incidental or consequential damage, including but not limited to damages resulting from interruption of service and loss of data, business, or for liability in tort relating to this product or resulting from its use or possession.

    On a custom loop, you foot the bill if you screw up. But if NZXT screws up? People buying a $200 CPU cooler aren’t buying $99 motherboards.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    I got bit hard by the X61 pump issues that plagued the unit so I hope they changed pump types or manufacturers this time around.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    I have a Kraken x31 (120mm) in my wife’s PC (i5-6600K). It was like $60. Is RGB lighting really adding 60-70% to the retail price? Aren’t NZXT’s coolers just Asetek like everyone else but CM?

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      No, RGBLED is free. On an completely [i<]unrelated[/i<] note, the latest mass-produced Asetek design just so happens to be 67% more expensive because of the Cryptocurrency miners. Or Donald Trump. Or Mexicans. Or Brexit. Actually probably a combination of all those, plus bad weather. It's not rocket science; An impeller pump is a very cheap, low-tech product whilst an RGBLED controller, multiple LEDs, extra cabling, drivers, control software, connnectivity and ongoing software support is [i<]not[/i<].

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This