What you need to know
- NZXT releases white versions of its Kraken X3 and Z3 AIO CPU coolers.
- The new white AIOs come with white AER RGB 2 fans.
- All new white variants are available today, starting from $170.
NZXT has launched new white variants of its X-3 and Z-3 Kraken all-in-one (AIO) water-cooling solutions. Previously, the range was only available in black. With the company offering both black and white variants of its cases and motherboards, it's good to see a move to finally offer its best AIO coolers in both flavors.
The X-3 range is the more affordable option with Aer RGB 2 fans and a water block with an RGB lit logo mirror effect. The Z-3 counterparts swap out the water block for one with a small display, which can show temperature information or even animated GIFs. The rest of the specs between the two families of AIOs are identical.
- NZXT Kraken X53 (240mm): $170
- NZXT Kraken X63 (280mm): $190
- NZXT Kraken X73 (360mm): $230
- NZXT Kraken Z53 (240mm): $260
- NZXT Kraken Z63 (280mm): $280
- NZXT Kraken Z73 (360mm): $310
I positively reviewed the Kraken series of AIOs, notably the Kraken Z63 and Z73 for their excellent cooling performance, out-the-box Intel and AMD support, smart OLED display, and reliable Asetek pump. The Z-series came with non-RGB Fans, but you can now buy the Z53, Z63, or Z73 with RGB Aer 2 fans.
As well as the new white varients of existing Kraken coolers, NZXT also announced the new Kraken 120 for $90. This is a 120mm AIO, as the name suggests, and is an upgrade to the existing Kraken M22 with a new pump, larger reservoir, and RGB support. All announced AIOs, including the new Kraken 120, are available right now from NZXT direct or through participating retailers.
Best 360mm AIO
Pricey but well worth it
The NZXT Kraken Z73 is an expensive cooler. There are no two ways about that. But should you want a smart-looking AIO that can handle even overclocked 12-core processors, this is it.
Best 280mm AIO
Slightly more affordable
The NZXT Kraken Z63 has everything the larger Z73 sibling has, aside from having a slightly smaller radiator and one fewer fan, but does slash the price considerably.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.