Review: NZXT Kraken 240 RGB



Processor at 100W :

Despite a more violent 100W profile, this still represents the least stressful phase of this protocol. It allows to highlight the performance obtained with compact/entry-level heatsinks.

NZXT Krakent température 100W

So we start our temperature readings with our Ryzen 9 7900X consuming 100W. In these conditions, the small kit from NZXT manages, but does not particularly stand out, even if our processor remains under 60°C at low speed. In this respect, a Liquid Freezer II 240 or a Ryuo II 240 are much more efficient and share an equivalent 240mm size.

Processor at 150W:

Here, our CPU will run at 3.90 GHz constantly and on all its cores. We apply a VCore of 1.246V to obtain a consumption of about 150W. To simplify the reading of the graph, we may have rounded some values to the nearest integer.

NZXT Krakent température 150W

At 150W of power consumption, the Kraken 240 RGB is still struggling, coming in last place behind the Kraken Elite 360. Here, at low RPM, the temperature is well over 70°C, flirting with 80°C. Even at full throttle, it is not a panacea, as we found 68°C on our CPU.

Processor at 200W :

Finally, we finish with our 200W profile. Here the heat release is more important, let’s see how our coolings are doing!

NZXT Krakent température 200W

Unfortunately, on our Ryzen 9 7900X set to consume 200W, the NZXT 240mm kit does not manage to contain the heat. The temperature exceeds 90°C even at full speed, leading to a de facto failure.


In the end, the situation is not so good since this Kraken 240 RGB kit does not manage to properly cool a Ryzen 7000 whose consumption reaches 200W. Let’s be clear, this is a model that should be reserved for less demanding processors such as the non-X Ryzen 7000 or the 7800X3D whose TDP is 120W, it should hold it.