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EKWB Phoenix 140mm vs Kraken X42

atomicus
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The EKWB Phoenix 140mm and Kraken X42 (also 140mm of course) are available for virtually the same price right now where I am (in UK, £115 vs 110), so I'm curious which would offer superior performance, or if they're likely to be the same? Can't really find any standalone reviews of the Phoenix 140mm on a Ryzen 2700X, which is what I'm looking to use it on. The Phoenix obvioulsy has the opportunity to be expanded/supplemented, although I don't get the sense the Phoenix range has gone down too well (probably due to its relatively high price). I haven't read of many reliability issues though, unlike its predecessor. The Kraken seems to get universal praise, but obviously lacks that expansion possibility. Don't know if I even would utilise that option, but at least it's there. 

 

I am limited in cooler height clearance, so air isn't really an option unless I compromise on performance.

System: Ryzen 7 5800X - Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master - Noctua D15S Chromax - 32GB 3600 RAM - EVGA Black 2080Ti

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3 hours ago, atomicus said:

Don't know if I even would utilise that option, but at least it's there.

The Phoenix could be easier to install as well. You wouldn't have to uninstall the cpu block should you want to relocate the radiator, or change the fans on it, etc.

Though it has the pump on the rad, so you need more space under or above the fan slot. Even though they are both 140mm, the kraken can fit to a more confined fan slot. (Judging by the pictures)

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