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Can the NZXT Kraken x42 Cool the i7-7700k under load?

I need to know if the Kraken x42 can cool the i7-7700k. I can possibly get the x62

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Yes it can, but the real question is... why get that when you can get much better coolers for the same amount or cheaper?

 

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sure it can lol

That AIO can cool down any CPU on the market.

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4 minutes ago, Simon771 said:

sure it can lol

That AIO can cool down any CPU on the market.

What? No, it can't, at least not within a reasonable temperature. Try sticking it on a 7900x and tell me how it goes. lol even an h110i can't handle it.

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59 minutes ago, GlowingTurtle54 said:

I need to know if the Kraken x42 can cool the i7-7700k. I can possibly get the x62

 

That depends on how much overclocking you're doing.

 

If you're running stock, the X42 should do a fine job of keeping it in acceptable ranges under load, but if you plan to overclock and have the option to use a larger radiator,  you should. Boosting the voltage to push the OC as high as it will go is going to cause more heat, which means a larger radiator (like the X62) would do a better job.

 

Personally, I recommend the Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 if you have clearance for it. The X62 is a thick 280 radiator, but it's thinner than the Liquid Freezer 240 so the actual surface area difference isn't that great (the liquid freezer 240 coming in around 8-9% less surface area). However, the Liquid Freezer 240 is 46% cheaper than the X62. Unless you're willing to pay the premium, the 240 is a much better buy.

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