Installing NZXT Kraken G12
So I finally decided to take the plunge and get my feet wet by installing NZXT Kraken G12 with their Kraken 42 on my Gigabyte GTX 1070 Gaming edition. Actually that’s not true, I’ve already got a NZXT Kraken X52 setup on my processor which is probably a little overkill for it since I’m only running a Core i5-6600. You might say I should have swapped the two but I really didn’t feel like it.
Anyway, I thought I’d be a little nervous removing the fans/heatsink from my GTX 1070 but having worked with computers for as long as I have it turned out to be very simple. The hardest part was removing the fan header and two other tiny connectors.
As you can see in the image above I already have that removed and the Kraken G12 brackets installed. Once the bracket was installed it was very simple, after some orientation planning, connecting the Kraken X42 was a snap! Unfortunately I only took one other picture (which is below) but I’m working on some other minor case modifications so I’ll get some more pictures soon in another post.
Running Nice & Cool
I don’t play many games anymore… which you might ask “why did you want liquid cooling then?” and that’s fairly simple. Because I wanted it hah! And during the summer it can get rather warm in my room so figured it would help reduce the overall ambient temperature. I don’t really have any benchmarking apps yet so I just loaded up The Division and ran it a bit at 1080p and 4k. Below are the readings from NZXT CAM software:
The Division 1080p High Settings
The Division 4k High Settings
As I’m limited for time these were only short sessions. The Division loaded in 4k but I switched to 1080p which is why that image shows a max temperature of 124F. Once it cooled down a bit and was running at 1080p for a little while the temp came in at 108F.
So I then bumped the resolution back to 4k and ran around killing random bad guys for a few minutes. You can see the GPU load spike up to 99% and the temp went up to 122F. Before the Kraken G12 and X42 it would have been high 160’s and even low 170’s at 4k. This is quite a nice reduction in temperature!
Once I get the rest of my PC modifications finished I’ll get some more pictures posted.
Fans and Heatsink Removed from GTX 1070
NZXT Kraken G12 Mounting Bracket Installed