NZXT Kraken G12 GPU Mounting Kit

NZXT Kraken G12 - Overview

The NZXT Kraken G12 mounting kit is an easy way to water-cool any a large variety of graphics cards. More so, you do not even need to build a custom water cooling loupe and, instead, can use an All-In-One cooler to do so.
Rating
3.6/5
Price
$29.99 USD
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NZXT Kraken G12 - Specifications

  • Enhance your GPU cooling: With a 40 % increase in cooling capacity compared to stock cooling, you’ll maximize your gpu clock speeds for higher performance and better frame rates
  • Comprehensive compatibility: Supports both reference and nonreference design amd and nvidia gpus, for more than 30 liquid coolers, including aftermarket vrm heatsinks
  • Active cooling for vrm: Comes with a 92 millimeter fan, providing active cooling for the vrm and memory on the graphics card
  • Easy installation: Designed for a fast and easy installation, you can now lay the graphic card flat as you install the kraken g12

What's in the box?

  • Mounting Bracket
  • NVIDIA and AMD mounting brackets
  • 90mm NZXT fan
  • zip zies

NZXT Kraken G12 - PROS

  • Enhance GPU Cooling
  • comprehensive compatibility
  • active vrm cooling

NZXT Kraken G12 - CONS

  • Very simplel design
  • no direct contact with vrm or other components of the GPU board
  • no airflow management

Detailed Review

The NZXT Kraken G12 mounting kit is an easy way to water-cool any a large variety of graphics cards. More so, you do not even need to build a custom water cooling loupe and, instead, can use an All-In-One cooler to do so.

So, if you are like me, and have an unused AIO laying around, then this might be the solution for you!

I found this product, looking for an option to repair my blower-style GTX 1080ti for its faulty fan sensor.
The card was constantly boosting the fans to max levels because there was no RPM signal showing in hardware monitoring.
After some testing, it really was the controller that defected.
And so, I had to look for a cooling option that could keep up with a high-performance card, which also did not require me to use the GPU fan header.

Ultimately, I had to decide whether to throw out my CPU cooling solution and build a custom water-cooling system, buy a water-cooler for a non-standard PCB layout of an older gen graphics card, or to use the NZXT Bracket and use another AIO cooler.

As I had a Thermaltake Water 3.0 Laying around, this was then the deciding factor.

Installing The NZXT Kraken G12 and an AIO

Installation is straight forward. The plate makes it possible to work with a bunch of AIO coolers and serves to lock in with the very commonly used water pump/cooling block combos.

NZXT gives you mounting options for NVIDIA and AMD style cards. Choose the brackets depending on the card you are working with.

Then, the provided 90m fan is mounted on one side, and the water pump gets locket into the bracket. Next, mount the cooler onto the card after applying some new thermal paste onto the dye. The cooler is then held in place with four spring-loaded screws.

All that is left to do now is to mount the card in your system, decide for a place for the radiator to go to, and mounting an additional fan on the radiator.

And voilá, I had a functioning card again.

Compatibility - Graphics cards

Nvidia

Titan X, Titan, Geforce GTX 1080 Ti, 1080, 1070, 1060, 980 Ti, 980, 970, 960, 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, 680, 670, 660Ti, 660, 580, 570

AMD

RX 480, 470, R9 390X*, 390*, 380X*, 380, 290X*, 290*, 285*, 280X*, 280*, 270X, 270, R7 370, HD7970*, 7950*, 7870, 7850, 6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6790, 6770, 5870, 5850, 5830

* Some variations in AMD die height may require the use of a copper shim which is not included.

Compatibility - AIO Liquid Coolers

NZXT

Kraken X72, X62, X52, X42, X61, X41, X31, X60, X40

Corsair

H105, H110, H90, H75, H55, H50 (CW-906006-WW only)

Thermaltake

Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360, 280, 240, Red 280, 140, Water 3.0 Ultimate, Extreme S, Extreme, Pro, Performer Water 2.0 Extreme, Pro, Performer

Antec

KUHLER H2O 920V4, 620V4, 920, 620

Zalman

LQ-320, LQ-315, LQ-310

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Daniel
Daniel
I have a background as a touring musician, and in the tech industry, working in tech support for internationally operating brands. When I was a child, I started opening up every device I could get my hands on. Later, this lead to me building my own computers out of other people's trash computers. Today, I still like tech and gear, talking about it, and sharing my knowledge.

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