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NZXT Kraken G10 Introduction:
After my review of the Kraken X31, I was curious about the G10. The Kraken G10 is NZXT's answer to cooling your GPU, but the G10 is not a cooler by itself. It is simply a bracket (with a fan) that allows you to mount any Asetek-style CPU cooler to a wide variety of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards. If you are into gaming, protein folding, or anything that puts a high load on your GPU, then you may be interested in what the G10 can do.
The G10 has been out for several months now, and has gotten many positive reviews, and I was impressed enough with the performance of the X31 that I decided to see what the combination of the X31 and G10 could do for my GPU. The G10 is readily available and comes in four colors: red, black, white, and blue. Today we have the black version.
NZXT Kraken G10 Closer Look:
The top of the box shows the G10 mounted to a graphics card along with an AIO (All-In-One) liquid cooler. But remember, you only get the mounting bracket (and fan) and you have to supply the graphics card and AIO cooler. I say that you only get the mounting bracke - that is not entirely correct - there is also some installation hardware and a 92mm fan to cool the VRM on the graphics card. The fan is more obvious in the shot at the upper right on the rear of the box. And you can see a chart showing the performance gain and a shot of an NZXT Phantom case with a white G10 installed.
Inside the box is a thin protective foam top cover and the warranty sheet. There is another foam separator to keep everything secure. The fan comes detatched from the bracket. Then you have the main mounting bracket, GPU back plate, installation hardware, and a bag with some zip ties and the instruction sheet.
The instructions are easy to follow, but make sure your GPU is supported before you tear into it. And you need to consider that the warranty on your GPU may be voided by installing the G10. The instruction sheet clearly states this consideration. If you have gotten this far, you are probably comfortable with the installation process, and you are not concerned with the GPU warranty.