NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Bracket Kit Review

Meet the new NZXT Kraken G10 Liquid Cooling GPU Mounting Kit!

In the past, you had two main choices when purchasing a Graphics Card.
1) You could purchase a “Reference” Card (say by: AMD or Nvidia) which used a stock Fan/Heatsink assembly designed by the Manufacturer.

2) You could purchase one with a upgraded cooling solution designed by the Vender (ie: EVGA ACX, MSI Frozr, Gigabyte Windforce, etc.)

After that, If the stock/upgraded cooling solution wasn’t to your liking, there were a few aftermarket cooling replacements. Such as: Copper bolt-on solutions with big fans (Zalman, Thermaltake, etc.) or even liquid cooling water blocks. Unfortunatley, not every Graphics Card has aftermarket parts available. For instance, you could buy an EVGA GTX 680 Classified, but, you won’t find a liquid cooling water block for it. This got the People at NZXT to thinking.

Enter the Kraken G10!

This clever little bracket allows you to use your ever popular “All-In-One” Liquid CPU Cooler to become your All-In-One Liquid GPU Cooler. Some of you are asking, “How is that possible?”. Well, it turns out that since many components of the All-In-One (or AIO) CPU Liquid Cooling solutions are actually manufactured by the same company, the locking mechanism to mount the Pump / Waterblock is somewhat standardised. This means that the Kraken G10 can use most of your favorite AIO Liquid CPU Coolers on your Graphics Card.

The NZXT Kraken G10 claims to be a universal fit for “over 24 different reference graphics cards and more than 19 different all-in-one liquid cooling solutions”. But, this “Universal” fit comes at a price. Fitment is limited to video cards with the GPU cores in the “standard location” and “standard die (core) thickness”.

 

Specifications from the NZXT Website

 

Technical Specifications:

Model Number

  • RL-KRG10-W1 (White)
  • RL-KRG10-B1 (Black)
  • RL-KRG10-R1 (Red)

Dimensions

  • 177 (W) x 32.5 (H) x 110.6 (D) mm

Fan Bearing

  • Sleeve

Fan Connector

  • 3-Pin

Compatibility (GPU)

  • Nvidia : GTX 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760, Titan, 680, 670, 660Ti, 660, 580, 570, 560Ti, 560, 560SE
  • AMD : R9 290X, 290, 280X*, 280*, 270X, 270 HD7970*, 7950*, 7870, 7850, 6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6790, 6770, 5870, 5850, 5830

The compatibility list is based on AMD Radeon and NVIDIA’s reference board layout,

screw spacing and die height only. Please check the height restriction before purchase.

* Some variations in AMD die height may require the use of a shim.

Compatibility (AIO)

  • NZXT : Kraken X60, Kraken X40
  • Corsair : H105, H110, H90, H75, H55 , H50
  • Antec : KUHLER H2O 920V4, KUHLER H2O 620V4, KUHLER H2O 920, KUHLER H2O 620
  • Thermaltake : Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro, Water 3.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Extreme, Water 2.0 Pro, Water 2.0 Performer
  • Zalman : LQ-320, LQ-315, LQ-310

Fan Dimensions

  • 92 (W) x 92 (H) x 25 (D) mm

Fan Input Power

  • 2.16W

Fan Current

  • 0.18A

Fan Speed

  • 1500 ± 10% R.P.M.

Fan Voltage

  • 12V DC

Warranty

  • 2 Years

(Removing your stock cooler will potentially void your GPU warranty,

NZXT is not liable for any damage resultant of incorrect installation.)

MSRP is planned to be $29.95

 

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13 thoughts on “NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Bracket Kit Review

  1. It is an interesting solution but as you pointed out, you still need to have the fan blowing onto the now exposed VRMs and other ICs that heat up.  A nice bonus addition to this kit would have been little heatsinks with pre-stick thermal pads you see people add to cards when they use those universal GPU water block solutions.
     
    Nice review once again Greg! :)

  2. That’s exactly what I meant 23RO.  I think anyone that goes with the G10 would be wise to get some of these little heatsinks as well to keep all the components cooled off.

  3. Unfortunately, the R22 VRMs might be the problem. On some GPUs they’re on the other end of the card (away from the fan). Without some air blowing accross them, they may run hot.
     
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  4. Would this work on an NVidia GT 240?

    According to this product’s page the GT240 has 43mm holes. http://www.deepcool-us.com/product/dcoolingaccessory/vga/2013-12/45_612.shtml Same as HD6770, which is listed in the NZXT cooler spec sheet. However this page says 53mm holes – http://www.deepcool-us.com/product/dcoolingaccessory/vga/2013-12/45_608.shtml I assume this is due to non-reference cards (pretty common on lower end cards) I’m listing Deepcool pages here because they’re the only company I know that lists mounting holes!
     
    Chances are NZXT didn’t list the GT240, or any GT200 card, because they’re so old.. (but still good, I still run a single GTX285 ;)
     
    Best bet would be to measure your GT240 and dig out what newer model cards use the same hole spacing and go from there. No promises :P

  5. I would have guessed it was because it was an inexpensive card that may not O’C too much.
    Especially since you would have to spend $30 for the G10 and another $60+ for the Cooler.
    Why not sell the GT 240 and take the $90+ and put it toward a higher end card?
     
    Just my opinion  :^)

  6. For those of you who are following this (or are interested in the G10 Bracket):
     
    NZXT has issued a statement that they are making available longer screws and will send them out upon request. I assume they will include them in newer revisions of the Bracket.
     
    Also, I have contacted Technical Support to find out if you can run a NZXT Kraken x40 on your GPU, while running another on your CPU. (or if it will cause a USB / Kraken Control Panel conflict)
     
    I would hate to have to run two different brands of AIO Liquid Coolers in my rig  :^(

  7. For those of you who are following this (or are interested in the G10 Bracket):
     
    NZXT has issued a statement that they are making available longer screws and will send them out upon request. I assume they will include them in newer revisions of the Bracket.

    Good to hear! The kind of community support we like to see.

    Also, I have contacted Technical Support to find out if you can run a NZXT Kraken x40 on your GPU, while running another on your CPU. (or if it will cause a USB / Kraken Control Panel conflict)
     
    I would hate to have to run two different brands of AIO Liquid Coolers in my rig  :^(

    The OCD in me wouldn’t like that either lol

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