NZXT Kraken X53 vs Corsair H100i

PC builds have come a long way; people have tried many things to spice up their game, from beefy monitors to out-of-this-world cooling solutions. One of the hottest additions in this hobby is liquid CPU coolers which are a must-have these days if you’re aiming for a high-end CPU and GPU combo. Stock air coolers might still be a thing, but they’re not recommended anymore as the cooling they provide is lacking and aren’t reliable.

In today’s comparison, we look at two premier liquid cooling solutions from renowned brands, NZXT and Corsair. We’re pitting NZXT Kraken X53 and Corsair H100i against each other to see the best-valued product in terms of their performance, features, and overall effectiveness as a liquid cooler.

If you’re still not in the hype train of liquid cooling products, then you’re not doing it right. If you’re new to this or you’re considering modifying your build, this article might be of help.

 

Main Differences

The NZXT Kraken X53 and the Corsair H100i are almost identical in terms of cooling performance, dimensions and compatibility. The biggest difference is probably that the X53 consumes less power. Also, the X53 is a bit more expensive than Corsair’s H100i.

 

Comparison – NZXT Kraken X53 vs Corsair H100i

NZXT Kraken X53

Corsair H100i

Radiator Size

240 mm / 9.45"

240 mm / 9.45"

Fans

2

2

Fan Size

120 mm / 4.72"

120 mm / 4.72"

Fan Thickness

26 mm / 1.02"

25 mm / 0.98"

Fan Speed

500 to 2,000 rpm

up to 2,435 rpm

Maximum Airflow

73.11 CFM

70.69 CFM

Fan LED

Pump LED

RGB

RGB

Noise Level

21 to 36 dBA

up to 37.68 dBA

Control Method

4-Pin PWM 

(Pulse Width Modulation)

3-Pin PWM 

(Pulse Width Modulation)

Intel LGA 115X

Intel LGA 1200

Intel LGA 1366

Intel LGA 2011-3

Intel LGA 2066

AMD AM4

bracket not included

AMD sTRX4

Threadripper bracket not included

Threadripper bracket not included

AMD TR4

Threadripper bracket not included

Threadripper bracket not included

Warranty

6 years

5 years

NZXT Kraken X53

Corsair H100i

Radiator Size

240 mm / 9.45"

Radiator Size

240 mm / 9.45"

Fans

2

Fans

2

Fan Size

120 mm / 4.72"

Fan Size

120 mm / 4.72"

Fan Thickness

26 mm / 1.02"

Fan Thickness

25 mm / 0.98"

Fan Speed

500 to 2,000 rpm

Fan Speed

up to 2,435 rpm

Maximum Airflow

73.11 CFM

Maximum Airflow

70.69 CFM

Fan LED

Fan LED

Pump LED

RGB

Pump LED

RGB

Noise Level

21 to 36 dBA

Noise Level

up to 37.68 dBA

Control Method

4-Pin PWM 

(Pulse Width Modulation)

Control Method

3-Pin PWM 

(Pulse Width Modulation)

Intel LGA 115X

Intel LGA 115X

Intel LGA 1200

Intel LGA 1200

Intel LGA 1366

Intel LGA 1366

Intel LGA 2011-3

Intel LGA 2011-3

Intel LGA 2066

Intel LGA 2066

AMD AM4

AMD AM4

bracket not included

AMD sTRX4

Threadripper bracket not included

AMD sTRX4

Threadripper bracket not included

AMD TR4

Threadripper bracket not included

AMD TR4

Threadripper bracket not included

Warranty

6 years

Warranty

5 years

 

Installation and Compatibility

Before buying any of these products, it is thoroughly suggested that you know your PC’s dimensions first so that you will not resort to returning the product you purchased because it’s incompatible. Both products are sculpted with some instances and CPU sockets in mind, and in this section, we will try to give you all that information.

 

CPU Compatibility

For the NZXT Kraken X53, it’s easy to know what CPUs are capable of this product conveniently stated on their website.

  • Intel LGA: 1200, 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066
  • Intel Series: i9, i7, i5, i3, Pentium, Celeron
  • AMD Socket: AM4, sTRX4, TR4
  • AMD Series: Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 3, Threadripper

It is essential to note that this product doesn’t include any threadripper bracket, so keep that in mind if you have that particular CPU.

The Corsair H100i also has the same information available on their website.

  • Intel Socket: LGA 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011, 2066
  • AMD Socket: AM3, AM2

 

Case Compatibility

The NZXT Kraken X53 isn’t entirely made for a specific size. Instead, it’s catered towards newer PC case models, specifically those manufactured by NZXT. The Corsair H100i, on the other hand, is a more comfortable pickup for PC users that has a case that supports a 240mm radiator that is top-mounted.

 

Installation

Most computer products are sold with manuals and installation guides in them. You can expect to get one of these on any of the products that we feature. The NZXT Kraken X53 specifically has several “installation” accessories included that will aid the buyer with the setup.

The Corsair H100i comes with a quick start guide that will have enough details to help even beginners in the industry. Make sure that you stick with these guides, as they will be the sole reason for a successful mounting of your liquid cooling. In case you’re having troubles with compatibility or simply facing a struggle with installing and mounting, their websites are always available for resources or even customer support.

 

Cooling Power

CPUs generate a lot of heat by simply just functioning. Older models generally produce lower heat, but as CPU manufacturers increase the CPU power of their releases, more cooling solution is needed. Liquid CPU coolers should have a lot of cooling capacity to avoid any chances of overheating and system failure.

NZXT Kraken X53 and Corsair H100i have the same number of fans and are also almost the same when it comes to their dimensions. Knowing that they have an equal number of fans, it will be harder to determine who wins in terms of performance. We need to get more details to have a fair and accurate conclusion.

 

Number of Fans

NZXT Kraken X53 and Corsair H100i both have two fans installed into them.

 

Fan Size

Both products have an identical fan size of 120mm.

 

Fan Speed

NZXT Kraken X53 has a fan speed that can reach 500 up to 2,000 RPM. The Corsair H100i, on the other hand, features a faster fan speed of up to 2700 RPM.

 

Radiator Size

The NZXT Kraken X53’s radiator size is 275mm, while Corsair H100i features a radiator that measures 240mm.

 

Pump Power

NZXT Kraken X53 has a motor speed of 800 – 2,800 ± 300RPM and a power of 800 – 2,800 ± 300RPM. There’s no available data for Corsair H100i’s pump, but since they’re almost similar to one another, it’s safe to say that its pump speed and power are comparable to the NZXT Kraken X53.

Look

One can argue that the RGB phase may already expire, but we can quickly look at recent emerging products that the RGB lighting is still at its peak. A lot of gamers and enthusiasts favor this variation rather than minimalism. Thus, it is a significant factor for us to look at when it comes to looks.

 

LED Fans or no LED Fans

Both products have LED capabilities that make them perfect for dark rooms as their illumination can provide ambient silent light.

 

Color (Differences)

NZXT Kraken X53 and Corsair H100i sport the same matte black color and are the only available variant for both models. There are no apparent differences in colors aside from the pump head.

 

Pump Head Display

Compared to newer releases, no LCD functionality displays the temperature on both models.

 

Pump Head LED

NZXT Kraken X53 and Corsair H100i have the same standard pump head displays, featuring their manufacturer’s logo and RGB LED lighting.

 

RGB Sync

Modifying these products’ lighting and appearance can only be done using their respective applications. For the NZXT Kraken X53, you need to download the NZXT Cam, and the Corsair H100i requires the Corsair Link.

 

Noise Level

Both products boast an impressive noise level that is essential for sensitive people when it comes to loud humming and persistent sounds. The NZXT Kraken X53 has a noise level of 21 – 36 dBA, while the Corsair H100i can reach up to 37.68 dBA.

 

Power Consumption

 NZXT Kraken X53’s power consumption is rated at 3.84W, while the Corsair H100i has 6.52W. In this case, you would like to get NZXT Kraken X53 if you’re looking to get a lower electricity bill. It’s also much closer to the average power consumption of liquid coolers in the market.

Price

These products already have similar looks, but they also share the same price range. The NZXT Kraken X53 is priced at $134.99, while the Corsair H100i is valued at $89.99 because it’s on sale. In the case of the latter product, it is maybe on sale, or it is a markdown condition. In any case, you could get the Corsair H100i for a meager price on their official website, but its pricing could quickly go up to $100 – $120, so we can safely say that both are valued in the same price range.

 

Conclusion – NZXT Kraken X53 vs Corsair H100i

When it comes to performance, features, and manufacturer reputation, the NZXT Kraken X53 is the sure winner in this face-off.

Both have similar fan size and radiator dimensions. They’re also almost identical in the pump head department, using RGB lighting and custom modification through their dedicated applications.

The NZXT Kraken X53, however, is our pick because of its low power consumption, which is almost half of the Corsair H100i. It might be more expensive, but this investment is the best option in the long run. Not to mention that it is also compatible with different types of PC cases, almost as if it’s a one size fits all product.

Matt

Senior Editor at TechVert.com. Passionate about tech & gaming. Gamer since 2003.

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