NZXT has officially unveiled its Kraken G10 bracket, designed to allow the connection of a variety of all-in-one sealed-loop liquid cooling rigs to most common graphics cards
With the graphics processor accounting for most of the power draw and heat output of a modern gaming rig, it seems strange to splash out on a quiet sealed-loop CPU cooler only to have the air-cooled GPU spinning up like a jet turbine every time a game is launched. Not everyone fancies the thought of a fully custom multi-device cooling loop, however, and it's that market segment - willing to spend the cash on water-cooling as long as it doesn't come with too much risk or complexity - NZXT has aimed the Kraken G10.
At its heart, the device is pretty simple: a bracket replaces the stock cooler, featuring a 92mm fan to air-cool the voltage regulator modules (VRM) portion of the card while a circular cut-out hovers over the GPU itself. It's this cut-out that provides the compatibility: simply poke one of a range of sealed-loop all-in-one coolers through the hole provided and it will make contact with the chip, turning a stock CPU cooler into a GPU cooler with no modification.
Available in white, black and red finishes, the bracket is claimed to be compatible with a wide range of graphics cards from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 right up to the GTX 780 and Titan and AMD's Radeon HD 5830 to the R9 290X - where it could see considerable interest from those curious as to how well the card can perform when separated from the somewhat inadequate stock cooler. Compatible sealed-loop water-coolers include NZXT's own Kraken X60 and Kraken X40 as well as the Corsair H50, H55, H90, H110, Antec Kuhler H20 series, Thermaltake Water 2.0 and Water 3.0 families, and Zalman's LQ-320, LQ-315 and LQ-310 coolers.
NZXT claims some impressive results from using the bracket: swapping the stock cooler on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 for the G10 bracket and Kraken X40 sealed-loop setup resulted in a drop in peak temperature from 80°C to just 45°C and in minimum temperature from 42°C to 27°C. Naturally, there's also a drop in noise levels - although NZXT hasn't provided figures there.
The company has launched the bracket, complete with bundled fan, in the US at $29.99 (around £18.43 excluding taxes) but has yet to detail UK pricing and availability. More information is available on the official website