Is the NZXT Kraken Compatible with AMD Threadripper?

AMD recently announced what they are calling “the most advanced consumer processor ever made.” And if you’re one of the many hardware enthusiasts waiting to get your hands on a new Threadripper CPU, you’re probably wondering how your PC is going to cool that massive chipset. After all, it’s not every day you see a 16 core processor with 32 threads, 64 PCIe lanes, and up to 40MB of combined cache!

Needless to say, AMD Threadripper processors are going to need to stay cool.

Is the NZXT Kraken Compatible with AMD Threadripper?

The simple answer to this question is yes. However, AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors require a robust cooling solution to support the 180W TDP generated by the CPU. For this reason, both AMD and NZXT only recommend you use certain Kraken Series liquid coolers if you’re using a Threadripper CPU.

The following Kraken Series liquid coolers have been approved by AMD for use on Ryzen Threadripper processors:

Kraken X52

Kraken X62

Kraken X61

Do you need to order a new Kraken mounting bracket for AMD Threadripper?

When AMD changed the CPU socket for AM4 Ryzen processors last year, it was up to hardware manufacturers like NZXT to distribute new mounting brackets to people who requested them along with adding these new brackets to product packaging. However, this process is a lot smoother this time around because AMD is providing the required SocketTR4 mounting bracket with every Threadripper CPU. This means you won’t have to request a special bracket from NZXT and the recommended Krakens listed above will work right out of the box.

How will the Threadripper CPU stay cool if the Kraken doesn’t completely cover it?

Trust me, I had to ask myself this question every time I saw a leaked image of Threadripper or an unboxing video on YouTube. Thankfully, our good friends at GamersNexus wrote an excellent article about how that is possible. They also made a YouTube video about it!

How will you cool your Threadripper CPU?

Will you be installing a Threadripper CPU inside your PC? Will you be using a Kraken to keep your Threadripper CPU cool? Let us know in the comments below!