NZXT Offers Free AM4 Upgrade Kits For Kraken Series Coolers

AMD’s Ryzen 7 CPUs are now available, but how will you keep these 8-core workhorses cool? The new CPU architecture comes with a brand new AM4 socket, and with it comes new CPU mount measurements, which means your existing CPU cooler won’t fit without an upgrade. AMD also exacerbated the problem by neglecting to inform motherboard manufacturers of the reference height for the backplate's screw holders. If your cooler relies on the factory backplate, you’ll likely need a new one.

Fortunately, you may not have to pay for that upgrade. If you have an AIO closed-loop water cooler from NZXT, all you have to do is ask for one, because the company is offering a free upgrade for its Kraken Series AIO coolers. The NZXT AM4 upgrade kit is compatible with the last generation Kraken X31, X41, X61, and current generation Kraken X42, X52, and X62 CPU coolers. NZXT said the AM4 kit supports AM2 and AM3 as well.

To request an upgrade it, you must submit a ticket to the company’s support team and choose “AM4 Bracket Support” as your department. NZXT requires a proof of purchase for the AM4 motherboard that you purchased. You also have to prove that you bought an NZXT Kraken cooler. Upon qualification, NZXT will ship the bracket within two business days. U.S. customers should receive the package within five business days, and Canadian customers should expect delivery within seven business days. International shipments can take as long as two weeks.

NZXT noted that the upgrade kits are free, and it won’t charge you for shipping, but you are responsible for VAT as well as import tax and duties.

You can request NZXT's upgrade kit today. The first shipments will start March 15.

 Kevin Carbotte is a contributing writer for Tom's Hardware who primarily covers VR and AR hardware. He has been writing for us for more than four years. 

  • turbotong
    OMG please stop auto-playing that video in the middle of every article. I just read the Ryzen article, and the same damn video adds +5 sec to page load time of EVERY SINGLE PAGE of the 12-ish page article. At least make it not auto-play and just load a placeholder picture - that might make it not want to buffer for 5 sec.
  • RomeoReject
    Agree TurboTong, it frustrates the hell out of me when the video closes and the page ends up shooting down a couple paragraphs.

    On topic, this is a really cool move by NZXT. I've got a Kraken x61, and might pick up a Ryzen chip if the claims about it not working on 7 turn out to be exaggerated.
  • thundervore
    And this is why users use Adblock!
  • UniversalMonkey
    Expected availability 15 March, estimated shipping time 1-2 weeks. Need to supply receipt of cooler and motherboard.. Man by that time my return and refund period of the products is already expired before i can test them. Why are u so late??? Wanted to buy Kraken but have to look elsewhere