New Liquid CPU Cooler Plays Animated GIFs, Because Why Not

New Liquid CPU Cooler Plays Animated GIFs, Because Why Not

PC hardware maker NZXT has just announced the latest additions to its line of liquid CPU coolers, the Kraken X-3 and Z-3. The X-3 has a bright LED ring and rotates so the logo can be repositioned. The Z-3 comes with a 2.36-inch, 24-bit colour LCD screen capable of displaying images, computer data, or animated GIFs, because maybe that is a thing people want.

The animated GIF of the CPU cooler displaying animated GIFs atop this post? With the Kraken Z-3 installed on my PC, I could display that GIF of a CPU cooler displaying GIFs as a GIF on my CPU cooler. I could put some anime there. Or maybe some looping pornography. Then I would turn my computer to the side with the glass window facing away from me and never see it again. I need a better way to display the glowing and flashing things inside of my PC. Maybe a mirror or something.

I’ve found NZXT liquid cooling quite reliable in the past. The idea of that reliability combined with this frivolity tickles me to no end. Look, they’ve even made a little trailer showing it off.

The Kraken X-3 and Z-3 are available for purchase in the U.S. starting today. The X-3 is available in 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm sizes for $US130 ($192), $US150 ($222), and $US180 ($266). The Z03, AKA the one with the GIFs, costs $US250 ($370) for the 280mm and $US280 ($414) for the 360mm size. That means the ability to have an animated GIF on your CPU cooler costs $US100 ($148).


Worth it.

Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for news of Australian pricing!


  • I am legitimately a fan of having the CPU temp displayed on the liquid cooler, though. Especially after this weekend, where I moved my PC onto my new desk so the inside is a lot more visible than it used to be.

    I even set up the Gigabyte logo on my 1080Ti to change colour based on GPU temperature, which is neat.

  • Got a new case turning up soon, if I can fit another 240mm rad in it, and if $192aud is a real price, then maybe it will be worth getting one for the CPU. However my GPU DIY 240mm rad has priority.
    (the PC is really struggling this summer, tried multiple setups so far, this will be the last and final attempt)

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