GKraken Makes It Incredibly Easy To Manage NZXT Water Cooling Setups On Linux
Sent out as part of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X / 3970X review kit was an NZXT Kraken X62. It works well and obviously just needs power to function, but after all the Threadripper 3 launch material was out of the way, I recalled writing last year about GKraken as one of the few tools for managing water cooling setups on Linux and specifically focused on the Kraken X series.
I tried it out for curiosity sake and was quickly impressed. GKraken has old versions available through Python's pip while these days it's primarily distributed via Flatpak on Flathub, making it very easy to obtain in a cross-distribution manner.
Launching the GKraken Flatpak'ed copy, I was immediately presented with the fan RPM and pump details on the liquid temperature and pump RPM. Besides being able to monitor this data, GKraken does allow adjusting the fan and pump profiles for silence, performance, or a fixed rate.
I have been running the NZXT Kraken X62 to cool the Threadripper 3970X, which has been working out well albeit a tight fight within a 4U chassis.
While the NZXT Kraken series pumps have a nice display, unfortunately GKraken still doesn't allow controlling the lighting/display of these AIO water cooling setups but it's simply "coming soon."
So at least for those not wanting to adjust the "bling" of the NZXT Kraken water cooling setups, GKraken is quite useful if wanting to monitor the fan/pump performance and adjusting their profiles independently -- which without GKraken would not be possible for Linux users.
Those wanting to dig deeper into this program can find GKraken on Gitlab. The NZXT Kraken X62 retails for $130~140 USD but this program also supports the slightly lower-cost X42 and X52 pumps plus the flagship X72.