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[GUIDE] How to use NZXT Kracken AIO Water Coolers on macOS

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It so happened that I got the NZXT Kracken X52 water cooling system. It works well on Windows 10 and other Windows operating systems, but it is not possible to manage it on macOS. There is a way to control via the command line using libusb, but it is complicated and inconvenient.

I managed to learn how to control my water cooling through macOS Catalina. This will also work on any older versions of Apple operating systems.

To control NZXT AIO Water Coolers, any model is suitable, on Hackintosh you need to use a virtual machine on Windows 10. I use Paralles Desktop, but others, including VMware Fusio, are also suitable.

After starting Windows 10, you need to redefine the NZXT Kracken USB connection from Mac to the virtual machine in the program settings so that it sees the water cooling system. If you do not complete this step, nothing will work.

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Then you need to install the NZXT Cam 3.7.8 application, which you can download a little lower. Newer versions of the program (4.0 and newer) will not work - the Windows 10 operating system will generate an error and reboot. All AIO settings functions fully work. You can control the speed of the pump and fans, as well as adjust the backlight.

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Settings in the NZXT Kracken X52 are stored in the cooling itself until the power is completely turned off, so you do not have to turn on the virtual machine every time. It is very comfortable.

PS. Forgive me for my English, I do not know this language very well
 

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Thanks, it works!
 
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