|Antec Kühler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 10 February 2011|
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Antec Kühler H2O 620 Liquid Cooler Review
Manufacturer: Antec, Inc.
Full Disclosure:The product sample used in this article has been provided by Antec.
Since Corsair popularized their version of Asetek's "LCLC" (low cost liquid cooling) system back in 2009, it seems that every time you look, another variation on the theme appears. All-in-one CPU water coolers have become popular and even mainstream, and for good reason: they're much cheaper than traditional liquid cooling systems, and offer a combination of good performance and generally low noise that makes them attractive alternatives to higher-end air coolers. The first generation of these coolers were virtually clones, with manufacturers doing little other than labeling Asetek's design, but we're starting to see some innovation in the area, and Antec's Kühler H20 620 steps into the market with its own unique take on the concept.
Since all retail CPUs are boxed with perfectly good coolers (which are pretty quiet), the main reason to buy an aftermarket cooler is its performance when your processor is overclocked. (There might be some who buy coolers based on the aesthetics of their appearance through a windowed CPU case, but we'll assume they're in the minority.) But while performance is certainly the main criterion, other factors must be taken into consideration as well, such as noise, size, and price. The ideal cooler keeps your processor at or near ambient temperature, is silent, free, and unfortunately doesn't exist. Manufacturers vary the performance, noise, size, and cost factors of their products to address different segments of the market.
Antec is best known for their line of computer cases, which have been enthusiast favorites for years. They've only recently branched out into the cooling market, and the Kühler H20 620 is their first liquid cooler.
Kühler H2O 620 Specifications