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Keeping the most important part of your computer system cool has been something gamers and enthusiasts have struggled with for years. The battle between discreet liquid cooling systems and air cooled alternatives has raged with the primary debates being efficiency and safety, this is a delicate balance that needs to be maintained because liquids and electrical components do not mix very well. Air coolers are not overly known for their efficiency and are generally regarded less effective when compared to a liquid cooling system. Antec has paired up with Asetek to produce the Kuhler H2O 620 which relatively low priced cooler aimed at primarily enthusiasts who are looking to either overclock their system or just lower the noise output. I will be testing the Antec Kuhler 620 by installing it as per the included instructions. I will monitor temperatures using core temp version .99.8 which has proven to be reliable in temperature readings on this processor which will be the AMD Phenom x4 970 black edition which runs fairly hot on its stock 3.5GHz. I will also test how it stacks up against the ECO ALC cooler from CoolIT, a product we have reviewed in the past and which shares a lot of similarities with the Kuhler 620.
If it weren’t for the branding on the Kühler H20 620’s fan and water block, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a Corsair product. Its mounting bracket is the exact same one used in Corsair’s Hydro H50 and H70 coolers, while its radiator looks like the H50’s and the pump unit looks like the H70’s. Is this a case of industrial espionage? The answer is less sordid, but still full of intrigue. The reason that the Antec Kühler H2O 620 looks like Corsair’s last two coolers is that, well, that’s basically what it is. Antec has tapped Asetek, the OEM behind the Corsair H50 and H70, for its Kühler series, which feature’s Asetek’s newest pump unit and radiator. While the new pump unit and radiator might look familiar, the Kühler 620 sports some features that are distinct from its Corsair-branded predecessors. First, its liquid-bearing tubes are smooth and rubbery rather than corrugated and plastic-feeling, and they feel more flexible. Second, the little plastic adapters that let you swap the mounting bracket between LGA 775, 1155/1156, and 1366 are green and blue instead of black. Finally, the radiator fan plugs into a lead on the pump unit, and the pump unit plugs into the CPU_FAN header. Previous coolers had both the fan and pump plug into the mother-board, which can lead to confusion.
Getting rid of the heat generated by your CPU is one of the things we as enthusiasts constantly struggle with while we attempt to keep the CPU alive when looking for those last few MHz. Air cooling has come a long way in the past few years with solutions that vary from mild to wild. Liquid cooling, or "Water" cooling as it is known, has gathered an immense following over the past few years as parts and "kits" become available to allow the novice entry into the world of liquid cooling. First off, most people wonder out loud and question your sanity when told that you have a "water" cooling system in a computer that was just purchased for a few grand - knowing that water and electricity don't mix!. Water and electricity definitely do not play nicely together when the inevitable happens but the benefits offer a tremendous upside. That being said, there has been a proliferation of self-contained liquid cooling systems introduced over the past two years that have steadily improved in cooling performance so that they rival even some of the best air coolers out on the market. Products from CooliT and Corsair have opened the market on these efficient (and when compared to a full bore liquid cooling system) inexpensive options.
There are so many coolers out there, but they are all different types. They range from tower coolers to low profile to water cooling. Over the past few years we have seen a lot of different coolers and designs, but the ones that have been used most frequently are the AIO (all-in-one) water coolers, where everything is included into a closed loop while giving you the benefits of water cooling along with being affordable and easy to setup. Today we will be taking a look at the Antec Kuhler H2O 62O, which is a closed loop water cooling system which is produced by Asetek which is also the maker of the Corsair AIO water cooling systems. Let's take a look... Special thanks to Antec for providing us with the Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler to review. Well the Antec Kuhler 620 comes in a box about the size of a older power supply box. It is shrink wrapped also to protect it from the elements since again it is a AIO water cooling system. On the front of the box they have a detailed picture of the unit all together. Now on the back of the box it goes into more detail about the water block /pump and the tubing and the copper base plate for the cooler. Here is also a shot of the contents of the box will still all packed together.
Liquid cooling for the computer is nothing new. In fact, some of the earliest computers used liquid cooling solutions. Liquid cooling has enjoyed a significant rise in popularity during the past few years, and many manufacturers have developed products to supply the needs of this segment of the PC aftermarket. Traditionally, the would-be watercooler would have to scrounge and/or make the various components for a system. It wasn't long, however, before companies began to supply high quality and high performance components like waterblocks, radiators, and pumps that made the whole process much easier. To make liquid cooling even more accessible to the mainstream PC enthusiast, complete kits began to appear, allowing the consumer to purchase all the bits necessary to "get wet" in a single purchase, eliminating the need to spend a lot of time researching the subject and assuring that all the components will work together. But, you still needed to install all this stuff and plumb it together into a cooling system. Not all that long ago, several companies started marketing "turnkey" liquid cooling systems that were self-contained units.
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