- by David_W @Sep 27, 2012
The Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 provides maximum-performance liquid cooling for your CPU in a quick, easy-to-install package. Unlike traditional liquid cooling systems, this self-contained unit comes prefilled and requires zero maintenance. The dual 120 mm Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fans and 3rd generation copper coldplate ensure quiet, efficient cooling, while the 49 mm thick radiator is equipped to handle the highest performing CPUs on the market. Lastly, the included software helps you monitor and control the KÜHLER H2O 920's performance and allows you to customize its stylish RGB LED. Designed to unlock the maximum potential of your CPU, the Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 delivers exceptional cooling when you need it the most.
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Antec did not jump right in the market at the first opportunity but rather took the time and learned from the mistakes some early adopters have made and in addition improved upon it. The Antec KÜHLER H2O 920 is feature rich and leaves little to be missed.
The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 is not only the new leader in all-in-one water cooling, but they did it with fashion and stepped in and offered a kick-ass product that is fully customizable for every environment of user.
Socket compatibility is excellent and the mounting solutions are easily installed and robust. The relatively flexible rubber tubing and swivel fittings contributed greatly to the ease of installation. As one would expect from Antec and Asetek, fit and finish, as well as quality, is excellent.
The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 is a solid performing water cooler that out does all the coolers we have tested so far at 4GHz, but can get noisy doing so. Even in it's silent mode it performs with minimal noise. It also has a 3 year warranty, the most of all the currently available water kits.
The KUHLER H2O 920 offers exceptional performance in an easy to install package. With the extra features of the KUHLER H2O 920 and the competitive price we feel the 920 offers a better value for people looking for water cooling. Kudos to Antec for getting the price of the KUHLER H2O 920 to a compet
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This is an excellent cooler. The noise that all of you are having is air stuck in the pump. Once you have an air lock it will not go away by it own. Here is what I did power up the unit before you install it hold the CPU cooler lower than the radiator and make sure that you radiator hose are facing down not up . Next shake the CPU unit while it on you will hear the air pass the tubes and it will be instantly quiet. Also when mounting it to your case make sure that your radiator is higher than your pump. Once the air is out its super quiet. Fans are only loud when in max setting. I play borderland 2 and bfbc2 and they are only turning at 700 to 800 rpm keeping my temp to 32 deg c. very quiet
I had to send my H2O 920 back to Antec twice. With my first unit, the hose started to leak about 4 months after purchase. They told me it was a defective hose with a weak spot. The second (replacement) unit had a significant amount of pump noise that started after about 3 months, and got continually worse. This time, it was a defective pump unit. They told me it was still under warranty, and they would replace it. While I love the fact that they stood behind their product, Antec does not have a supplier in Canada that will offer a replacement prior to them 'checking' your unit (advanced rma they called it). So, I was forced to ship it to Ontario, wait for it to be checked and confirm it was a malfunction, and they sent out a replacement. The turn-around was about 2 months total. Meanwhile, I was forced to go through replacing the cooler with the stock intel unit twice, and back to the 920 when it got shipped back to me, which is a bit of a pain. After the second broken unit, I gave the replacement unit to a friend for free and upgraded to a Swiftech H220.
I ended up removing the unit. I fired it up with a spare psu and tried as Antec suggested, shaking it to remove air from the pump. I then reinstalled it using Arctic Silver 5 with the pump hoses at the top and the rad hoses at the bottom to keep air out of the system. It did reduce the noise, not completely but to a point that I can tolerate.
This review was modfied by poster @ 07-11-13 06:46 PM
Firstly, let me preface this by saying that Antec is a great company. This, however, is a bad cooler.
The issue with the bad pump noise is sometimes due to a "bad batch", but do a basic Google search and you'll see that the product was designed with air bubbles (though necessary) that are expected to cause this problem at times. I'm disappointed that a company like Antec would push out a product without having tested it more thoroughly and worked out the kinks.
I installed this on my AMD FX-8350 CPU, and running loaded with two monitors, FarCry 3 on ultra, along with multiple applications on the second monitor, it still runs at 42 degrees. The software that comes with it is very helpful, and allows you to change the color of the CPU heat sink LED. It's very quiet and looks great inside the case. It never took up too much room, mind you I'm using a full tower case. Be cautious if buying for a mid-tower case, it could cause problems.
overall, well worth the price, especially when on sale for $70. super easy watercooling for those who want a bit better than air and not wanting to get into a custom solution for whatever reason. I've had good support and service from both NCIX and Antec, thanks guys!
My first purchase of water cooling and I'm really disappointed in the efficiency of it. Very quiet, aesthetical, and compact. Fit in a case Mid-Tower-35 Antec Darkfleet. I totaly Recommended.
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