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Old 06-21-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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"Today we are testing the Antec Kühler H2O 920 CPU liquid cooling system, which is a sealed system with two 120 mm fans and USB control. Check it out!The H2O 920 seems to be very similar to the Corsair..."

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:14 AM   #2
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When I first read about this cooler I thought it seemed near perfect.
Then I found out that there are two could-be imperfections:

1. The control software is quite limited.
The LED colour can be freely adjusted, including black, which is great.
The fan setting options are more limited, with Performance (full speed all the time), Quiet (too low for overclocking), and Custom.
In Custom you can only set two liquid temperatures, one upper where the fan will run at full speed and one lower where the fan will run at a minimum speed. The upper temp can't be higher than 50C, and the lower temp must be at least 10C below the upper temp. You can't define the max and min fan speeds.

2. The cooling fins are very dense.
This can be seen as good or bad depending on preference. It's good for maximum cooling potential, but it's bad for quiet operation, as it requires strong (and thus loud) fans to work well.
Half as many fins, possibly thinner, would result in somewhat lessened maximum cooling with much less noise.

To me it's the limitations in custom settings that's the major turn-off.

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Old 06-22-2011, 05:26 AM   #3
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Olle P,
1 - We found the custom temperature control very simple and working fine. We set the minimum temperature to 30 degrees Celsius and the maximum to 40 degrees Celsius (default is 50) and the cooler electronics interpolates the fan speed according to the actual temperature of the liquid. It may not please everybody, but we liked it a lot.

2 - It shown a GREAT performance, probably due to the radiator geometry. Loudness is the price for such performance.

After all, it's a matter of taste...
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