vacancies advertise contact news tip The Vault
Win with Seagate - Seagate FireCuda 510 SSD! [x]
facebook rss twitter

Asetek and Antec to launch all-in-one liquid cooler

by Pete Mason on 14 January 2011, 16:00

Tags: Antec, Asetek

Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qa3z5

Add to My Vault: x

We're pretty familiar with all-in-one CPU liquid coolers around these parts, having reviewed a few of Corsair's Hydro-series in the past. However, now case-builder Antec is getting into the game, with a product that looks strangely familiar.

The Antec KUHLER H2O series are self-contained liquid cooling systems that pack the pump, radiator and CPU block into one easy to install package that should be able to keep up with the best air coolers on the market. The first member of this new family will be the H2O 620, launching in late January for around $70 (£55 inc VAT) which will be followed by the high-end 920 a few months later.

The reason that these look so familiar is that they were both developed in conjunction with Asetek, who also developed Corsair's coolers. The memory-maker has since moved on, and so Antec has swooped-in to team up with the liquid-cooling experts.

Although they might look aesthetically quite similar, Antec's line-up will be made up of refined third generation products which should be both cooler and quieter than the previous designs. The 620 will get the benefit of a thermally controlled fan and a new cold plate, while the 920 is a completely new design and comes with software to manage the CPU temperature, fan speed and the colour of the LED on the CPU block.

Based on Asetek's track record, we will have quite high expectations for Antec's line-up of all-in-one liquid coolers once they arrive over the next few months. If you can't wait that long, you can get a quick look at the new coolers in our CES coverage on HEXUS.tv.



HEXUS Forums :: 11 Comments

Login with Forum Account

Don't have an account? Register today!
One question about the following statement in the article:

self-contained liquid cooling systems that pack the pump, radiator and CPU block into one easy to install package that should be able to keep up with the best air coolers on the market

So, given that this seems to be about the same price as the best-of-breed air coolers (such as the Noctua NH-D14 that I bought last month), why should someone consider this rather than a b-o-b air cooler?

Only thing I can see is if you've got a case that's too tight to accommodate the mega air-coolers, which tend to be big hunks o' metal. But then again, your air cooler can (usually?) also cool other components, which these watercoolers won't.

Apologies if this is n00b-style question, I'm just curious.
It's the intense adrenaline rush of knowing water is rushing around in your system. And it's tidier I suppose…
crossy
One question about the following statement in the article:

self-contained liquid cooling systems that pack the pump, radiator and CPU block into one easy to install package that should be able to keep up with the best air coolers on the market

So, given that this seems to be about the same price as the best-of-breed air coolers (such as the Noctua NH-D14 that I bought last month), why should someone consider this rather than a b-o-b air cooler?

Only thing I can see is if you've got a case that's too tight to accommodate the mega air-coolers, which tend to be big hunks o' metal. But then again, your air cooler can (usually?) also cool other components, which these watercoolers won't.

Apologies if this is n00b-style question, I'm just curious.

It looks like Asetek made them a cooler with the same radiator as the H50 but same pump/block as the H70, the reason i chose the H50 over a better performing air cooler is greatly because of weight as before i had a ninja scythe full copper that came to about 1300g including the fans.

I think for most people either one or more of the following things cause them to chose a cooler like this, weight, size, clearance around the CPU socket and reasonable performance for the cost.

Using scan as an example the D14 comes in at £62.28 so it kind of fits well, using the H50 as an example at £55 it's not quite as good at cooling as the D14 (at least in most testing i have seen) but cost less.
crossy
So, given that this seems to be about the same price as the best-of-breed air coolers (such as the Noctua NH-D14 that I bought last month), why should someone consider this rather than a b-o-b air cooler?

Only thing I can see is if you've got a case that's too tight to accommodate the mega air-coolers, which tend to be big hunks o' metal. But then again, your air cooler can (usually?) also cool other components, which these watercoolers won't.

Aside from the size and weight considerations already mentioned the fact that it can dump most of the heat out the back of the case is a major plus.
Lanky123
Aside from the size and weight considerations already mentioned the fact that it can dump most of the heat out the back of the case is a major plus.

But I thought these water coolers suck air into the case as the air inside the case would likely be hot/warm and reduce the cooling potential.

I was going to purchase an H50 but I think I'll wait for one of these to come out now.