Semi-proprietary asetek AIO that has both unimpressive software, and lackluster hardware.
3 January 2016
Summary: To warn in advance, I was fortunate to only inherit the item under very inexpensive circumstances. I would NOT recommend this product at the retail price it is. First look at the item, and it is not attractive in person at all. But my case has no window so it wasn't a huge issue for me.
Pros: Price It does in fact cool your processor
Cons: Awful controller software Weird proprietary fan setup Proprietary cpu bracket ( incompatible with nzxt's kraken g10, for example ) Fans produce wub noise at low speeds, and turn into jet engines at high speeds. Ugly
Tips & Performance Tests: One cool cooler for a new Skylake build.
Dean S., Newegg
7 November 2015
Summary: The Antec Kuhler h2o 1250 water cooler fastened nicely into the preexisting screw holes that hold the upper two fans in the Antec 1100 V2 gaming case. I opted to remove the two case fans and re-position them in other locations in the case.
Pros: Excellent cooling ability, see below.
Cons: Software could use a read-me file to provide some detail.
Summary: I wish I had bought it at New Egg bought it at a brick and mortar no idea where the receipt is and Antec won't honor warranty with out it, but was in a rush to get it because I was on my way home out of the US.
Pros: Very quiet when I lay my Fractal Design Node on it's side, but makes an annoying clicking sound when I set it upright
Cons: Software is absolutely useless even on windows, I run linux so there is no software.
Summary: Seriously, the entire method of installing this was just ridiculous. It seems like they tried to come up with the most irritating way to screw the thing on. Screws with springs on them? Whyyyy?!
Pros: Worked great at first, around 30-40 degrees celcius
Cons: Very annoying to install, very annoying to remove Took a bit more force than I was comfortable with to install Mounting bolts stripped very easily Died after 2 years, temps shot up to 90c Fan would sometimes cut out and then spin hard
Antec KUHLER H2O 1250 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 240MM
Brent H., Newegg
16 August 2015
Summary: When it works it works okay, it can get VERY noisy when going above 1800rpm but that's expected. due to the pumps being located on the fan you'll need a lot of room to work with.
Pros: When it works it works well.. would idle around 27c
Cons: Okay so I've owned this thing for over 6 months now, and I'm having to RMA it a second time. First of all, while not a big deal the first few days of use you WILL get grease thrown around your case. They must use excess grease on the fans as it will fling it around and it made my White NZXT case ...
Summary: On the plus side my motherboard(x99 deluxe) has a good fan controller so I have bypassed the USB connectivity and plugged the 2x fan/pump combo connectors into it's cpu fan connectors. Runs cool and quiet now.
Pros: 240 Radiator 2x pumps
Cons: NOT for novice users. The software will not work and the Antec website has errors preventing me from getting any updated version. Super loud running on the firmware alone. Can only be run as exhaust so you will need to make sure you can ensure fresh/cool air for the radiator
Summary: Best closed loop liquid cooler on the market.
Pros: I've owned several of these. They draw more heat away from the CPU than anything else I've used including the Corsair H100i which I had to get rid of. The best part of this is the ability to see instantly the processor temperature using the LED.
Cons: The first one I had caused issues with the flexible mount, but they've fixed that with the new design. Also the fans are not swappable.
Summary: This water cooling kit comes with all the adapters and parts necessary to fit it. However it is much bulkier than other similar coolers. So you will need a pretty big case to allow room for this monster. Also the fixing screws are barely long enough, with very hard tension springs.
Pros: Cools really well, easy to install and quiet when it wants to be.
Cons: Noisy fans are an issue with this product. I've had to replace the original one I bought after a couple of weeks of the fans staying noisy. The new one I got from Antec through RMA was nice a quiet for about a week, then the fans started making noise again. I have yet to replace the second one.