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post #31 of 52
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Originally Posted by jak3z View Post
Antec sent me the Kuhler for reviewing, and the product is good, but have some minor details. The Radiator is as thin as the H50, but the pump is the H70 one. The tubes are imo better.
Are you sure that the radiator is as thin as the H50?? This is the Kuhler 920, not the Kuhler 620 dude..
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Yeah, I thought I read that the radiator was the same size or close to the h70
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post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by wongwarren View Post
Are you sure that the radiator is as thin as the H50?? This is the Kuhler 920, not the Kuhler 620 dude..
Yes my bad I thought i had read 620, the 920 is as thick as the h70

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Aren't all these self-contained units from the same OEM?
    
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Aren't all these self-contained units from the same OEM?
Probably, but Antec's name is on this so its got to be a little better. Im probably grabbing a 620 next week, Im tired of the big heat sinks.
post #36 of 52
Since people keep going on and on about why, all the low cost watercooling units look the same well I am here to answar.

Asetek some might remeber them for their extreme well done Waterchill and Vaporchill kits, decided to stop selling end products them selfs, and instead started making OEM units.

Then Corsair, Alienware, Compaq and HP enters, and now Antec.

The only other manufactor of units like these are CoolIT afaik.

And thats why they look the same
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The person citing that people go to water cooling because of the noise is wrong now. Might be true in the past, but with smart fan control you can get good air coolers to perform well and be extremely quiet. You have to keep in mind that a lot of watercooling setups use fans on the radiators anyhow. My cooler master hyper 212+ with smart fan makes NO noise and spins at 750rpm. again, makes no noise. temps are very low (i'm on a phenom 2) and heat is of zero concern.
The reason to make the switch to water cooling is because you get far more overclocking headroom than any air unit or sealed water unit will net you with little noise.

I made the switch because of high room temps.. I had an eco r120 in push/pull with gentle typhoons that was pushing 55-59c on the core temps depending on my room temps, and I've gotten a 10-13 drop in temps with higher voltage and a better overclock after making the switch to WC'ing.

Haven't even gotten to gpu cooling yet, but that probably offers an even more noticeable increase in performance since many of them get way hotter than the average cpu.

Biggest downside to water cooling is price and user error. (if you buy the cooler in the OP then you might as well had gone water since there are similarly priced water kits that will blow this away in performance.)
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Same here,the fan is silent because Cooler Master uses a good fan on their Hyper 212+. It's the fan that makes a difference.

Not everyone wants to risk their motherboard with a huge & heavy cooler,not to mention they don't fit in some cases.
While I can certainly understand the reservation with size being an issue, it's silly to suggest that using these coolers is a "risk." The back-plates are more than sufficient.
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The reason to make the switch to water cooling is because you get far more overclocking headroom than any air unit or sealed water unit will net you with little noise.

I made the switch because of high room temps.. I had an eco r120 in push/pull with gentle typhoons that was pushing 55-59c on the core temps depending on my room temps, and I've gotten a 10-13 drop in temps with higher voltage and a better overclock after making the switch to WC'ing.

Haven't even gotten to gpu cooling yet, but that probably offers an even more noticeable increase in performance since many of them get way hotter than the average cpu.

Biggest downside to water cooling is price and user error. (if you buy the cooler in the OP then you might as well had gone water since there are similarly priced water kits that will blow this away in performance.)

Especially in the GPU-realm of water cooling, you end up having to buy a new block each time you upgrade, which gets REALLY expensive.

That's what pushed me away from the water cooling scene. The benefits, while tangible, aren't NEARLY as good as they once were. HDT and increased air-cooler size have really cut down on the delta between water and air.

This seems like a decent compromise, even at a higher cost.
    
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