Originally Posted by Robilar
I just picked up an Antec 920 for my media pc. I had moved over my motherboard and cpu from another system (where it had an H80 on it).
Frankly, the H80 is far superior to the Antec 920. I reseated, redid TIM, reorganized internal airflow in the case, and the H80 still outperforms the 920 on the exact same setup.
With that in mind, I don't heavily overclock the system so it's not a big deal but I'm not sure how these two cooling setups could ever directly compete...
Also the mounting system!!! Grrr similar to the Corsair H70 and prior. Drives me nuts. Also the way you connect the fans leaves a bunch of loose wires around the cpu area. Hard to make it clear from a wiring perspective.
Things I do like:
The price; it's about $10 cheaper than the H80
Changing the LED on the pump to match the system fans
The software. Neat and functional
The tubing; much better than the H80 and longer
I can find numerous reviews showing that the 920 and H80 are within 1C of each other on every major review I could find comparing the two. The 920 also has an extra year warranty and the tubing is a nice improvement over my Corsair unit. I can say that both units cool just as well for me on the exact same CPU so yours seems to be a dud or something if it's being noticeably beaten by the Corsair H80. I agree that the mounting system on the Corsair is much better, but the one on the Antec is certainly sufficient and not bad at all if you follow the directions carefully and are at all good at working with your hands. I did have to plan out wire management a bit with my setup, but you can't hardly find my cords if you looked for them - it's a matter of wire management more so than bad design - the thing needs wires to work so we have to deal with hiding them sometimes, lol..
I got mine for $35 less than I paid for my H80, I prefer almost everything about my 920 over me H80, aside from the mounting system. Opinions aside though, both units cool the same amount, period. I'm not calling you out, just saying there's definitely a problem if you can tell the difference in cooling between the two units.