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Poll Results: Which Antec cooler do you own?

 
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    Antec Kühler H2O 620
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    Antec Kühler H2O 920
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:O I had best go back to my corner then lol
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Originally Posted by 8bitG33k View Post

Final testing and conclusion.

I put the stock Antec fans back on and kept them running at full speed the entire time. Temps got up to 84 this time around, which only 1C better than having Chill Control control the fan speeds. All conditions were the same or very close to the same as in previous tests. To recall, my max temp on air (212+) hit 93.

I had kept the Corsair SP120 (High Performance) in my previous test at full speed also, and the temps had gotten up to 85C.

While this is a significant temp difference in itself, I doubt most people are willing to keep their fans running at full speed all the time - as this is what is necessary to achieve the lowest possible temps with the 920 and for it to be competitive with a $30 aircooler. For stress testing purposes, this is probably tolerable for many people.

My theory was that since Chill Control operates off the liquid temp rather than the CPU temp, that there was going to be a delay between the CPU hitting high temps and the fans picking up speed. Obviously the Chill Control settings matter as my temps had hit 89 when allowing Chill Control to control my fan speeds. I used two different control settings, one being Fan Ramp Up speed 30/ Full Speed 35 and Fan Ramp up 40/ Full Speed 50, in both cases my temps hit 89.

Running the two different sets of fans (stock Antec and Corsair SP120's) at full speeds resulted in a max temp of 84 (Antec) and 85 (Corsair).

The unit performs adequately, but some mid-performing air coolers such as the 212+ of the Xigmatek SD1283 which can both be had for ~ 30USD offer a far better value, especially when not overclocked. Nose levels will be higher if not the same with the 920 but mileage will vary because this is highly dependent on the settings a given indiviudal sets in Antec's Chill Control software. The 920 is far from being a bad product, but for the average user I think Antec's price mark is far beyond the sweet spot of price/ performance ratio as similar performing (air) coolers can be had for less money. However, for overclocking and stress testing purposes this can be a good investment, depending on an individuals budget and personal opinion.

Really appreciate the input +rep for that!
Thanks for sharing your HONEST thoughts with us smile.gif

I have my Antec 920 in and spent over 1hr recording to make a nice comprehensible video guide - I must say I'm very happy with it - I will edit it and render it tonight and hopefully upload it tonight too (or tomorrow morning)
I'll post it here and in the OP once it is done. Covers everything you need to know (including moving the stupid serial number sticker of your motherboard lol)
post #3843 of 6063
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Really appreciate the input +rep for that!
Thanks for sharing your HONEST thoughts with us smile.gif

I have my Antec 920 in and spent over 1hr recording to make a nice comprehensible video guide - I must say I'm very happy with it - I will edit it and render it tonight and hopefully upload it tonight too (or tomorrow morning)
I'll post it here and in the OP once it is done. Covers everything you need to know (including moving the stupid serial number sticker of your motherboard lol)

Thanks for the rep! Apparently it goes away if the post is edited - which is what I did when I added that last line.
post #3844 of 6063
I don't remember, how is your case airflow and rad setup?

Mine's like this:

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post #3845 of 6063
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I don't remember, how is your case airflow and rad setup?

Mine's like this:


Nice one man - are you talking about my case?
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Originally Posted by 8bitG33k View Post

Thanks for the rep! Apparently it goes away if the post is edited - which is what I did when I added that last line.

No probs man!

In other news - I'm speechless for the time being - maybe I have a weak WU - but I'll leave it folding for another 3hrs and also see tomorrow - My temps...have gotten magically better.

I'm almost certain that it is due to what it is currently folding, but who knows...I'll keep y'all updated:

Stock intel cooler with stock voltages (no OC): 81c


Antec 920 + stock fans + stock voltage (no OC): 58c


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post #3846 of 6063
Mate, run down to the training pitch and make sure the boys are up for another series of big wins. Probably bring Rooney a lady of the night, RVP some opiates for his hip, and a couple kegs for the rest of the boys. Chicharito might want a nice home cooked Mexican meal. Although he lives with his mom so I bet he gets fed well.
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Mate, run down to the training pitch and make sure the boys are up for another series of big wins. Probably bring Rooney a lady of the night, RVP some opiates for his hip, and a couple kegs for the rest of the boys. Chicharito might want a nice home cooked Mexican meal. Although he lives with his mom so I bet he gets fed well.

hahahaha
Love the OT tongue.gif
post #3848 of 6063
I'm wondering about 8bitG33k's airflow. Now we all know a 920 won't outperform a highend ~$60+ aircooler but I feel a 920 should beat a 212+ decently.
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I'm wondering about 8bitG33k's airflow. Now we all know a 920 won't outperform a highend ~$60+ aircooler but I feel a 920 should beat a 212+ decently.

And it does beat the 212+ by about 10C. But only if you are willing to tolerate screaming loud fans. And the fans must be running at full speed all the time, ie no ramping because of the delay from the CPU temp rising until the liquid temp rises until finally Chill Control ramps up the fans. Otherwise the 89C spike in p95 (it's only during one particular worker thread where it maxes out at 89) will have come and gone by the time Chill Control reacts. This 10c gap decreases with lower fan settings. Then again I'm sure I could tweak the 212+ a bit to bring the temp down from it's 93 probably not by much though. Especially when considering that I ran the 212+ with a single fan in a push config this whole time and the 920 in push/ pull with 2 fans. But push/ pull on my 212+ yielded only a 1C difference on my old rig with a Q8300 oc'd to 3.0GHz.

As for airflow, so far I have adhered to the theory that exhausting hot air is more important than the intake of cool air, as the negative pressure created by the exhaust will pull in fresh air from the outside. That doesn't mean one shouldn't run any intake fans, just that it's not as important as exhausting hot air. I did add a 2nd 120mm intake in the drive bay after you suggested I should increase airflow, because I am always willing to accept and try out new ideas and I did have this dead spot right in front of the drivebay cage. I ran tests with both the 212+ and the 920 with the addtl fan both on and off but there was no difference in temps.

All my tests were overclocked, so another factor may be as simpe as diminishing returns at higher clocks and voltages. ie, that both air and water coolers begin to perform similar when processing high heat. Just an idea, not saying that is the case.

Performance of the 920 aside - there may be something else I haven't considered yet that is contributing to my high load temps. This could be some setting in BIOS I haven't learned yet (like, I am just beginning to grasp Offset so I run at a fixed voltage, and a few other things) or I could simply have a low performing chip (aka a candidate for de-lidding).
Edited by 8bitG33k - 3/1/13 at 10:24pm
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Anyone experience loud hard drive noise or sharp clicking or grinding sounds from pump when they first started it? my new 620 is annoyingly loud and not silent at all. I posted a thread about it here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1366354/pump-making-loud-hard-drive-noise

the question is should i return it or will it be fixed on its own with use? so far its been on for 2 hours or more.
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