Just when you think you have seen just about everything you can out of the all-in-one water coolers, someone is always trying to find a way to make their product stand out against the rest in the crowd. When we took a look at the KÜHLER H2O 620 a little while ago, I was impressed with what Antec and Asetek were able to come up with. While it wasn't a huge departure from the H50 from Corsair, there was enough to visually tell them apart as well as the Antec version performing slightly better in the testing. So what was left to improve on?
Since I caught wind of the H2O 620, I assumed the "fat radiator" version was already in the works. Why not keep up with the Jones' if you are already basically mimicking a product already on the shelf is my take, and I was right, well, sort of. Antec did release the thicker radiator design with the 920 moniker, and we are about to take an up close look at not only the cooler, but the software that comes shipped along with this new cooler from Antec.
The software side of all-in-one coolers has been done before in some shape or form. CoolIt had the Maestro software, and even incorporated changeable LEDs and temperature readout of the coolant in the head unit of one of these units. The issue there is very basic. While the functionality and ability to see the liquid temperature is there, you need a direct line of sight to the head unit, and to make an adjustment you have to dive into the chassis and look for the tiny buttons.
Asetek and Antec have devised a more elegant solution to this, and I will cover it and the KÜHLER H20 920 from Antec as we continue. Let's take a bit of time to go over the specifications and a better description of the feature set.