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Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 AIO CPU Cooler Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 AIO CPU Cooler Review
Antec takes a whole new approach to what they think an AIO should be. You have to see what the Kuhler H2O 1250 is all about.
| CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2014 3:04 am
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: Antec

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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Let's try to follow the list a bit, and then we will do our best to explain how this setup will work. Antec mentions the copper cold plate first, and then gets right into the pump's specifications. The impeller is suspended with a ceramic bearing that will offer 50,000 hours of run time at a maximum of 3000RPMs. The radiator is of course aluminum, and is 159mm long, 120mm wide, and 27mm thick. The tubing is 300mm in length and made of black rubber. There is thermal compound pre-applied to the block, and this cooler will fit on all the latest sockets from both AMD and Intel. The fans used to cool the radiator are 120mm, on liquid state bearings. These also have a 50,000 hour lifespan, and they turn at 2400RPM. These fans can also deliver 98CFM of flow, offer 2.78mmH20 of static pressure, are rated to 38dB, and use a 4-pin connection. There is also 700mm of USB cable for the software, and the Kuhler H2O 1250 is backed by a three-year warranty.

 

How this all works is pretty simple. Let's start at the head unit and travel out the tube to the radiator. There we are picked up by a pump, and then pushed into the radiator, run along one long half of the radiator. At that point, you come back out of the radiator, down through the other long side of the radiator, and are then sent down the other tube, and back to the head unit. The main issue I see right out of the gate is that what used to be only four leak points from the tubing has now become a total of ten points, in what are now five sections of tubing. It should also be considered that with this cooler, due to the frames being custom, the fans applied cannot easily be replaced, and cleaning may become an issue as well.

 

The Antec Kuhler H2O 1250s are already on the shelf, but pay attention when you are looking to buy it. The MSRP was set on these at $109.99 US dollars. What I found is both good and bad when looking to buy this cooler. The Newegg listing at first lists the device at $119.99, but they are currently running a $30 mail in rebate offer, which brings the pricing to $89.99. Of course, if you tend to shop at Amazon, be prepared. For some reason they have the 1250 listed for over $200. I would suggest passing on that deal.

 

Considering we can get this dual pump, dual radiator AIO for the cost of most single radiator and single pump solutions, I am intrigued, to say the least.

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