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Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 AIO CPU Cooler Review (Page 10)

By Chad Sebring from Jan 8, 2014 @ 21:04 CST
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: Antec

Final Thoughts


The thermal performance was pretty good, and this is definitely a unique take on an AIO. The real issue is that we see tons of AIO offerings, and we have seen it doesn't have to be the loudest to win; it doesn't need to put you into a trance to make you think it is the best. The software failed, so LED use and settings became unusable during testing, and with all the glue oozing from the tubing, I wasn't very impressed. I have to give them credit for originality and ingenuity, but this is one product that definitely looked better on paper than what it delivers in real life. It is almost like we took a step backwards with the huge size of things, but at least they offered some offset brackets to try to alleviate any issues that this super thick radiator, fan, and pump design has.


It is really hard for me to take on a product that does so well in the thermal charts, and doesn't make your ears bleed. But, when this is on full speed, watch out, it may just make you want to either plug your ears with more than a headset, or simply never run the cooler that high, and that lessens its efficiency, and brings down the level of useable performance. Not to mention the real pain in the rear end that cleaning and maintaining the flow of the fans and radiator has become in this design. Even if you remove the fan screws, the pumps are still connected to the radiator with very short tubing, and getting the fans out of the way is near impossible.


Aside from the better than average results this offers, I would have to say the mounting hardware is the best part of this kit. If you don't believe me, and think there isn't a fan or setup on the planet that your ears can't handle, by all means try your luck with the Antec Kuhler H2O 1250. And, I strongly suggest you go the Newegg route to save a bunch of money. Had the fans and pumps not been such an irritation at full speeds, the $109.99 MSRP would be an awesome price, and with the $30 MIR offered at Newegg to bring their pricing to just under $90, it may be worth a try just to say you did.


The thing is, the way this is designed, to get the most out of it you have to deal with the annoyance of these fans, and the potential vibrations and pulsations this setup will deliver into a chassis as well. If I were in the market for a dual 120mm AIO, I would personally keep on looking.



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