So, we like that the Kuhler H2O 920 from Antec is easy to install, has customizable lights and fan profiles, performs quite well, and leaves the "meat" of your motherboard open and clean, but there is a catch. It will set you back $100. For the average builder, a benjamin is probably out of your range of consideration for processor cooling. With that said, watercooling has always been an enthusiast's affair, and although the all-in-one (AIO) solutions have brought the cost of the ecosystem way down, it's still a top-tier solution. For many, the TPC 812, which actually performed better in our tests and comes in for $30 cheaper, would probably be the much better choice.
The Kuhler H2O 920 is well-suited for thsoe who will utilize the thermal dissipation capacity of the AIO watercooling, i.e. overclocking/servers, or those who put high value on the cleanliness of the CPU socket, which keeps your motherboard free-and-clear of your RAM. The Kuhler H2O 920 is also a great fit for small form factor builds which use high performance processors but doesn't have the vertical clearance for a high performance cooler, such as the very popular BitFenix Prodigy.
Other than the high cost, which is competitively priced against other AIO watercooling systems, the only other downfall is how loud the fans are at anything above about 50% fan speed, and forget about tolerating it at 100%. The Chill Control V software adds alot to the package by being able to configure the fan ramp settings to fine-tune it to your liking and thermal needs. It also adds a nice touch to change the light color to match your meticulously-themed builds.
In closing, the Kuhler 920 is a competitive AIO watercooling system in both price and performance, and has an overall great design. If you want to tap a fuller potential of the system while keeping your hearing intact, a pair of quiet fans will give you another boost to best some of the better air coolers we've tested.
- Uniform cooling across CPU
- Leaves pleanty of space around CPU
- Maintainance-free watercooling
- No additional thermal paste required
- Simple Installation
- Customizable LEDs/Fan Profile
- Fans very loud at full speed
- Expensive (~$100)
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