Antec Kühler H20 620 Liquid CPU Cooler Review - Antec Kühler H2O 620 Review | Testing

Testing


Test System

CPU: Intel i5-2500K

Thermal Paste: Arctic MX-4

Motherboard: ASUS P67 Sabertooth

RAM: 2x4GB PNY Optima DDR3

GPU: EVGA GTX 570 HD

OS HDD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD

Secondary HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

 

Load Testing

For the load tests,  Prime95 was used to stress the CPU to 100% and then used RealTemp to record the temperatures.  Unlike an air cooled unit, the Kühler H2O 620's liquid takes a short while to reach a steady temperature.  To that end, the test was allowed run for fifteen minutes before recording the temperatures to make sure the operating temperature of the liquid system had been achieved.  Two different conditions of the i5-2500K were tested:, the default settings, and overclocked to 3.8GHz and 1.26V.  The single value recorded is the average temperature of the four cores.

Antec Kühler H2O 620 Default Processor Load Test

Antec Kühler H2O 620 Overclocked Processor Load Test

Being the smallest liquid cooler we've tested, the 620's performance was about on par with the higher end air coolers we've tested before with heavier thermal loads we see when we begin to overclock.  It's small size does have it lagging a little bit for idle and stock conditions, before the thermal capacity of the water has been able to start "stretching its legs" and picking up an advantage over air coolers.  Of course, the Kuhler 620 sports a smaller and quieter form factor than it's big brother, the Kuhler 920, and most aftermarket air coolers, for that matter.  It should also be noted that our tests were done with relatively conservative ramp ratios for fan speed to keep operation on the quieter side, and if you want it, there's extra cooling capacity available, albeit the noise penalty becomes extreme pretty quickly, as the included fans do become rather loud at higher speeds.

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