Thursday Antec Inc announced its very first liquid cooling system for CPUs, the Antec KÜHLER H2O 620. The product is the result of a partnership with Asetek and promises easy installation, zero maintenance and up to 20-percent greater performance under full load than stock CPU coolers. It's also the result of feedback based on a survey offered to customers last year.
"The KÜHLER H2O 620 features Asetek's low-profile pump for exceptional liquid circulation while preserving internal airflow, and easy-bend tubes for maximum flexibility in radiator positioning," the company describes in a press release. "Additionally, the KÜHLER H2O 620 utilizes liquid temperature controlled fans to deliver Antec's renowned Quiet Computing technology for quiet, efficient performance and uses the latest generation copper cold plate for optimal conduction."
According to Antec's Dennis Pang in a blog dated Thursday, the company tested the new cooler on Intel's Core i7 980x CPU and saw a 20-percent performance increase over the stock Intel cooler. Pang also said the cooler includes kits to mount Intel LGA 775, 1155, 1156 and 1366 as well as AMD AM2, AM3, AM2+ and AM3+.
"The performance advantage doesn’t just apply to the CPU," he said. "Routing all the CPU heat directly out of your chassis means lower overall ambient temperature, which helps out your other components. And the low profile of the pump (just 27 mm) drastically reduces the footprint of your CPU cooler, which greatly increases overall airflow in your chassis."
Pang said the cooler is easy to install. Users simply attach a bracket to the motherboard, mount the pump to the CPU, and attach the radiator and fan to the chassis. For those who've previously mounted an aftermarket air cooler, the only difference is mounting the radiator/fan assembly to an open fan slot.
"Forget about having to purchase coolant and filling/refilling," he said. "Ironically, the beauty of this liquid cooling solution is never having to see the fluid."
The KÜHLER H2O 620 is backed by Antec's Quality 3-year (AQ3) limited warranty on parts and labor and is available at the end of January for an estimated price of $69.95 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors.