Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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ANTEC KÜHLER H2O 620 INTRODUCTION
Liquid cooling for the computer is nothing new. In fact, some of the earliest computers used liquid cooling solutions. Liquid cooling has enjoyed a significant rise in popularity during the past few years, and many manufacturers have developed products to supply the needs of this segment of the PC aftermarket. Traditionally, the would-be watercooler would have to scrounge and/or make the various components for a system. It wasn't long, however, before companies began to supply high quality and high performance components like waterblocks, radiators, and pumps that made the whole process much easier. To make liquid cooling even more accessible to the mainstream PC enthusiast, complete kits began to appear, allowing the consumer to purchase all the bits necessary to “get wet” in a single purchase, eliminating the need to spend a lot of time researching the subject and assuring that all the components will work together. But, you still needed to install all this stuff and plumb it together into a cooling system.
Not all that long ago, several companies started marketing “turnkey” liquid cooling systems that were self-contained units. These systems were compact, easy to install and kept wiring and tubing runs to a minimum, making for a clean installation with a small footprint inside the case. Antec is the latest company to take the plunge, and have sent us an example of their newest system, the Kuhler H2O 620. Let's take a closer look at the 620 and see what it has to offer.
ANTEC CORPORATE PROFILE
The year was 1986. Starbucks had only a few stores. Don Johnson was actually cool. The average PC had less memory than today's cellphones. And in Fremont, California, a little company named Antec was born. Antec's first employees never imagined that their upstart firm would rise to the very top of the high-performance computer components industry. But rise it did. And rather swiftly, too.
We're headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in the Netherlands, Europe. We've also established distribution partnerships throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. So you'll find Antec products in over 25 countries. But no matter how large we grow, we'll never forget our mission: to give you the power you need to create the computer you really want. That's the Antec way. That's the Power of You.