The Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 liquid cooler has many innovative features, but does not really differentiate itself performance-wise from the competition. I was surprised at the lack of performance of the unit using stock setup and settings, expecting superior performance because of the increased coolant flow rate from the dual integrated pumps.
Before continuing with our parting sentiments on the Kuhler H2O 1250 liquid cooler, we would like to take this opportunity to give our friends at Antec a hearty "Thank You" for giving us the pleasure and opportunity to review such an innovative liquid cooling solution. After initial unboxing of the unit, I was impressed by the size and looks of the cooler. Antec put some thought into the design of the cooler with the dual-pump design and the temperature-based LED effects integrated into the CPU block. The unit is designed solidly, built to last.
I had several challenges with using the unit, centered on the design and implementation of the mounting cage. The use of a plastic-based universal baseplate does alleviate specific conductive-related issues with the motherboard, but the hex nut channels can be easily warped, allowing for the mounting nuts for free spin. Once the channels in the baseplate are warped, it becomes very challenging to install or remove the screw springs from the baseplate. The other mounting related challenge was trying to lineup the spring screw with the hex nut sticking through the mounting holes of the motherboard. You have to exert some amount downward force while attempting to screw in the spring screw while keeping the block flat and square on the CPU. Once two spring screws have been fixed in place, this becomes much easier however. My only other reservation with the cooler was with its performance. With the dual pump design, I expected the Kuhler H2O 1250 to perform on par or better than the lead cooler across the board at stock settings. However, this was not the case. Performance approached that of the other tested coolers only with fans running at full speed.
- Manual quality
- Innovative dual pump design
- Build and machining quality of the cooler
- Antec Grid monitoring software
- Mounting mechanism hard to use and fragile
- Use of plastic baseplate
- Use of 1/4 tubing hurt performance
- Possibility of galvanic corrosion because of mixed metals between copper block and aluminum radiator
- Use of aluminum radiator