Design wise there is a lot to like, such as the ability to plug our fans directly into the main block and then control the cooler via the upcoming Corsair Link product. The installation was also easier on this cooler than the competing product, other than a slightly fiddly backplate and the inclusion of a button to change fan profiles manually is appreciated.
We did however note that the manual could do with an update as it doesn’t clearly identify which screws should be used on the Intel install and completely neglects to say the Molex plug is a requirement. Of course we are also waiting on Corsair to release the Link tool to see how that works.
In terms of current performance the H80 scores well, outperforming a high quality air cooler in every test and also beating the Antec 920 by a degree or two throughout. On the whole it also tends to run a touch quieter at idle and full load.
Value wise, again good for Corsair as the unit matches the Antec model in the US and sells for a little cheaper in the UK. It also includes a 5-year warranty.
Antec Kühler 920
The compact design of the CPU block is great and the excellent design continues with the decision to include USB functionality. Through the bundled software we can monitor our system and control the cooler, balancing the performance to our needs. We would however like some more exact control over the fans, maybe a slider from 0-100% to enable fine tuning past what is already offered.
For performance the Kühler 920 is a very quiet product, left to run at auto it is near silent at all times though it does generate a lot of noise (and airflow) at maximum RPM. Temperatures were good, a clear improvement over high end air cooling and remained competitive with the Corsair model.
On the value front, the software offering from Asetek/Antec clearly adds to this aspect though the 3-year warranty is less than Corsair offer.
Corsair H80 CPU Cooler
Antec Kühler H2O 920