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Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

  • Radiator Dim. 6.3" (H) x 4.7" (W) x 2.0" (D) / 159 mm (H) x 120 mm (W) x 50 mm (D)
  • Fan Dim. 4.7" x 1.0" / 120 mm x 25 mm
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Abner A.
  • 7/22/2015 12:02:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsWhen it's on sale it's worth the frustrating install

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: This sucker is will keep your CPU under 60c even under the most strenuous loads. I'm a gamer but mostly end up programming now a days with the occasional website design/build.
My PC:
-Oveclocked FX-6300
-8 Gb Ram
- x2 7400 RPM Hard Drives
-500W PSU

Nothing really crazy, fairly standard build, I really mostly got this because my home has very poor ventilation and it gets hot FAST and I live in the San Fernando Valley in CA so it get's awful around summer time. Before installing my Kuhler 950 my CPU was hitting temps past the safe zone (80c to 90c) and I just couldn't keep risking damaging my CPU so I installed this bad boy and WHAM! idling at 28c and the avg temp in my home is usually 30c or during the summer so seeing that low idle made me really happy, ran some intense programs and ran videos and multi tasked and temps never reached anything above 60c so extremely happy I bought this when it was on sale.

Cons: THE INSTALL IS HORRIBLE!
When you install this thing please please make sure you have a helping hand, I was extremely frustrated installing this thing I had to step away from it have an hour smoke break. I have installed hundreds of water/liquid cooling for years and have never had this much of an issue installing anything as this monster had given me( and I've installed/upgraded total custom liquid cooling!) .
Incomplete install guide and shoddy plastic materials, especially the mounting bracket. On top of this the place screws they give you keep your unit secure (which are never referenced to in the guide) are loose and need to be secured in some fashion if your doing this solo (like me, used super glue to hold them in place) If you have a helping hand they can hold the screws in place on the back side, If you have and AMD AM3+ keep using your standard bracket!!!! (Sorry Intel users) so at the recommended MSRP I'd say wait it out until it's on sale if you are dead set on this particular model. If not, the're better priced liquid cooled system out there that will not be as frustrating as thing was to install and will do just as good of a job. Keeping mine because I went through all the darn trouble of the install and I'm not going to let a piece of plastic beat me!!

Other Thoughts: Worth it when it's on sale, not so much at full retail price, there are better ones at nearly half the price.

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  • Craig H.
  • 6/18/2015 12:32:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood cooler, bad design

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: When doing video encoding, which usually has all cores running at 100% for 2-3 hours, my system would hit 80-85C with air. This drop the temps down to 60-65C.

Cons: Antedc needs to provide two separate locking mechanisms, one for Intel and one for AMD. The "universal" one they provide is absolute garbage. It would lock on the AMD tabs but not the Intel tabs. By the time you got the fourth tab in place, two of the others moved back to the AMD tabs. I finally taped them in place to keep them from sliding. The pump requires a connection to an on board USB plug. The plug uses one side, but takes up both ports. Antec should either use a one sided plug or provide a back plane with a single USB port so we can still use the other USB connector. The Antec Grid software is garbage. It crashes every time I start it, which starts with windows. The one time it didn't crash, it looked nice till it crashed my system.

Other Thoughts: My ASRock 2011v3 mobo has a built in CPU back plate. I didn't need the flimsy plastic piece Antec provided. One person had issues trying to get the screws through the back, the fan and into the cooler. I slide one screw through the back and fan, lined up the cooler and got it started by hand. Then did the second one the same way. This made easy work of mounting the radiator.

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  • Arturo M.
  • 6/14/2015 2:12:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWish i didnt buy it

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: Looks like it will do a nice job. When it was working, Temps didnt go over 60C. It would idle around 35 to 50.

Has lights. we like lights.

Cons: Very hard to install if you don't have a 3rd arm. Pipes on the cold plate leak. I now have a motherboard and video card that don't work thanks to this cooler. GPU melted at the PCI-E connector. I should have spent a little more and went with another brand.

This cooler worked for about 2 or 3 weeks. Never left computer running if i wasn't home. I would understand if i had this cooler for a year or so but less than a month and it totals my system?

Other Thoughts: Spend money on a different brand.

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  • Evan P.
  • 6/10/2015 12:44:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well, difficult to install.

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: Silent. It runs between 700-1000 RPM.The LED feature on the cooling plate is pretty slick. Fits into my Antec 300 case perfectly.

Cons: Difficult to install. If you still have your stock mount for your CPU fan use that. The mount that this comes with is a piece of junk. Also, it was a pain in *** to get the cooling plate mounted.

Other Thoughts: I've got it set up as push-pull in my case. Despite what other reviews say, you CAN switch the fan directions.
picked it up for $50. Can't complain one bit!

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  • Christopher Z.
  • 6/4/2015 8:39:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDon't recommend it

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: Looks pretty, decent price. Fans look to be good quality. Radiator core is really thick.

Cons: Poorly designed mounting hardware

Other Thoughts: I bought this product because of the price, I attempted to use it but after an hour of fiddling with the cheesy mounting hardware I threw it back in the box and used the stock cooler.

The mounting hardware is supposed to be universal, nearly all amd and intel processors use the same bracket and backing plate. The backing plate is made of plastic instead of metal. The inserts that you thread the mounting screws through fall out really easy. I have never had so much headache trying to install a product. A decent 1 piece backing plate or standoffs holding the plate in place would make all the difference in the world.

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  • Jacob D.
  • 6/1/2015 10:23:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt works

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: I am using this on a A10-7850K and according to the packaged software I have yet to break 40 degrees C or 1000 rpm while playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel so it does work.

Cons: Mounting:
I actually mounted this on a old LGA 1156 motherboard at first to see how hard it really was to mount. It was hard and required a second person for me to get it on the board.

Using the backplate that came with the A10 I have it on now made it much easier to mount the watercooler.

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  • Laniah R.
  • 5/30/2015 12:18:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent watercooler

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: It fit into my case nicely. Temps havent been over 102 F since installed.

Cons: Be ready to tear it back out or just buy some addition new 120 mm fans. I haven't used mine 30 days yet and I hear the bearing going already. Kinda sounds like the older hard drives when they were going bad.

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  • Jason C.
  • 5/20/2015 8:58:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVirtually Silent

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: I bought this cooler because I was tired of hearing my computer's fans "wind up" in the middle of the night when the home automation software would process some events or Windows decided to update. Last year, I upgraded to a M5A99X and FX-8350 processor when my motherboard died but kept my case that I've had since 2003. I used the AMD stock cooler because I had no need for overclocking. Between that cooler, the fan on the side of the case, and the fore and aft fans, it could get quite loud.

Some of the reviews of this cooler had me a bit worried that I had traded UP in terms of loudness, but that is simply not the case. Speaking of cases, my Tsunami Wave (with the plexi side door) had clearance issues, so I could not mount the radiator. The new case is a ThermalTake Commander G42.

Yes, it is loud, if you turn it all the way up. Anyone would expect two fans pushing and pulling lots of air through a miniature radiator to be loud. However, it's virtually silent while idling and barely noticeable when it's under moderate load. Plus, my idle temps have gone from 95°-115°F (depending on cleanliness of heatsink) to 69.1°.

I like the LED temperature indication, too. Even running 3D Mark, it barely moved from cool blue.

Cons: The rubber spacers that move the mounting arms from AMD to Intel spacing are a pain. The directions seem to indicate that you should slide them into the side where they absolutely will not stay. Slide them into the top and they'll stick.

It was difficult to install this with the motherboard mounted in the case. I scotch taped the threaded inserts to the back of the backing plate. In retrospect, using the AMD backing plate would have been much, much easier. The thumbscrews are difficult to install while keeping everything lined up, so I'd advise doing it outside of the case or having a helper assist you.

Still, highly recommended.

Other Thoughts: If I had known that I was going to get a new case, I probably would have opted for the Kuhler 1250, just because.

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  • ROSS C.
  • 4/30/2015 7:02:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWould recommend buying a different cooler

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: It works! it keeps my cpu around 35C when playing games. The RGB led looks pretty cool!

Cons: After afew minuets of being almost silent, the pump starts making a grinding noise which gets very anoying, especialy when I can hear it while wearing headphones. Another problem Is that the cooler is difficult to install! I had allot of trouble tightening the skews to hold the cooler down.

Other Thoughts: If you want a quiet cooler, go with a Noctua NH-U9B. I was very disappointed with the noise, I wish I would have known about this problem before I ordered it.

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  • ROSS C.
  • 4/26/2015 6:38:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works... but its loud.

This review is from: Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: It keeps my cpu under 40C when playing games, the software is very easy to use and useful. The led is cool. The fans are very quiet.

Cons: Although the fan is very quiet, after about 1 minuet the pump becomes so loud that I can hear it when listening to loud music, I don't know whether this is a problem with just mine or all of the coolers. If its a common problem, I would recommend getting a different AIO cooler

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