[section_title title=”Closer Look – 650″]Closer Look – 650
Starting out with the Antec Kuhler 650, the interesting thing about their latest range of AIO coolers is the placement of the pump; this is located with the fan on the radiator itself allowing a more low profile design of the CPU block. The equipped 120mm fan has directional blades which are designed to optimise airflow allowing the best possible results.
The radiator itself is essentially a half height radiator with an in-built 120mm fan with the pump mounted over the top. Not only does this save space but it is also designed to keep unwanted heat away from the CPU itself. The fan blade is white and the white/black contrast looks very good in my opinion and should fit with the majority of colour schemes.
The block features an LED light with the Antec logo across the centre which really does make the Kuhler 650 stand out from other coolers in terms of blocks; the aesthetics and size of it is a thing of beauty. The block itself is black but the actual plate is made from copper; it does come with Antec thermal paste pre-applied to the block but as for testing coolers, we use Noctua NH-1 thermal paste to ensure testing is on an even ground.
As mentioned in the packaging, the Antec Kuhler 650 comes with a square plastic standoff with screws which does allow you to mount a 2nd fan if you so wish, but it’s also designed to help with airflow when mounting the cooler inside a case; personally I think the cooler looks better without, but that is just my opinion.