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Antec Mercury 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

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   All-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers (also referred to as closed and/or self-contained loops) have been the "hottest" thing in PC cooling for many years now and although they still can't compete with regular air coolers in terms of price/performance it's a safe bet that this will not change any time soon. This is of course not only due to their somewhat impressive cooling efficiency levels and the fact that they are maintenance free (no filling required by the user) but also because of their relatively small size (compared always to complete water cooling loops/kits) and simplified installation. Antec has a long history with AIO liquid CPU coolers ever since they released their very first Kuhler H2O line many years ago and since they just unveiled their brand new Mercury line there's no way we'd pass an opportunity to get the tri-fan model in the lab.


   For 30 years, Antec, Inc. has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, being the pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures as well as for their award-winning PSUs having the lowest returns in the industry. Antec continues to further the industry with performance-rich enclosures, efficient power supplies, reliable cooling components, the cutting-edge Antec Advance accessories line, and the Antec Mobile Products (A.M.P). Founded in 1986, Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in The Netherlands, Germany, China and Taiwan.


   The new Mercury 360 Liquid CPU Cooler by Antec sits at the top of their new Mercury line (120mm/240mm models are also available) and consists by three silent 120mm blue LED PWM fans (feature a maximum speed of 1800RPM with 73.31CFM airflow, 2.25mm H2O static pressure and 30dBA noise), 394mm long and 27mm thick aluminum radiator (with an FPI count of 16), Teflon coated tubings, three-phase motor pump (carbon metal body featuring a ceramic axis with graphite bearings to produce water pressure of 2.3 meters with a flow rate of 3.5 liters per minute), 3 temperature controlled LED lights and a copper base waterblock. Antec also released a Mercury liquid CPU cooler line with RGB fans instead of single blue LED ones but chances are both lines are identical minus the color of the LEDs that is.