ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB Review
Today we are reviewing an AIO (All-in-One) liquid cooling solution from ANTEC, the ANTEC Neptune 240 Advanced All-in-One ARGB 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler.
Usual AIO implements of a radiator connected via tubes to a block/pump combo. But ANTEC with this Neptune 240 Liquid CPU Cooler integrated the water pump inside the radiator and resulting a very light weighted CPU block. Making installation of AIO very easy
Now let's see with 240mm radiator and ARGB lighting what more the ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB Liquid cooler have for us.
ARGB LED-Lit Ultra-Thin CPU Block
The supper-thin CPU block not only avoids incompatibility with certain motherboard heat sinks, but also protects the motherboard form deformation due to the weight of the CPU cooler.
Unique ARGB LED-Lit Design
The Advanced Integration of the Water Pump and Radiator
0.28 mm wall thickness
16.8 Million ARGB Light Effects
ARGB LED-Lit PWM Fan
Cool your CPU with highly efficient dissipation of heat and light shows.
ANTEC NEPTUNE 240 ARGB CPU cooler comes in a securely packaged box with product image, Model name and features highlights on front and the back of the box.
Inside the box
Box contains hard molded cardboard cutout holding ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB Liquid CPU Cooler securely along with Mounting kit for most modern CPU sockets, Two ARGB high performance fans, radiator mounting screws, Thermal compound (pre-applied) and Quick Start Guide.
Cooler is solid build with 240mm radiator having close fin stack for better heat exchange.
Pump is installed inside the top section of the radiator and is powered via a SATA power connector, which means that pump will be running at 100% all the time. Also please notice that there is no RPM header in this cooler so no way to monitor pump's speed or warn the system that pump is running or failed.
CPU block is very light weight since do not have any pump inside as other AIO's which makes it quick and easy to install. Copper cold plate is having good thermal compound pre-applied. The cable coming off the block is just ARGB header cable for LEDs inside the block.
Test system configuration -
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9900K |
|Board||MSI Z390 Gaming Plus|
|RAM||4 X 8GB Corsair DDR4 3600Mhz|
|SSD||Samsung 970 Evo NVME SSD |
|Cooler||ANTEC Neptune 240 AIO |
|PSU||ANTEC Neo ECO 650|
|OS||Windows 10 |
For testing thermal capability we manually overclocked Intel Core i9-9900K up to 5.1GHz and stressed the CPU using AIDA64 for 10 minutes. To average out we took three readings with 15 minutes of system idle time in between every reading. We compared ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB CPU cooler with few of known AIOs, Air coolers and a custom LC solution.
Ambient Temperature 28C
- Two 120mm Antec ARGB PWM fans
- ARGB LEDs and Fan controller included
- 240mm Slim radiator
- Easy Installation
- Nice Cooling performance
- Thermal paste pre applied
- Direct SATA powered PUMP
- No RPM monitoring for the PUMP
In our testing the ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler performed good and provided decent thermals with manually overclocked Intel Core i9-9900K up to 5.1GHz. AIO form factor is fully compatible with any case supporting 240mm AIO cooler. Included ARGB LEDs / Fan controller and two 120mm Antec ARGB PWM fans make whole package very attractive.
Now the ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB CPU Cooler comes in new pump design with pump installed inside the top section of the radiator making CPU block very light weighted and easy to install that is good, but only one thing that is bugging me a lot is that the pump is powered directly via a SATA power connector, which means that pump will be running at 100% all the time. Also please notice that there is no RPM header in this cooler so no way to monitor pump's speed or warn the system that pump is running or dead.
Finally, the ANTEC Neptune 240 ARGB 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler is nice designed cooler with ARGB LEDS and offers good thermal performance but due to Direct SATA powered PUMP we do not recommend it as for same price or so there are many options available.