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Antec Vortex 240 ARGB review: an affordable AIO cooler for the masses

This 240mm AIO liquid CPU cooler is powerful, affordable, and quiet, with full ARGB lighting, plus LGA1700 and AM5 support out of the box.

The Antec Vortex 240 ARGB AIO cooler installed in a white PC case with yellow and orange RGB lights

Our Verdict

The Antec Vortex 240 ARGB is quiet, affordable, and very easy to install. This is a fantastic AIO cooler for the money, and the RGB lighting looks great as well.

Reasons to buy
  • Very quiet pump
  • RGB lighting looks great
  • Easy to install
  • Great value
Reasons to avoid
  • Fans are a little noisy at full speed
  • Cooling abilities aren't stellar
  • No Antec control software

If you don’t want software control or huge radiators inflating the price of your CPU cooler, but still want RGB lighting, low noise, and great cooling, the Antec Vortex 240 ARGB looks like it fits the bill. It’s a 240mm AIO cooler, complete with RGB lighting, but it costs just $85.

However, in a crowded market where there are dozens of products vying for the title of the best AIO cooler, does Antec‘s latest offering live up to the hype?  To answer that question, we’ve put the 240mm AIO through our labs, testing its performance with both Intel and AMD chips, as well as its noise levels.

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The Antec Vortex 240 ARGB specs list is:

Intel sockets supported LGA1700, LGA115x, LGA1200, LGA2011, LGA2066
AMD sockets supported Socket AM5, AM4, AM3
Dimensions with fans (mm) 277 x 120 x 52 (W x D x H)
Fans 2 x 120mm
Stated noise 31dBA
RGB lighting Yes
Extras RGB controller


At a price of just $85 (£81), the Antec Vortex 240 ARGB offers stunning value for what’s on offer. It even includes an RGB controller if you prefer not to use your motherboard’s RGB software. The ARGB lighting looks great too, with vibrant rings on the fans and a very funky holographic ring design on the pump.

Out of the box, the Vortex 240 ARGB is compatible with Intel LGA1700 and AMD Socket AM5 CPU sockets, so there’s no need to purchase additional compatibility kits. It’s simple to install too. A backplate, thumbscrews, and pins are used for Intel motherboards, while owners of AMD Socket AM4 and AM5 boards will make use of the standard socket mounting clips for an even quicker installation.

The Antec Vortex 240 ARGB AIO with its protective cover still on

The pump is powered by a 3-pin fan connector and it’s super quiet, even when it’s running flat out. As such, we recommend making sure it’s running at full speed, even if it means a quick trip to your motherboard’s EFI. The fans, meanwhile, can make use of an included splitter cable to occupy just one 4-pin fan header on your motherboard.

There’s no Antec control software, but there is a small RGB controller that cycles through colors and lighting modes for the pump and fans. You’ll need to manually connect these using their 3-pin connectors, but the controller can also act as a hub and rely on an external input such as your motherboard. You’ll need a spare SATA power connector too.

Intel LGA1700 temperature

With the fans and pump at full speed, we recorded an average temperature of 89°C across the P-cores on our Core i7-13700K test CPU, which was 2°C warmer than the Noctua NH-D15 and 3°C warmer than the NZXT Kraken Elite 360 RGB in its silent mode.

The Antec Vortex 240 AIO cooler on a wood laminate surface

With the much larger and more expensive NZXT cooler in performance mode, it was 9°C cooler than the Antec Vortex 240 ARGB and it also produced less fan noise. However, bear in mind that the Antec costs less than a third of the price of the NZXT cooler. Importantly, this cheap AIO CPU cooler can keep a high-end CPU in check. The Antec Vortex 240 ARGB cooling power isn’t stellar, but it’s surprisingly good for the price.

AMD Socket AM5 temperature

We focus on frequencies rather than temperatures in our Socket AM5 system, as our Ryzen 9 7900X test CPU hits 90°C easily under load at stock settings. The Antec Vortex 240 ARGB performed very well here, keeping most cores at around 5.35GHz and the CPU temperature sitting at 95°C. This was a slightly better result than the Noctua NH-D15, which saw slightly lower frequencies after a minute in our stress test, while the NZXT Kraken Elite 360 RGB managed a similar result in terms of temperature and frequency.

Noise level

The Antec Vortex 240 pump was inaudible above other components in our test system, and at full speed it was much quieter than the one included with the NZXT Kraken Elite 360 RGB. The fans did spin up to reasonable noise levels at full speed, but in our medium load test, which is based on our Intel system using our motherboard’s fan speed control, the noise level of 35dBA was only slightly louder than the system’s idle noise level of 31dBA, with the fans spinning up after 20 seconds or so of moderate load.

The Antex Vortex 240 ARGB AIO cooler installed in a PC with blue RGB lights


Decent cooling, snazzy RGB lighting, and simple installation make the Antec Vortex 240 ARGB price extremely competitive. You can expect to pay a price in the region of $85 (£81) for the cooler.


With a price of just $85, the Antec Vortex 240 ARGB offers fantastic value for an AIO cooler. It’s cheaper than the likes of the Noctua NH-D15, as well as lots of competing 140mm AIO coolers with RGB lighting, and it still has decent cooling power.

It can tame the likes of the Core i7-13700K and Ryzen 9 7900X, it has great RGB lighting, and it also has a very quiet pump. Its noise is also unobtrusive at low to medium CPU loads, with its fans only becoming noticeable in extreme situations. If you don’t have a huge amount of money to spend on your CPU cooler, this is a great and very good-looking option.

If the Antec Vortex 240 ARGB isn’t quite right for your needs, make sure you read our full guide to the best CPU cooler, where we take you through all the best options at a range of prices, from sub-$50 air coolers to 360mm premium AIO models.