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Hi,

So I think this warrants a thread as I cant seem to find the exact answer to my thought process here, so let me tell you the limitations I have.

This is for a PC that will go in a cart for work on TV/Film sets, so it will be bumped around a bit and reliability is a top concern. My guess is this counts out open loop water cooling in the first instance.

I am also using a Silverstone SS-GD08 - this case strikes the exact balance between good cooling ability, rack mountable (a must), and size/weight. I spent a lot of time looking, and I cant find anything else that comes close. The relatively compact internals here is another no-no for open loop.

The bad news is there is a 7960X going in there, which I would like to OC as much as possible - but I am aware of the heat issue and "as much as possible" means just that, the CPU is non negotiable and open loop seems out of the question, so I'll stop once I reach my thermal limit.

So I am looking for an AIO closed loop, I can fit a dual fan in there like the Corsair H105/Kraken X62. What is the best?

At the moment I am leaning toward the Kraken X62. Its performance compared to it dB level seems pretty hard to beat - am I thinking along the right lines?

TL/DR - What is the best AIO closed loop cooler for cooling an OC'd 7960x with max 240 width

edit: just realised the X62 is a 280mm cooler - so will have to investigate if this fits, but keeping it in consideration for now. Although there are a lot of reports about bad pumps, so might count it out entirely.
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    If a closed AIO loop is your only option then let me ask you.. Did you already purchase this Silverstone SS-GD08 or have it in possession? Because you still have options for larger AIO cooler if you can use a different case. That case is quite expensive (+- $150) for an outdated case that doesn't fully support radiators. I'd start with getting a case that supports at least 1 x 360mm radiator. That or if your case is non-negotiable too then just get an Corsair H100i v2 and call it a day - Just my 2 cents.

    There are several AIO 360mm options like the following:

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm AIO Enthusiast Liquid Cooling System CPU Cooler

    DEEPCOOL CAPTAIN 360EX All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler with 360mm Radiator

    Fractal Design Celsius S36 360mm Silent High Performance Slim Expandable All-In-One CPU Liquid / Water Cooler

    ARCTIC COOLING Liquid Freezer 360, ACFRE00022A, All-in-One CPU Cooler with Ultimate Performance
  2. Hey,

    I ordered it but it can be returned, however having done a lot of research I cannot find a better case for the job that is rack-mountable (or would fit on a rack shelf securely), my cart is a 17U rackmount - that means the computer space is roughly 19" wide by 20" deep, and it can't be much taller than the GD08 at about 7" lest it take up too much room in the rack. Although this leaves about 4" in depth to play with it is valuable for cable management at the rear of the PC.

    Is the H100iv2 a better buy over the H105?
  3. mega maniac said:
    Hey,

    I ordered it but it can be returned, however having done a lot of research I cannot find a better case for the job that is rack-mountable (or would fit on a rack shelf securely), my cart is a 17U rackmount - that means the computer space is roughly 19" wide by 20" deep, and it can't be much taller than the GD08 at about 7" lest it take up too much room in the rack. Although this leaves about 4" in depth to play with it is valuable for cable management at the rear of the PC.

    Is the H100iv2 a better buy over the H105?


    OP I'm sure there's a case that will work with 360mm and fit your needs you just gotta find it. There's thousands of cases out there sorry can't help you there xD

    Anyway the H100i v2 and H105 are pretty much the same. The ONLY difference is that the H105 has more flexibility - The tubing can be twisted/turned around for flexibility. H100i v2 tubing design is pretty stiff/stationary.
  4. Cheers, perhaps there is but it has eluded me thus far.

    Either way, although expensive at £150, it is a drop in a very expensive ocean as the build is costing me over £4k (although its a business purchase, so less if you remove the VAT). If I come across something better in the future that can fit a 360mm then I'll happily switch it out :)

    Found an open-box H100i v2 for £60 so think thats answered my question anyhow so cheers!
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