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CPU Cooling: Hydro or Fan?

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December 7, 2010 11:19:38 PM

Not sure whether I should stick with a fan cooler or switch to either H50 or H70 from Corsair.

Ive heard of leaking horror stories from hydro coolers so im not sure if its worth it or not.

What do you think?

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December 8, 2010 12:46:44 AM

Not worth the risk of leaks to me; you can get as good temps with air. e.g. CM hyper 212+.
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December 8, 2010 12:41:53 PM

The H50s & H70s don't perform any better than cheaper air coolers in terms of cooling or noise so there is no good reason to get one, except maybe they may be neater in your case or not block RAM slots.
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December 8, 2010 1:21:21 PM

Always entertaining.
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December 8, 2010 1:25:02 PM

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i theory of pumping fluid inside a case that holds an electronic board just baffles me...
i guess it's for those you like to have unit living on the edge of destruction.
not for me.


This is very true if you buy crappy gear or don't know how to set up good watercooling. If this applies to anyone, then they really shouldn't be surprised when it happens.

I've watercooled for 8+ years and only lost a video card...which was promptly replaced by EVGA. This was my fault; not the setup, or the components. I simply tried to replace a clamp without taking the best precautions.
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December 8, 2010 1:56:22 PM

That's fine. Different solutions for different needs.

They make the Chevy Aveo and the Corvette for the same reasons...both technically perform the same function (getting you from point A to point B), but in very different ways.
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December 9, 2010 5:36:56 AM

Ok. I just bought the TT Frio from newegg. Tech guy at my job recommended it because it shouldnt interfere with corsair dominator's tall heatsinks. I hope he's right.

What ya'll think about the Frio?
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December 9, 2010 1:07:35 PM

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better units for less..



Yet to find one, Frio is a very good cooler. To answer the first post I have just taken off my H50 with a 240 Rad and 4 fans push/pull and replaced it with a Frio and have had a substantial heat drop :D  And far cheaper than the Water Loop
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December 9, 2010 2:20:29 PM

kerno said:
Yet to find one, Frio is a very good cooler. To answer the first post I have just taken off my H50 with a 240 Rad and 4 fans push/pull and replaced it with a Frio and have had a substantial heat drop :D  And far cheaper than the Water Loop

You had problems, the Frio can't outperform a properly functioning LCS with a 240 rad.
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December 9, 2010 2:29:16 PM

^+1

Good air coolers perform on par with closed loop 'LCS' coolers, like the H50/H70.

A full water loop will trump either when properly configured and installed.
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December 10, 2010 5:09:38 AM

Best answer selected by fsumack86.
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December 10, 2010 1:04:56 PM

Not really? I beg to differ...
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December 11, 2010 12:14:34 PM

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You had problems, the Frio can't outperform a properly functioning LCS with a 240 rad.



No problems at all the LCS is a good system and fitted correctly and is more than good enough at stock clocks. I just find air is better for me in my system its a good 10c cooler than the water loop running an I7 @ 4.2

I am sure a full cost system will cool better with high flow pumps large reservoir etc etc and I would love one but at what cost £30+ notes for an air cooler is expensive but you do get a lot of performance for your money and a bit more noise it has to be said.
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December 11, 2010 12:26:00 PM

kerno said:
No problems at all the LCS is a good system and fitted correctly and is more than good enough at stock clocks. I just find air is better for me in my system its a good 10c cooler than the water loop running an I7 @ 4.2

Once again, an H50 properly setup with a 240 rad cannot , will not be outperformed by an aircooler.
You had problems.
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December 11, 2010 12:58:03 PM

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Once again, an H50 properly setup with a 240 rad cannot , will not be outperformed by an aircooler.
You had problems.


Look I am not going to argue with you, The loop was installed with the best thermal paste and checked and rechecked. I have been doing this for 20 years or so, so I know what I am doing. If you have experienced different then thats fine, but why would I lie? I answered to try and help the person that asked the question make an informed decision form my experiences, maybe I had a faulty unit who knows but the air solution for me in a HAF 932 case works better.
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December 11, 2010 1:25:18 PM

delluser1 said:
Once again, an H50 properly setup with a 240 rad cannot , will not be outperformed by an aircooler.
You had problems.


"Always entertaining." :na: 
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December 11, 2010 1:34:47 PM

ortoklaz said:
"Always entertaining." :na: 

And gets better with age.
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December 11, 2010 2:22:01 PM

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