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Corsair H70 or Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme

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February 24, 2011 1:59:23 AM

I am running E8400, want to replace the Inter cpu cooler to Corsair H70 watercooling or Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme,
can anyone give me some suggestion?
thx
a c 330 K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 12:23:50 PM

H70 is not watercooling. It's an average-performing, closed loop 'liquid cooler'...this differs from watercooling.

What is your budget? Under $120, stick with a good air cooler.

Mountains of watercooling info in the links in my signature.
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a b K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 12:58:22 PM

Yes like rubix said if your going to go water you might as well get a real water kit.Also those types of liquid cooling have to have the coolant replaced every year or 2.
If your budget is around the $100 range i would reccomend getting the Noctua NH-D14.It performs about the same if not better than the H70.It is big but well worth it.And it can follow you onto your future builds.Make sure it will fit before buying.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 1:05:09 PM

^Are you meaning a real WC loop, or a closed-loop LCS like the H70?

Closed-loop systems 'shouldn't' need to have coolant changed...it's why they are developed and sold as being 'closed'. Opening them up voids any warranty, although there are lots of people that have modded H70's with other waterblocks, reservoirs and bigger radiators. The pump is still pretty weak, and doesn't perform as well better suited watercooling solutions.

For $130, you get into the XSPC Rasa 240 kit that will blow away the H70 in terms of performance.
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a b K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 1:06:52 PM

I must have heard wrong.I was told that after 2 years the coolant in the H50 needs to be replaced or is no longer useable.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 1:10:47 PM

I'd never recommend the H50. The H70 is an improvement and would be the better choice of the two.

It's a matter of physics that liquids will ultimately find a way to get out of a closed loop...it can't be trapped by traditional means forever, and watercooling/LCS are no exception. I've seen some people that modded their H50/H70's and when they opened it up, it looked like brown, cruddy fluid inside...not the green/neon glow the new LCS's seem to have.
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February 24, 2011 2:06:16 PM

rubix_1011 said:
^Are you meaning a real WC loop, or a closed-loop LCS like the H70?

Closed-loop systems 'shouldn't' need to have coolant changed...it's why they are developed and sold as being 'closed'. Opening them up voids any warranty, although there are lots of people that have modded H70's with other waterblocks, reservoirs and bigger radiators. The pump is still pretty weak, and doesn't perform as well better suited watercooling solutions.

For $130, you get into the XSPC Rasa 240 kit that will blow away the H70 in terms of performance.



You mean 165.00?
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 2:13:38 PM

$165? Where do you see that? W/shipping?
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February 24, 2011 6:37:18 PM

thx guys, I think I might just stay with air cooler.
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a b K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 6:46:34 PM

It's probably best.

Goodluck
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a b K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 8:27:50 PM

racermark said:
I am running E8400, want to replace the Inter cpu cooler to Corsair H70 watercooling or Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme,
can anyone give me some suggestion?
thx

In spite of the debate over terminology, either cooler you listed is a much better option than the stock Intel cooler.
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February 24, 2011 8:46:52 PM

XMSYellowbeard said:
In spite of the debate over terminology, either cooler you listed is a much better option than the stock Intel cooler.



Now this I am in total agreement with.
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February 24, 2011 9:44:16 PM

I like my H70. It keeps my cpu at the same temperature as the motherboard at idle and after hours of gaming the cpu has never gone over 40 degrees celsius. I use the resistors that lower the fan speed to near silent running as well. I am running an i5 2500k at 4.6Ghz. Some air coolers perform just as well as the H70. The top end air coolers and the H70 are all within a few degrees of eachother. With the H70 you have the benefit of flexibility of where you put the cooler where a tower cooler does not have that benefit.
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February 24, 2011 9:59:17 PM

And I will tell you that after I put my H70 in I have a lot more access to the RAM and the 5870 that sits right under it. Comparable big air coolers get in the way.
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a c 158 K Overclocking
February 24, 2011 10:32:40 PM

Check out the numbers for yaself here:

H50 / H70 / Kuhler 620 versus best air coolers:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Corsair H50 73.1
Coolit Vantage A.L.C. (extreme) 73.0
Corsair H70 (low) 67.7
Prolimatech Super Mega 67.2
Antec Kühler H2O 620 65.9
Corsair H70 (high) 65.3
Thermalright Venomous X 63.0
Cooler Master V6 GT 61.2

Note: The V6 GT and H70 (on high) are L-O-U-D

With all using same fan

Corsair H50 68.1
Corsair H70 64.7
Coolit ECO A.L.C. 64.3
Cooler Master V6 GT 59.5
Prolimatech Super Mega 59.4
Antec Kühler H2O 620 58.7
Thermalright Venomous X 58.0

Best air coolers on 1155/1156/1366 platform
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Top 3
# Prolimatech Megahalems
# Thermalright Venomous-X RT
# Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100

Best air coolers on LGA 775 platform / AMD K8 platform
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://www.frostytech.com/testmethod_mk2.cfm

Top 3
Spire Thermax Eclipse II
Noctua NH-C14
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 25, 2011 1:23:12 AM

Everyone is entitled to their own hardware choice; I just ask that anyone who comes here do their own homework to determine what's best for them.

I won't spoon-feed anyone; if you have the ability to type up a question on a forum to allow a bunch of total strangers to answer, you would do well for yourself to have already Googled a fair amount of information and have yourself prepared for the discussion that follows.
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a b K Overclocking
February 25, 2011 3:46:42 PM

Noctua NH-C14
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