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Is Water Cooling really much quieter than Air Cooling?

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April 11, 2012 4:22:13 PM

I am a hardware geek, its one of my favorite subjects but the only thing I havent yet tried is Watercooling.
I have a 2500K@4.3Ghz with Scythe Mine Rev.B CPU cooler and 2 Gtx570 in SLI with Inno3D 3 fan coolers @ 850/2050, along with a top 120mm case fan and a side 120mm case fan. The rig makes a considerable amount of noise, specially while gaming. I´ve been thinking about building my first WC loop (cpu+gpu´s), not because I need more overclock but to reduce the overall noise.

- Do you guys know, by experience, if the noise will be greatly reduce if I decide to replace my air cooling with a water cooling kit?

Thanks for your input.
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a b K Overclocking
April 11, 2012 4:53:02 PM

well in my opinion yes, this can be done and water cooling is a way to do it, and it is a lot of fun.
a c 324 K Overclocking
April 11, 2012 4:56:08 PM

Much of this really depends on what your idea of quiet is...this is pretty debatable as every person is going to have a little different opinion on this. Most of this will depend on what radiators you use and in turn, the fans for those radiators. A fan controller never hurts either.
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a b K Overclocking
April 11, 2012 8:08:39 PM

Watercooling is able to be quieter than air cooling because the heat transfer via a radiator is much better than the heat transfer using air directly on the chip.
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 11, 2012 11:45:53 PM

quiet doesn't equate to good temps, unless you're using a big rad to dissipate heat passively.
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