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Air v.s liquid cooling

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December 4, 2010 2:49:44 PM

Hi I want to know which is the best cooling systems air or liquid.

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December 4, 2010 2:59:43 PM

Liquid, but its pretty hard to setup, much more expensive, and the risks involved is much greater than air. It also needs regular maintenance.
December 4, 2010 3:01:42 PM

Well define best... LN2 will get the coldest readings, while phase change does a pretty good job with sub ambient temperatures. Of coarse a good liquid cooling system will outperform an air cooled setup. That does however come at a price both in the wallet and in maintenance.

Cheap water coolers usually aren't worth the money VS high end air. A 250 dollar Swiftech setup will smoke a 50 dollar air cooler, but is 200 dollars more.

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December 4, 2010 3:07:55 PM

Liquid cooling is more efficient than air cooling.
December 4, 2010 4:16:12 PM

+1 to sportsfanboy

he's referring to the Swiftech H20-220EGDE kit

air cooling:
good cooling will mean high cfm fans=lots-a-noise

larger coolers=clearance issues with other parts+they tend to spew the hot air to other heat producing/OC sensitive components


getting a larger rad will reduce the number of fans=low noise, near silence

low cfm fans can be used if the rad is thicker

higher headroom for OC's

heck! maintaining it'll be just like fishing on a Sunday :p , don't like fishing ? then stay away from liquid cooling

* risks are everywhere, even while assemblig your own rig, there's a chance of shorting out your components - but the prevention to it is research.