CLC = everything included, permanently sealed. When choosing the best CPU cooler for your needs, consider the following: For much more detail on how to choose the right cooler (and cooler type) check out our CPU cooler buying guide. Replaced it with NH-D15 few months ago because I started to get scared of Kühler breaking down. I refuse to touch any software from a consumer PC hardware manufacturer unless absolutely necessary. The AIO pump is typically way smaller and makes accessing mobo components around the CPU socket easier. Hey guys, Just looking at cooling options for my new build (i5 3570k CPU & 7950 GPU). We'll only revisit really that video card and the counterexample if there's some dramatic failure because you don't typically, as a user or as someone in media, really go back to talk about something if it's "Well, it's been in a system and it's working fine." Maybe I'll try an AIO for my next build. I reach 49c on my 1080 Ti with a Morpheus cooler and two ML120 fans. that make an air cooler much simpler overall. Best Big Air CPU Cooler: Deepcool Assassin III, Best Mid-size Air CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M, Best AMD Threadripper Air CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S, Best Budget Air CPU Cooler: be quiet! Best Power Supplies. [GN]Liquid Cooling vs. Air Cooling Benchmark In-Depth (NH-D15, NZXT X62, & More), http://www.coolingtechnique.com/recensioni/air-cooling/ventole.html, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAMxZgvves. If you’re tight on budget, you will have to go for an air CPU cooler. Better fans will help a lot in a real use scenario. TL; DW, liquid is slightly better per dollar and per normalized noise than air. Someone needs to develop supercritical fluid cooling so we can hate on both sides. [–]VenditatioDelendaEst 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (2 children), the air it's blowing into the case helps move GPU heat out the back of the case as well. [–]iopq 39 points40 points41 points 9 months ago (37 children), [–]Gaffots 33 points34 points35 points 9 months ago (35 children). You know what, that's probably true. The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing (Featuring LGR). I had to replace the fans about a year ago. To put it into perspective, in the FPU load tests on the overclocked 6700K, it's just 2°C behind the Noctua NH-D15. What dramatic clock difference do you see by 5 C more at 60 C ? The act of switching from air to liquid cooling represents a personal milestone in one’s computer-building life. With products like the FUMA around, I have to wonder if AiOs (especially larger 240mm or 360mm models) make sense at all outside of itx builds (or hobbyists wanting supreme performance). One of the biggest enemies of all desktop computers is heat. However, liquid cooling a PC can also be dangerous if water leaks onto hardware. Sizes: 120mm. I think these coolers won't have just a 5 C difference across the entire range, honestly. Compatible … if true. And there's an obvious reason for that, too: when we review a video card, it's a one-off instance. by companies who should never be writing software. Also, my 1080ti is over here at like 45c under full load, so that's pretty nice. If you’re unsure whether you want air cooling or a liquid-cooled AIO, there are a few things to consider. [–]Luxurious_Foam 3 points4 points5 points 9 months ago (1 child). It's metal at that point. It's purely aesthetics. [–]Luxurious_Foam 8 points9 points10 points 9 months ago* (4 children). But if you trust that, it means the CPU must be putting out an appreciable amount of power, which makes the 0 K Δ on the GPU implausible. delivers on that pedigree at such a pleasing price point with the Pure Rock 2, it's an undeniable recommendation for serious system builders on any budget. It punches above its cooling class, delivering excellent temps for its $59.99 MSRP. [–]WakeXT 17 points18 points19 points 9 months ago (2 children). Problem with this is that it is not always possible. They did not, but they did make a video quite some time ago where they were showing some testing procedure development. I have the Liquid Freezer 240 and I was able to find the stats that it is able to dissipate 300 Watts TDP. [–]pakeco -1 points0 points1 point 9 months ago* (4 children). ;) Depending on the needs - you pick what suits you best. How does the noise compare with a GPU running? Just one more question. Basically, you need to position the AIO such that the highest point of the radiator is higher than all of the tubing and the pump block itself. I keep the massive bulky noctua on my dedicated server tucked away. Failure rates: same, would be very curious. [–]wankthisway 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (0 children). [–]wankthisway 53 points54 points55 points 9 months ago (70 children). Huge heatsinks also look cool as hell. Steve goes over this in other GN videos. [–]wankthisway 7 points8 points9 points 9 months ago (0 children). Currently I'm still rocking H80i for cooling my i7-4770 from 2014 back then. This includes both posts and comments. I can answer some questions, as a recent Noctua NH-U14S owner -> Corsair H80i V2 (two wildly different builds). Nah, but it's a thing where he mentions it like every other video where he works with aio's. The most common failure will be pump failure, but even that isn't that common. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAMxZgvves, [–]VenditatioDelendaEst 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago* (0 children). The value advantage could be important to current builders hoping to save money by using AMD's previous generation 2000-series parts. Thats plasma. No submissions to streaming sites outside of event megathreads. So yeah, your CPU would be cooled a lot better but the thing that's likely impacting your game performance most (the GPU) will be hotter and slower, edit: consider that today's GPUs are very much thermally limited, they are automatically clocked as high as the drivers think they can go depending on how hot they are. Why would you care if your max. I don't think there's any way I'll swap my Dark Rock Pro 4 for any AIOs. Where are the Hyper 212 and the like? Those pumps can’t pass water fast enough or in large quantities as truly needed for extended use. While air coolers dissipate heat by using direct contact between heat pipes and processor, All-In-One (AIO) coolers use a coolant to transfer the heat from a processor to radiator. This fans also never spin at 100%. Best Budget Air Cooler Alternative: Arctic Freezer 34 Esports Duo Kraken x62 still going strong, I see. I imagine at that kind of heat output (i.e., pinning a 240/280/360 CLC at 90 C is extreme), then the air coolers would fall further behind (10 C to 15 C worse). It's a solid low-priced, low-noise cooler at around the same price as the Pure Rock 2, with a simplified installation compared to previous models. No worries. Thank you! But one of the advantages for liquid cooling is that it's all standardized. Also not everyone really hears pump noise, some one might not hear anything but I hear that really piercing high pitch always. why is swiftech water cooler included here ? [–]some_craic_dealer 1 point2 points3 points 9 months ago (4 children). [–]lamg4 18 points19 points20 points 9 months ago (0 children). IIRC, I think NZXT Asetek rep had a GN interview where they claimed ~1% failure rates on AIOs. Probably turned off all the power saving features too, lol.) No, I mean, all the testing is done on open test benches where the fans on the AIO only have to push the air through the rad. I enjoy building in sff because it’s fun to figure out how to achieve the best temps. You plug it and it's now working. The intake is outside air and the exhaust is outside air: you can't beat that. That’s the only liquid cooling that will guarantee very low temps over an extended period. You will receive a verification email shortly. [–]aSc4rYGh0sT 6 points7 points8 points 9 months ago (4 children). The notion that full size cases have better temps than sff isn’t true anymore. Even more amazing is that it does so with roughly the same noise profile, making the Scythe Fuma a fearsome offering in that it doesn't sacrifice a low-noise operation for its exceptional price-to-performance ratio. :(, [–]EmperorCanadian 7 points8 points9 points 9 months ago (0 children). it’s not unreasonable to replace a cooler once every 6-7 years. I think this is the only reason I am going to keep sticking with AIO solutions for now. [–]Blacky-Noir 2 points3 points4 points 9 months ago (0 children), That's probably the single realistic advantage of liquid cooling here for most pc users, and it's not covered in the video :(, [–]Atemu12 2 points3 points4 points 9 months ago (2 children), Yeah I whish I could do that on my air cooler, [–]Seniruh 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (1 child). A cpu will run the same whether at 20C or ~85C, so I don't see how it really matters. [–]wankthisway 12 points13 points14 points 9 months ago (5 children). Memes, direct image links, and low effort content will be removed. The person that did the testing on there is now doing fan testing for TechPowerUp, which is nice, but gone are the neat comparison graphs and instead, bar charts are used. But I've not seen 3-5 years for every AIO as some "blanket" rule. [–]bitch_fitching 5 points6 points7 points 9 months ago (0 children). Nothing too surprising. It's not very often an entry level cooler impresses me as much as the Scythe Fuma has. [–]wankthisway 1 point2 points3 points 9 months ago (0 children), [–]-protonsandneutrons- 29 points30 points31 points 9 months ago* (13 children), "Extreme permeation" is expected at 6+ years, not 3-5 years, noted by GN. Is a cooler that keeps the cpu at 60C really better than a cooler that keeps it at 65C at the same noise level? maybe see if these AIO can be even better without better fans. [–]derider -3 points-2 points-1 points 9 months ago (6 children). I think in the long term I am going to get the most value from the Noctua. I had an AIO from Corsair for a year or two but replaced it quickly with an NHD-15, it's cooler, quiter, cheaper and I don't have to even think about it. [–]some_craic_dealer 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (2 children). As far as I can tell, it's entirely superficial, so not a huge issue. [–]Evokovil 2 points3 points4 points 9 months ago (1 child), /u/-protonsandneutrons- The thermalbench reviewer writes for techpowerup now I think or did last year when I was looking for fans, [–]-protonsandneutrons- 0 points1 point2 points 8 months ago (0 children). Pure Rock 2, We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices, Intel Rocket Lake-S CPU Skyrockets to 6.9 GHz Under Liquid Nitrogen, Thermaltake's Tower 100 Mini Is a True Showcase, EVGA Demos Liquid-Cooled GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N Hydro Copper, Phytium Develops Eight-Core ARM CPU for Desktops, Thermaltake's Trio of CPU Coolers Tame The Toughest Of CPUs. You want the best CPU cooler you can get, whether you’re aiming for  world-record overclocks or just a PC that doesn’t get loud under load. So we don't make videos talking about how all of our test benches and all of our production systems have been using liquid coolers since basically forever. [–]some_craic_dealer 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (0 children). [–]Luxurious_Foam 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (1 child). Thanks, can't watch the videeo atm. I've been using it for about 1.5 years. And It seems there is not a huge price leap from high end air CPU cooling and the H100.....so are there any benchmark number for H100 Vs Thermalright/Noctua? Air Cooling vs. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. But no. This. Air cooling vs. (Could be the "5 GHz at 1.4something V". In a custom loop you can just drain and fix. They can also be louder and less efficient at moving heat away from your choice of CPU and out of the chassis, though that’s not always the case. [–]DerHeftigeDruck 7 points8 points9 points 9 months ago (0 children). [–]Krunkkracker 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (0 children). [–]-protonsandneutrons- 1 point2 points3 points 9 months ago (0 children). Their deployments are in the millions and include extreme environments, extreme cold or extreme heat. Really excited for that one as I've been really eyeing that cooler since it released. [–]Gaffots 6 points7 points8 points 9 months ago* (23 children). [–]ASuarezMascareno 1 point2 points3 points 9 months ago (4 children). It was pretty noisy though, so I've been happy with my recent switch to air. Discussion[GN]Liquid Cooling vs. Air Cooling Benchmark In-Depth (NH-D15, NZXT X62, & More) (youtu.be), [–]kryish 84 points85 points86 points 9 months ago (10 children). ', 'Does a ____ do what I need? LGR - The smallest Windows PC in 1995 was also a Phone! I mean obviously there's justified reasons for leaving a machine on 24/7(you need remote access or are mining or folding or something), but the electricity costs are real and people are ignorant about them. The best air cooler vs. the best liquid cooler – analyzed, benchmarked, noise and temperatures tested, and final winner(s?) /r/hardware is not the place to come for help of any kind. People just think it's common because of confirmation bias. OC running a 9900K(S) can be 200 MHz higher with a custom loop vs high end air cooling even if you aren't running into thermal throttling territory, just because OC stability decreases with higher temperatures. Heatpipes are limited in the wattage they can transfer, so past a certain point the effectiveness of an air cooler will plummet. Often used in sports, [–]RealLifeHunter 0 points1 point2 points 9 months ago (0 children). No bots. Offering performance so close to Noctua's flagship is nothing to scoff at. Maybe a topic for another video. [–]Orelha1 2 points3 points4 points 9 months ago (0 children). AIO cooling is a form of liquid cooling where it contains pressurized coolant inside of the loop. If you’re unsure whether you want air cooling or a liquid-cooled AIO, there are a few things to consider. In lowest TDP bracket (up to 100W) air and AiO coolers with single radiator 120mm range have same capabilities cooling wise. [–]Cozmo85 3 points4 points5 points 9 months ago (0 children). Dimensions: 158.8 x 120.1 x 63.5mm | Base Height: 38.1.1mm | Weight: 20.8oz (590g) | Fans: (1) 120 x 25mm | Socket Support: AMD AM3(+), AM4, Intel 115x, 2011x, 2066 | Warranty: 3 years. Why? With slightly better cooling and slightly lower noise than the above Arctic model, Noctua's NH-U12A becomes the premium choice for buyers who aren't afraid to pay big dollars for small gains. That video clarified a long asked question and I'm thankful for it. I've not been able to find the cooling capacity on these coolers. I assume if its just CPU temp and you can fit 360 - then yes. For Threadripper air cooling, this cooler checks all the boxes for enthusiasts and overclockers alike. I've just tried both and the differences between good after-market air cooled cards and water cooled cards were neglegible. [–]ASuarezMascareno 21 points22 points23 points 9 months ago (1 child). Not really. Metal that contains a vacuum and subject to heat cycling. Heat cycling (i.e., expansion) of copper is also nothing. (GN)Scythe FUMA 2 CPU Air Cooler Review: Thermals, Noise, Pressure, & Effici... Adata Teams Up with Gigabyte & MSI for 64GB DDR5-8400 Memory Modules, AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Cezanne "Zen3" CPU tested - higher single-threaded score, problems with multi-threading - VideoCardz.com. You never need to think about them or worry about replacing them. I don't want to rag on this particular video, but what it fails to consider is how garbage the included fans on CLC's are and that when you stick the AIO in the case, you're introducing further airflow restrictions. Comparably priced AIOs in the table seemed to perform equally. Yeah it’s why I don’t really build in mainstream desktop cases anymore. Pairing that thermal performance with low noise makes it our choice for air-cooling big CPUs, with great looks and easy installation qualifying as bonuses. Incomplete AMD and Intel CPU socket support, Thermal probe provides thermal load display via RGB lighting, Fans kick up a bit more noise than others by comparison, Tall cooler height poses compatibility issues in smaller cases, Thermal performance trails off at low fan speeds, Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3707693/cooling.html. Interesting. The NZXT Kraken X62 is an AIO CLC (closed liquid cooler); that's like the iMac. The thing that pushes me away from AIOs is the maintenance / lifespan of them. This includes 'What should I buy? Liquid cooling is capable of absorbing more heat than the standard air-cooling system. Nice. I would imagine it's the same as the GPU is louder, but does anyone have a good source on this? don't attempt to saw your heat pipes and don't buy bad cooler with bad heatpipes. Choosing between air cooler and AIO liquid cooler can be quite confusing for buyers. I’d take the 3M novec cooling solution though. Air cooling wins in pretty much every way here. Running a custome loop with the same parts for ~10 years, nothing needed replacement so far. The Pros and Cons of Liquid Cooling a CPU. Best water cooling kit for very small builds. [–]Aggrokid 5 points6 points7 points 9 months ago (0 children). Thank God, no. Wouldn't that problem get exaggerated behind a panel/mesh? Anything can fail, but will you even notice? [–]VenditatioDelendaEst 7 points8 points9 points 9 months ago (5 children). IMO, it’s not unreasonable to replace a cooler once every 6-7 years. The Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 provides whisper-quiet cooling with big league thermal performance – the kind of overclocked Threadripper performance that sneaks into quality 360 AIO cooling performance. AIO sometimes is used incorrectly to mean "CLC", but that's not quite accurate and can cause confusion. Oh sorry, I meant the first part; being able to set the fan speed based on the heat conductor's temperature. But...how is a radiator adding "further airflow restrictions"? Again, the liquid cooled GPU did not have to run the fans on 100% and yet it remained cool and the stable overclock brought a 20% increase in performance. And while these cheaper coolers will be outperformed, they'll still deliver admirable performance and extreme longevity, similar to other air coolers. NY 10036. Yeah I hate how a lot of cases limit their usefulness in order to be a couple of cm smaller. The look: same. Turns out it's usually the pump that just meekly dies out first. I think /u/wankthisway is talking about CLCs; the Aurora 280 is an AIO (i.e,. Supercritical is a state halfway between liquid and gas. I understand the larger the radiator and more fans equal more cooling capacity, but it would be nice to see how much each is able to cool. For one, I don't have a need and can't justify spending more than 50€ on a cooler and CLCs at that pricepoint are garbage. Do the AIOs move the hot air efficiently outside the cage? Most homes aren’t well cooled for that radiator to work as hoped. [–]-protonsandneutrons- 4 points5 points6 points 9 months ago (1 child). [–]Luxurious_Foam -1 points0 points1 point 9 months ago (3 children). Plus with water flowing too fast, the molecules heat up anyway. [+]87gsodfybsdfhvgbkdfh comment score below threshold-8 points-7 points-6 points 9 months ago (1 child). thanks. 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