Originally Posted by Crabid
My thoughts exactly, doesn't sound very accurate to me, the sketchy details only make me think the test was heavily biased.
Come to think of it, I've seen people say high end air cooling is better than that seal liquid unit, so by that reckoning high end air > high end water...
Well I have to say that those high end air coolers are pretty much done right out of the box. If you don't like the temps there isn't a lot you can do to them to bring the Celsius down.
Whereas the H50 gives you a little more you can do to bring the Celsius down. My personal experience is that I was able to lower my temps by lapping the contact plate. Most High End Air Coolers are already lapped or the thin walled heat pipes are exposed and don't lend themselves well to lapping.
The single fan can be replaced with dual fans of any variety and speeds. But the fans that have a solid static pressure as you well know will give the better results. This logic does not apply to Air Coolers.
Air coolers only mount 2 ways. Exhaust or Intake and cannot be mounted away from the CPU. Whereas the all in one setups can be mounted away from the MoBo to rid the system of the heat without being overtaxed by increasing temps from say a Fermi. This allows better cooling imho.
Most air coolers are also not able to run a shroud on them backing the fan off the vanes and allowing more flow to cross the surfaces of those vanes.
Those high end coolers however are aided by running them in Exhaust in the direction of an Exhausting fan. Which helps them tremendously.
I don't think the H50 or the Antec Kuhler or any all in one is the greatest cooler. But the High End Air Coolers are not that much better than an all in one cooler. My