Originally Posted by Zero4549
They're smaller, easier to keep clean, and can exhaust all heat directly out of the case instead of into it. Pretty much everyone who makes them will cover your parts from damage assuming you don't modify the thing and they are super easy to install compared to the giant heat-sinks that get similar performance. Since everyone and their mom swaps out fans on anything anyway, noise is a non issue and they cost the same. And unlike a monster heatsink, these guys don't take up your entire case interior or pummel your socket to death if installed with slightly too much force.
1) a Rad would be hell to clean compared to a HSF.
2) 4-6 retention bolts for most air coolers in one location, 8 for the all in one in two locations. Sounds harder to install to me, but then again there's nothing wrong with making things harder for yourself.
3) For best results it has been recommended that with these all in ones are set in a way that it draws cool air from the back of the case and dumps into the case.
4) None of those kits beat the top air coolers out of the box at all, only after fitting them with better fans in push pull nets results similar or beat the air coolers. Now with that, it drives the price of the original kit dramatically up, to the point that you would be better off getting the RASA kits and beat both.
5) I am guessing that the fan included would be of decent RPM's, I wonder how it would compare with the:
NF-P12 19-20 dBA
NF-P14 FLX ''
TY-140 17-21 dBA
I do have to agree on the case real-estate point you made about the air coolers, but as for being to heavy for mobo's. That is so not the case.