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post #1 of 44
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Just wondering how water helped keeping your chip cool.
Post set-up, temperature difference and if the upgrade was worth it or not.

For my part,

Ambient is 16°C

Air:
348

Water:
525

I just did a reseat and gained 1°C on load (max temp is 45°C) redface.gif

Just ran lynx to have max temperature (after 2 passes it's maxed).

I have a good 8°C of difference and this is only at 4Ghz.

I am a bit disappointed as I am running with two MCR320 (yes overkill). I really wanted the set-up to beat my NH-D14 which is performing quite well.
Edited by Just a nickname - 2/3/12 at 8:22pm
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post #2 of 44
my chip has always been underwater. but i doubt any air can keep my i7 at 64*c under 100% load at 4.5ghz
    
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post #3 of 44
Water cooling is such a jump from crappy stock cooling. I shaved several degrees off of my temps, and I just use an H80, some people with custom water cooling loops have much better temps than I do.
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post #4 of 44
I saw about a 8-10c drop in temps vs my old nh d14. The d14 is a top notch air cooler. In my case it was worth it, as those 8-10c helped me reach much higher clocks.
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post #5 of 44
i shaved anywhere from 15-20c from stock air to water. there are a ton of other factors too man. case air flow, fans, pump and rads.
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post #6 of 44
Images too small. Can you post the temps.
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post #7 of 44
for you..i'd say yes! :thumb.gif: you shaved almost 10c off of your cores!
for me..it's not going so well
chip's getting up to 65c under prime with only 1.39v frown.gif
(i just cleaned my block..thought it would be better)
Edited by Schmuckley - 2/3/12 at 5:46pm
 
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post #8 of 44
A decent water loop provides the best temps no doubt even over good air coolers but there is also a huge difference between stock air and a good air cooler... I'm pleased with my H100 temps and don't find it very necessary to go with a real water loop at the voltages I'm using. It's not the best performance but I wanted something that was relatively maintenance free and only spent $70 on my H100 (So it was a little cheaper than the water cooling) biggrin.gif Doesn't mean I would say water cooling isn't worth it... It's just not what I chose.
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post #9 of 44
It was definitely worth it for me, but not in teh way you might think. For many people water cooling starts out as a project. Something they want to try. Once its all set up you can set back and look back at your rig and say "Ha. I did that"

My temp difference was over 15c and that was using a Tuniq Tower extreme 120. I was able to reach higher clocks as well as lower my voltage a bit.
post #10 of 44
Is it worth it? Depends on how you define worth.

On a $/°C basis no, not even slightly. Actually on that basis there is no form of cooling that beats the stock cooler; it is free after all.

On a $/OC basis, maybe. Your OC depends more on your chip than anything else, one might do a 1GHz OC on air whereas one might not even manage 0.5GHz on water. It is really dependant on the limiting factor of your OC.

Then we come on to things like silence. My PC is currently running BOINC on the CPU and GPU and is quieter then my GF's laptop when it is browsing. Not sure how you would quantify the worth of that, it is really an individual thing, but I don't think anyone would prefer a noisier system over a quieter one if all else was equal.

There is also e-peen, looks and entertainment value. I have enjoy almost every minute of building, upgrading and using my loop, for me it is worth it for that reason alone.

So really the only person who can say it was worth it is you; no one else is qualified.
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