It would be one thing if it were a case of "you can't go wrong either way" but to be honest, you're laying out a lot of extra cash for the H100 to get the same performance of a high-end air cooler, but with the added bonus of more noise and more points of failure. If a fan goes bad on an air cooler, the unit itself is still there, cooling things down albeit with lower efficiency. If any one part goes bad on a CLC, that's the ballgame. You may be able to RMA the unit and get back up to speed, but if you want to use your machine while that process plays out, you'll either have to dig your stock cooler out of the trash or go out and get a stopgap... that's provided the CLC didn't take anything else out with it when it failed. For a difference of 0-3 degrees at any delta, why even bother with it?
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3/28/12 at 7:54am