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post #11 of 32
It's pretty uncommon, but it does happen. If you've decided a self-contained water cooler is what you want, I recommend the Corsair units, they have an outstanding warranty and will definitely take care of you if you have problems.
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another vote for the H80 the best of both world

the H100 is great if your case has space for it

but the H80 is like dirt cheap compared to Full "real" H2O loops and not much expensive than a good quality Air HSF like Zalman for example

i only paid 69.99 for a brand new H80

LOL biggrin.gif i was originally shopping for an Air HSF for my 3960x, but there are no good HSF for 2011 LGA yet, and of the ones available they are either ginormous or but ugly with not even copper HS
Right next to the to HSF shelf there was the Corsair / Antec H2O section, and when i saw the prices i was like WOAH! might as well go for one of these, since they actually support LGA 2011

it was a breeze to install, while i had heck of a hard time trying to install LGA 1366 HSF onto the mobo, as they (ASUS) claim old 1366 LGA HSF are compatible B.S. i tried 4 different kinds, all high quality brand names, and none of them worked.
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post #13 of 32
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I've actually been thinking of picking up one of the smaller coolers...what is the likely ness that the pump fails?

It may fail after 5 year or so, depending on its MTBF.

Generally, make sure the pump runs at 100%. Either plug the pump directly to the PSU or PWR_FAN on the motherboard.
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If its a few years old or you notice the pump motor RPM start to drop, it's time to replace.. Tho rare but If you worry that the plastic tubing might crack one day after ageing and it'll pour coolant on the GPU/MB, then go with a air cooler..

I have my pump plugged into the CPU header and the motherboard to "shut down" if RPM signal falls below 700, since the pump runs at 1400..
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If its a few years old or you notice the pump motor RPM start to drop, it's time to replace.. Tho rare but If you worry that the plastic tubing might crack one day after ageing and it'll pour coolant on the GPU/MB, then go with a air cooler..
I have my pump plugged into the CPU header and the motherboard to "shut down" if RPM signal falls below 700, since the pump runs at 1400..

Pump is supposed to run at 4200 RPM I believe. It needs to be on full speed.
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Pump is supposed to run at 4200 RPM I believe. It needs to be on full speed.
These numbers are all over the place apparently. Mine reads about 2050 rpm.
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I would personally go with a nice heat pipe cooler. No moving parts to break (other than the easily replaceable fans). Also less noise. You can hear the pumps on the corsair coolers. High end air coolers are they way to go unless you are doing a custom loop. My $0.02.
    
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The pump speed is dependant on the model, my h60 runs at around 4200. I would recommend a hyro series cooler if you move your rig around alot... nothing is worse then getting to a lan and having your motherboard cracked because of a 2 lb heatsink. I am even in the process of expanding my h60 to include another 120mm rad and a res.
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post #19 of 32
I don't normally post in this section but since this came up on the real time front page of OCN...

There are several threads on Closed Loop Coolers vs. air-cooling in the air-cooling section. Here's the executive overview.

In objective scientific testing compared to a highend HSF a CLC is:

1. Thermally inefficient

2. A poor value

3. Noisy

4. Has a real water leak liability

5. A PITA when it leaks and destroys hundreds of dollars in PC hardware & you must ship hardware back and forth, rebuild your PC, possibly lose data, etc.

I don't care what you chose to use for a CPU cooler but it's always wise to educate yourself on the Pros and Cons of a cooler system before purchase and then Buy What Makes You Happy.

On technical merit a CLC is a poor choice for those who can fit a highend HSF which has no water leak liability, is cheaper and quieter.

http://www.anandtech.com/print/5054

http://www.overclock.net/t/1249998/best-possible-cpu-fan-for-under-60

There are numerous HSFs that will perform as good or better than a CLC and they never leak.

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2654&page=5

Just the FACTS. Buy what makes you happy!
Edited by AMD4ME - 5/4/12 at 10:29am
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Just FYI - I decided to stay with my Corsair A70..which I got for $15...based on the temp benchmarks I've seen...the Hydro series doesn't give me a "significant" (subjective) decrease in temp (maybe 3C better?) for me to warrant the expense of switching over. Also...I don't do any extreme overclocking nor do I ever move my case...so I don't think I would see much of a difference. If I had not bought the A70..I *might* of started with the Hydro...though I don't think you can really go wrong either way tbh. I will admit Hydro series does look a lot cooler, weights less on your motherboard, and saves some significant space.
Edited by malikq86 - 5/4/12 at 12:29pm
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