I have an i7-3770k OC to 4.60GHz using 1.288V using a Phanteks PH-TC14PE air cooler and temps are in the mid 70's to lower 80's across the cores stressed at 100% for 15 mins using Aida64 and OCCT. Avg Core temps would be around 77-79C depending on the ambient temp in the room. I can OC to 4.7GHz max using 1.333V and temps get to the mid - upper 80's, but can blip into the low 90's quickly on occassion across the cores depending on ambient temp which is too high for me personally.
I did read a review that put the H100 only 1C or 2C cooler than the Phanteks during their testing. After seeing other's post their H100 results, it seems consistent with that review. So since the H100 is running about the same (slightly cooler) as my Phanteks, I ask the question can water cool better than this? I guess if a larger rad is used, but will the 3770K release the heat?
I play games and do a lot of photo and video editing. That is why I did go with the i7-3770K for HT. I personally think my Phanteks temps are not too bad for air cooling of Ivy Bridge, but I was considering going with an external Koolance Exos 360mm rad for water cooling, but not sure if the heat will transfer out to the water block fast enough for heat to be taken away from the cores or will it still be hot due to transferability of the internal TIM not allowing the heat to escape the cores to the transfer plate to be removed. If that is the case, then there must be a limit unless LN2 is used which cools any and everything, but that isn's an option for me. I don't want to invest money in a new cooling system to only have the same results or only slightly better cooling.
Any thoughts about a 360mm rad with a Ivy Bridge specifically the 3770k? or the Koolance Exos EX2-055 http://koolance.com/ex2-1055-exos-2.5-liquid-cooling-system-aluminum
I hope I explained this correctly.