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Which is the best all-in-one solution OEM? Asetek/CoolIT? (is all-in-one even worth it?)

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Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer (asetek)
81.3CFm, 27.4dB

Corsair H40 (asetek)
81CFM, 27dB

Corsair H70 (asetek)
40dB

ZALMAN CNPS20LQ (asetek)
36 dBA

Antec Kulher 620 (asetek)
36dB, 81.3CFM

Antec Kuhler 920 (asetek)
27.4dB, 110CFM

Corsair H60 (CoolIT)
30dB

Corsair H80 (CoolIT)
39dB , 92CFM

Corsair H100 (CoolIT)
40dB?

Asetek recently sued CoolIT over patent infringement. (http://www.overclock.net/t/1300142/vrz-the-battle-for-liquid-cooling-asetek-sues-coolit-is-corsair-in-danger/10)

Reviews I've read put the Thermaltake Performer /Extreme/Pro in high regard.

Can any of these other than the 240mm radiator ones (overkill) compete with a Noctua NH-C14 or Noctua NH-D14 in terms of cooling AND noise (max dB)? Or even the NH-C12P SE14 (140mm fan) / NH-U12P SE2 (120mm fan)?

Or is the solution to buy water cooling kits and replace the fans? Maybe Corsair Quiet Edition, but it's about 38-39CFM only.

Custom water cooling is more risky, at least if Corsair units leak they replace your system.

Searched, existing threads: http://www.overclock.net/t/1235093/noctua-nh-d14-vs-corsair-h100/20 , http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2181357
Edited by AlphaC - 9/14/12 at 6:21pm
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The Kuhler 920 performs ~3c worse than the h80, the cnps20lq performs equal to the 920 with stock fans, so with two in push/pull it should push slightly past the h80. The h80 performs ~2c worse than high end HSFs like the NH-D14. It is also much noisier and is more liable to fail (can leak, pump can fail, fan can fail, on a HSF the only thing that can fail is the fans) this goes for the 920 and cnps20lq as well. 240mm closed loop solutions will perform ~3 degrees better than HSFs like the NH-D14, again at the cost of a louder noise level.

I would just get the cheapest HSF.
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