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Trying to understand the 5C delta issue

Poll Results: I am willing to swap my water cooling products for ones that only improve my temps by less than 5C because:

 
  • 12% (1)
    increases my e-peen
  • 37% (3)
    Improves overclocking
  • 37% (3)
    improves quiet running
  • 0% (0)
    Future proof in case I really load up my loop
  • 12% (1)
    I know it won't improve anything I just like to tinker
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I have been an avid water cooler for several years and have helped many others here stick their toe in the water so to speak but one thing I have not understood when I read posts where people are willing to throw away and swap gear or buy tons of additional gear to get a few more C's of cooling. I was reading Stren's water block review and saw posts saying things like "I need to toss out my HS Supreme because it has such bad performance and get a new block" I was baffled by the comment. Getting 1 or 2 more degrees of cooling won't improve your overclock ability, won't make your rig run quieter, won't improve the life of your components, is not part of a HWBot or other competition, and therefore in my observation as zero value.

So my question (and poll) is do people try to get one or two more C's better performance just for e-peen or for some other reason that is lost on me.
post #2 of 4
It depends why your WC'ing I guess. For me if a new component will lower temps by a few degrees then fans/pumps can be run lower (temps go back up) and the result is a quieter system with the same temps. Coincidentally I have a Raystorm on my desk and I'm getting around to replacing the old Apogee XT (rev 1) that currently (and adequately) cools my CPU. I'm expecting to run a lower pump and fan speed for the same temps from the less restrictive better performing block.
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Not SLi any more
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i7 920 @ 4.0 Asus P6TD-Deluxe EVGA GTX770 SC 6GB XMS3 @1530 cas7 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X25-M 80GB OCZ Agility 120GB Intel X25-M 40GB LG Blue ROM DVD RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Water cooled w/ T-Balancer BigNG Win 7 x64 Asus PB298Q Cherry 4100L 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX1000 MM UFO-U2 R.A.T. 7 Contagion G.L.I.D.E 9 
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post #3 of 4
Improves overclocking.

Some chips are very susceptible to temperatures, even down to 2-3 degrees. In particular, I had a Brisbane chip awhile ago that would BSOD at 54C no matter the voltage or clock speed. As soon as it would touch 54C, seconds later BSOD. Increasing the fan speed would keep temperatures just below 54C and it was extremely stable.
post #4 of 4
I like new toys..... No really I do. I scour and scour for the best performing parts. It's like super duper legos or something. Hmm, come to think of it I may have been just as happy with 500 buck worth of lego's instead......
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