Originally Posted by FlailScHLAMP
Originally Posted by RustySocket
ive been looking into the thermaltake cooling solution.....its supposed to be better than the corsair h100
my big air cooler gets close to a h100.
IMHO, big air -> custom loop. I'd likely never go AIO for this rig.
the only reasons i'd go to a small AIO (h100 and smaller) would be for space capacity reasons.
they really don't preform that much better then big air, only difference is you've got a buncha cash still in your pocket if you go with big air.
as far as Thermatake's AIO. i've not seen any comparisons. if it has the same FPI as the H100 then it SHOULD in theory perform similar.
Not hanging 3lbs of metal off the PCB (especially those thin ASRock boards *shivers*) is a good reason too. So is the lack of frustrating effort when trying to mount it. And that a exhaust H60 or similar on a cheapo case acts as both cooling and case ventilation, instead of just moving air around inside the case.
Anyway, more to it than just FPI. Rad thickness, material, block quality, pump strength, stock fans (unless buying new ones) number of pipes in the rad, etc. To say "same FPI should mean same performance" is like saying a Humvee and a Corvette both have 500HP, they should both be able to tow X amount of weight. It doesn't work that way.