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I've been waiting on a good deal for Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme for a while, and the day has come when it's on a sale. Now I'm wondering if I should wait, however, for Corsair's new 100i series and such. Not really for better cooling, as Thermaltake's is going to be plenty sufficient, but more for better pumps. (Also, I cannot fit NZXT's double-140mm radiator into my case, and the single 140mm one is going to be a bit inconvenient too).

Anyway, are there any closed-loop coolers that don't have pumps which produce high frequency vibration, resulting in a low hum / buzz? My experience with these are limited, but I did try an Intel cooler by Asetek, and the vibration / hum / buzz was audible at ~3 feet away and resonated all the way to the radiator. I have no idea if it was due to air bubbles, but I suspect it wasn't due to that (as tapping on the tubes did nothing, and the bubbly sound that happened after shifting the tubes around disappeared quickly after everything became stationary again).

Should I just go with a $80 deal on Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme while it lasts, or wait and hope that Corsair's new offering will be better? I've read that the new 'i' coolers should have more powerful pumps, which, I worry, means more noise from the pump.
   
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The H100 doesn't make any noise unless you have a bad sample, so I'm guessing the H100i will be similar if not better. I'd go with the H100i to be honest, it looks very interesting with the customizable LED colors and whatnot smile.gif
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I've been waiting on a good deal for Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme for a while, and the day has come when it's on a sale. Now I'm wondering if I should wait, however, for Corsair's new 100i series and such. Not really for better cooling, as Thermaltake's is going to be plenty sufficient, but more for better pumps. (Also, I cannot fit NZXT's double-140mm radiator into my case, and the single 140mm one is going to be a bit inconvenient too).
Anyway, are there any closed-loop coolers that don't have pumps which produce high frequency vibration, resulting in a low hum / buzz? My experience with these are limited, but I did try an Intel cooler by Asetek, and the vibration / hum / buzz was audible at ~3 feet away and resonated all the way to the radiator. I have no idea if it was due to air bubbles, but I suspect it wasn't due to that (as tapping on the tubes did nothing, and the bubbly sound that happened after shifting the tubes around disappeared quickly after everything became stationary again).
Should I just go with a $80 deal on Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme while it lasts, or wait and hope that Corsair's new offering will be better? I've read that the new 'i' coolers should have more powerful pumps, which, I worry, means more noise from the pump.


CM is supposed to come with their Eisberg coolers, which are basically self contained loop that are expendable. You might want to wait for them.
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The colors being the Corsair logo glowing on the pump?

It's also $40 more than Thermaltake's and not yet available on-line with free shipping.

And... "Radiator dimensions: 120mm x 275mm x 27mm" vs. Thermaltake's "Dimension : 270 x 120 x 38.3 mm" In that respect, it's a downgrade.
   
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The colors being the Corsair logo glowing on the pump?
It's also $40 more than Thermaltake's and not yet available on-line with free shipping.
And... "Radiator dimensions: 120mm x 275mm x 27mm" vs. Thermaltake's "Dimension : 270 x 120 x 38.3 mm" In that respect, it's a downgrade.
Yeah, you can change the color of the logo LEDs using Corsair link.
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my water 2.0 pro produces said hum as well. I thought it was possibly how I mounted the radiator in the drive bay rather than the rear exhaust fan. now that you mention that I does seem more like a 'pump' noise than case vibration. it is quite noticeable from a distance and turned my wife's rather quiet pink phantom louder than my 6yo antec 'wind tunnel'. not sure if this is normal or bubbles or something else (bad pump?).

anyways back to your question... the shellshocker is a really good deal! if you want to save monies I would suggest getting the extreme. however if money is a second though you could wait for CM to come out and see how those do. if they aren't as good you can always get the new corsair ones. personally I would get the extreme. just my opinion though
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Just read the following about Corsair H100i:
"Upgraded impeller/bearing/motor design for lower noise pump unit"

I guess I should wait. Just sad that Corsair didn't follow Thermaltake with the thicker radiator.

Slathr: I spent a long time diagnosing the noise issue and tried 2 different units of the Intel cooler by Asetek (both produced the same hum/vibration). I've isolated the source of the vibration to the pump. You can hold the pump in your hand and you'll feel the high-frequency vibration. When attached to the motherboard, this vibration radiates through the tubes into the radiator and is generally audible, unless it's possible to rubber-mount the motherboard and the radiator... Not worth the trouble.
   
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