Originally Posted by doyll
Look at the forest and not the tree in my statement. The point is not if the H220 has better cooling stock than top air coolers. It's that H220 is built to last with a pump that can move plenty of coolant and has the ability to be opened up and expanded.
Xbit review inside open Antec 1200 case shows at extreme overclocking H220 is slightly better than Phanteks with stock fans at same rpm.. but only 1-2c.. well with in margin of air.. especially when testing was done in a case so Phanteks was at a disadvantage because air cooler is handicapped by case trapping air while water cooler mounts radiator in case housing and separates cool intake air from hot exhaust air.
Would be real interesting to see what the air temp was 5cm in front of intake fans.
i7 3790x @ 4.375GHz; 1.385v
H220 cooling is 65c @ 1750rpm; 69c @ 1000rpm; 67c @ 1200rpm; so about 68c @ 1100rpm
TC14PE cool is 69c @ 1100rpm;
1c different at same fan speed intake & exhaust air seperated by case
i7 3790x @ 4.5GHz, 1.435v
H220 cooling is 70c @ 1750rpm; 73c @ 1000rpm; 71c @ 1200rpm; so about 72c @ 1100rpm
TC14PE cool is 74c @ 1100rpm;
2c different at same fan speed intake & exhaust in case with only side open
So not quite as cool but reasonably close to same performance.
I hear ya. Yeah, the ability to quickly and easily add, well, ANYTHING else to the H220 loop makes it probably the best "out of the box" cooler, especially considering the cost. I have a deep-seated dislike for the CLC's, and always found them to be not much more than an (overpriced) way for people who don't know how to build a real loop to "one up" their friends (i.e. you pay a lot just to say you have water cooling, even though IMO it's no more water cooling than keep a glass of ice water on your desk is, but at least with the latter you actually had to fill the liquid yourself
). It's not a fair bias, I realize that, and while I don't see anyone here in that light, I suppose the things were just ruined for me by real-world experiences with people I happen to (unfortunately) know... So please don't take offense at my opinion, anyone, as it's not aimed at those here.
The H220 breaks all those conventions, however, and that is partly why I have a lot of respect for Swiftech, and their bringing it to market.
I WOULD be really interested to see how it performs once you add a second radiator to the system, relative to a custom loop consisting of the same amount of rad-space.