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Howdy,

I'm looking to prepare myself for Steamroller this year or early next and i want to replace my..ahem budget Hyper 212. I was initially planning to stay on air but the high end air coolers are, well. big. Right now i have my Bulldozer OC'ed and i will want to do the same, so i was wondering what some one would recommend CLC wise for my rig. I've heard the H80i is a strong contender, just wondering what your opinions were as im totally new with this rolleyes.gif
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H80i is great. I recommend sticking some replacement fans like GT AP-15s because the stock fans are loud. But it's a fantastic cooler.
 
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H80i is great. I recommend sticking some replacement fans like GT AP-15s because the stock fans are loud. But it's a fantastic cooler.

Thanks for the reply thumb.gif Do you think the performance for the H80i to the H100i differs much in the real world? As i've seen some benchmarks where the H100i shaves 13degrees off temps under load :O and its only 10GBP more right now
Edited by Buxty - 5/31/13 at 4:06pm
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I would recommend you buy a Themaltake closed loop cooler, ive been pretty impressed with mine so far. I have the water 2.0 perfomer but if your looking to oc an am3+ then you should probably get the pro or the exstream version. Your temps wont be as cool at idle like with big air but when you push the thing it'l be able to take more heat.
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I'm just trying to weigh up the both really CLC and air that is. Because i really like the idea of liquid cooling in one sense but then other i've heard of issues. Just to help you know where i come from heres some pros and cons for water over air biggrin.gif

Pros;
- No huge heatsink
- No noisy fans
- looks better inside
- temps under load look promising

Cons;
- Another failure point
- Slightly more cash
- Something about no VRM/circuitry cooling?
- Bad reports online about leaks/noisy pumps

It might just be me worrying about it too much (Like i did with my Hyper) but i bought that and it was fine, but now's the time to decide whether to stay with air and enjoy the wind tunnel effect it makes or go for water which seems nice but apparently they have to work hard to beat top end air.

Any thoughts?
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I got a h60 and the temps were worse/similar to the hyper 212+ probably would be different with a AIO with a 240/280 rad. I am not sure it it was my unit or it just didnt perform well. All the reviews I have read that the AIO water coolers can match the top end air cooler. Unless you are going for looks might be worth sticking with air.
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I got a h60 and the temps were worse/similar to the hyper 212+ probably would be different with a AIO with a 240/280 rad. I am not sure it it was my unit or it just didnt perform well. All the reviews I have read that the AIO water coolers can match the top end air cooler. Unless you are going for looks might be worth sticking with air.

Yeah good point, i mean my Hyper as it is now only hits 31 degrees on load but i intend to mess around with my OC. I guess i need to find out what im aiming for. The only issue with air being that the HAF XB has just about enough room for a Phanteks, but i'd need new ram :/

Is it true aswell AIO's have better results under load rather than idle?
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Are you using stock fans? The benefit of AIOs I would see as the low noise. The stock 212 fans can get loud in my experience. Have you tried swapping them for other fans? That might help lower the temps. Otherwise you could look at a custom loop kit from XSPC or EK or similar. You can get some cheap loops that apparently perform much better than AIOs.
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Are you using stock fans? The benefit of AIOs I would see as the low noise. The stock 212 fans can get loud in my experience. Have you tried swapping them for other fans? That might help lower the temps. Otherwise you could look at a custom loop kit from XSPC or EK or similar. You can get some cheap loops that apparently perform much better than AIOs.

Yeah the two stock Blademasters, but i use ASUS AI Suite so it manages the fan curve so i've never noticed them loud. If i disable the fan control they run like a jet engine so i think the cooling from that is decent.

I've heard a custom loop is the best, especially as my NB and SB heatsinks get very hot normally so that would be a plus, its just the money and also i'm not sure i'd trust myself with something that dangerous :/
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