Look I see several problems with your post. Your one fact is a graph which shows an air cooler with almost the same performance as that h100. Anyways it seems like all you're doing in this post is calling me ignorant and biased (even though as I said before every individual is biased). I'm too lazy to correct your fallacies in another long post. So I'll be the bigger man here and just say we'll just agree to disagree. It's obvious you're not going to budge from your preconceived notions anyway.
Yes, continues to attack me in all of the posts you make. Then when you are treated in the same manner, suddenly now you want to be the bigger man. So "preconceived." Like I've never used heatsinks before in my other computers. Even though I'm the biggest fan of Thermalright Products, and used them in all of my builds. "So biased." or, maybe I just evolve my thinking according to the technology available like any sane individual would do. Maybe you should re-read some of your old posts before you take the poor me stance. There's another graph that has the H100 behind a Phase Change unit, and then there's almost like 50 other coolers below it:
You know, calling air cooling ancient kind of degenerates your stance here Big Stroonz. Most of the AIO units you talk about are not much better than high end air coolers, if at all sometimes.
Where AIO units shine, are SFF builds but other than that it has about the same cooling capacity as a high end air cooler. There are however also drawbacks. Coolant in an AIO unit can freeze, potential leakage and pump noise. I can build near ambient sound systems with big heatsinks (or even passive for that matter). Both have their purposes.
Also, OEMs or microprocessor manufacturers not clocking their chips higher/pushing TDP more isn't primarily a heat constraint. It's more a problem of efficiency and board design. Aside from cooling the chip it will also raise the need for more stable and high current 12v rails, higher quality power delivery circuitry (VRMs etc.).
I wouldn't call AIO units superior to air coolers, it's just a matter of taste and dependent on the build (form factor, silence). I do agree however that H220 and H110 AIOs edge out even the high end air coolers but not enough to warrant a substantial gain (or call them superior, more so calling air cooling ancient).
Ok, not much better or " the same performance" except let's look at some more graphs then, shall we:
So whats the only thing that's keeping up with these units. The $80-90 Noctua, that takes up more space than anything inside your entire computer because of how big it's required to be to come near the performance of the sleek, clean, AIO cooling units...
Here we see the H110 and Kraken X60 ahead of everything. With the D14 and a Deepcool Assassin coming close. Probably two of the largest most gigantic ridiculous heatsinks on the market. My point is, in order to get NEAR the performance of one of these AIO units. The extreme massive size and ridiculousness these heat sinks have to be is beyond crazy and that anyone rather put one of these monstrous gargantuan things in their computer, over the small, simple AIO is beyond crazy - technically speaking, it's pretty ancient. It's like someone choosing to walk around with one of those huge cellphones from the 80's that are the size of your ARM instead of grabbing a smart phone. Then trying to explain to you that it still performs great . You aren't building a computer that runs on a passive heatsink that's doing 4.8-5.0GHz daily. A big heavy heatsink can do all types of damage too. The same crazy things that can go wrong with an AIO unit, a heatsink can do too. Maybe not leakage, or pump noise, but there are surely other concerns - just one look at the size and weight of these things is enough to know that.
Whether or not there are other concerns at clocking their chips higher from the factory. Heat is probably and the most obvious concern, denying that is being pretty stubborn. If my projected theory of 10 years is correct, I'm sure all the concerns that you stated will be fixed on top of the newly adapted cooling methods from the factory - AIO cooling units or maybe something even better
Yes, AIO units are definitely not superior:
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 7/8/13 at 12:42pm