Originally Posted by taafe
Why does there seem to be a slow market for these closed loop water cooling kits? Is the h100i still the best for performance? Im looking for a upgarde from a corsair h100 but not sure its worth it until some better ones come out... or what?
Don't bother upgrading, I'm fairly certain the only difference between the H100 and the H100i is the USB software link feature. They both have 27mm thick 2.120mm rads and both have the same fans. Unless something about the waterblock and pump is insanely different it's the exact same thing, and seeing as how they're more or less the same price I'm betting that's not the case.
There's a small market for CLC because they are no different that custom loops other than the fact you can't refill them, and they perform worse. They have a typical lifespan of about 2 or 3 years before evaporation brings their coolant level too low. As Electro said:
most people who use it do so for better cooling in order to have higher overclocks and then find out that using a custom loop, while requiring more maintenance, has significantly better cooling than the closed loops.