Originally Posted by Robilar
Originally Posted by Ribozyme
Like someone has pointed out already, the AIO kids cool good when the fans run crazy high, the air coolers provide good cooling and doing it silent. Also you have peace of mind with the air coolers, just set and forget. What happens to a AIO set after 3 years of operation, depends on tube quality of course but still... If not space constraint, Big ass air all day any day. I concsiously chose the Noctua NH-D14 in my node 304 over an AIO and I can't hear the damn thing with a 120mm PWM fan set to 300rpm, awesome!
Fair enough but I don't hear the fans on the H80i either in day to day use. If I run a cpu test, sure, they ramp up but during gaming and everything else (including Handbrake for example), the fans are quieter than my GPU's.
And my GPU's are cooler and have no blower noise. While keeping everything cool,not just the CPU.
Sometimes performance is not the sole reason for water cooling.
All of which is irrelevant,Stroonz made silly comments strictly based on performance,not fan noise or user friendliness.
In my instance,watercooling is a necessity,the SR2 is unusable without it. AIO's are great but dont perform like a proper custom loop,no matter what fans you strap to it.
Lets touch on reliability,AIOs just aren't....pump fails are common,leaks are common and,unless you went Corsair,,no recourse when it goes tits up.
Custom means higher grade of components and if assembled correctly,much more robust construction.Edited by B NEGATIVE - 8/22/13 at 3:18pm