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What is the best water block around these days? There is soo many posts for the AIO water coolers it hard to see any useful info.
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post #2 of 34
If not mistaken the Koolance 380 is the current king.

But the top 5 or so blocks are all with in 1-2 degrees Celsius of each other. thumb.gif

THIS is still relevant.
Edited by ginger_nuts - 11/9/13 at 3:48am
post #3 of 34
Best Waterblock depends on which CPU

LGA2011 - Koolance 380
1150 - EK Supremacy
1155 - Heatkiller

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?285753-CPU-water-blocks-roundup
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post #4 of 34
The 'best' Cpu block is easily the Supremacy. It can be adapted to suit different cpu's with the different included jet plates and comes in a range of materials and finishes to suit your taste or build.
Some blocks might perform very slightly better on some Cpu's but they then perform much worse on other cpus or sockets.
Whatever block you like the look of best is the one you should get though. The tiny differences are not something you would notice in an actual build.
Edited by Jakusonfire - 11/11/13 at 9:50am
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post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by ginger_nuts View Post

But the top 5 or so blocks are all with in 1-2 degrees Celsius of each other. thumb.gif

This. Buy whatever A) is cheapest or B) whatever you find most aesthetically pleasing. The 1-2 degree difference means squat.
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In the test linked to above, the differences weren't always small and sometimes the ones near the top for one CPU went to the bottom on another. The Kyros for example was less than a half degree from the top on 2500k, went to last place, 7C off the leader on the 3770k

On the 2500k, the variance between best and worst in the test was over 4.5C (28.43 vs 33.01)
On the 3770k, the variance between best and worst in the test was just under 7.0C (49.31 vs 42.38)
On the 3930k, the variance between best and worst in the test was over 6.0C (28.54 vs 34.79)
On the 4770k, the variance between best and worst in the test was over 5.0C (37.07 vs 42.34)
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post #7 of 34
The OP is running a 775 socket chip.

Also us normal people, will see a greater difference and worse temps likely to the mounting process more then anything else.
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While I'm not sure if he's asking because he's planning a new build or for water cooling his / her 5 year old one. Personally I wouldn't invest in a WB for a CPU of that age but I can see the value in doing so if ya can extend the life of the system

You make an excellent point on the mounting issue. I'm merely pointing out that performance will vary quite significantly based upon what CPU ya put it on which is to be expected due to different die sizes, HS bowing and the like. Martin reported that he had seen rankings do a complete flip flop when moving from one die to another. They also have different flow restriction resistances so that data to should be considered

And certainly while it's true that mounting can be a greater influence than individual performance differences, I can't see the logic in choosing one from the bottom of the list that can gives ya at as much of a 7C handicap from the get go. I have read numerous reviews which confirmed the EK as top dog on 1150 and the 380 on the LGA2011... one of them did a fairly large number of mounts to account for the variances you mention and I'm kinda PO'd at myself for not bookmarking it.

Given its age tho, be hard to find testing involving current blocks and CPUs of that age....here's an old 775 test on the Q6600 but not many of those blocks will be around today.
http://martinsliquidlab.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/cpu-blockshootout1.png
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The most recent shoot out I've seen was 2012 and the EK Supremacy was definitely not a top contender. Koolance 380 wins.
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Originally Posted by jesh462 View Post

The most recent shoot out I've seen was 2012 and the EK Supremacy was definitely not a top contender. Koolance 380 wins.

Supremacy is a better block for LGA115X.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?285753-CPU-water-blocks-roundup&p=5182222&viewfull=1#post5182222
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