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Swiftech H220 vs. Corsair H100i vs. Noctua NH-L12

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I will be getting a 4770K and putting it on a ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard inside a Corsair 250D case. I'm not trying to go balls to the wall on overclocking. I may not even do it if the benefits aren't substantial. My main goal is to have a pretty quiet, small system that packs a punch. If it matters I plan to get an EVGA GTX 780 Ti or possibly a GTX 770.

From the reviews I've read and the information I've gathered the air cooler performs well and is very quiet but I don't know how well it would drive a mediocre overclock (say 4-4.2GHz) along with the ASRock motherboard. The major complaint I've heard about the H100i is that the fans can get extremely loud, which is actually one of the main reasons I am replacing my current system with its custom water cooling loop. I haven't read too much about the H220 though, other than it is superior to the H100i.

Thoughts?
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I ran an i7 4770k on air with an Noctua U12P and a Scythe Muggen 2 as well as an Corsair H110 with an 4,3-4,5 OC

First, I´ll have to say, that the temps under air ar sufficent enough with those highend coolers.
Ofc it will always depend on your chip, but a light OC like you have in mind will definitely not be a problem.


Generally speaking, you would be able to run the fans for the H100i on a lower setting and with that quieter. You can also easily change the fans for a better and more quieter fan if you´d like to.

ButI was also able to run the air cooler fans on a lower setting during normal use of the system

Now the BUT part.

I had an MSI motherboard and the mount of the cooler was a nightmare. The mounting mechanism is made of plastic with tiny screws that should hold them self against the plastic. But mine, and if you google a bit I`m not the only one were spinning lose pretty fast and I had to use pliers to tighten them.

The mounting for a 1150 socket ist definitely not the intended one. Although it is supported. Maybe I was dumb but I had to put the bracket a little sideways and also skip one of the plastic bloccks because it would have to be glued on parts on the back of the motherboard.

In my experience you won´t be able to remount the cooler that easily. I got an replacement mount from the corsair support without a porblem and pretty fast though,

The temps were on par with those under air, so I didn´t gain that much, besides maybe the lower fan settings.

Like I said my mount was bad due to the bad mounting bracket and the TMI was spread badly, that might be the reason, but it was the same after several remounts.

The gain in my expierience by the H110 was very tiny. And I wouldn´t go for one again


I changed the fans on my H110 for NB Black Silent Pro.
Most of the time under air and with the H110 the lloudest part of my system where the HDDs. And during gaming the GPU owith its fans

Why is your custom loop so noisy?
Edited by acanom - 3/5/14 at 1:10pm
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Why is your custom loop so noisy?
I'm fairly certain its my fan choice I made 3 years ago when I built my current computer. Back then I went straight for performance with a huge HAF 932 and custom water cooling loop, etc. with no consideration for other things like noise. I'm actually too lazy to open the case up and find the brand/model of the fans, though I believe Panaflo rings a bell in my head. Also, the cooler on my DirectCU HD6850 is louder than the radiator fans when the computer is under load making things pretty annoying. Hopefully the GTX 780 Ti or GTX 770 would be quieter.
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I can speak for the h220 that its a GREAT performer, in the h220 club there have been some pump failures though, BUT swiftech seems to have been amazing at taking care of the customers. I have had mine for 3 months now and have had no issues. I expanded it to my gpu maybe 2 weeks after ownership too. The fans are quiet and the pump on low is quiet. On max speed its not that loud either, likely your fans will be louder.

ncix usa sells it within the usa and it was recently on sale for $99.99
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