Originally Posted by Red1776
I could not agree more.
it's why I find arguing about watercooling so silly. A simple thing like fans with low or high static pressure can change the dynamics of the loop.
people tend to forget that even water cooling is in fact...air cooling.
I have tried a huge array of variables on each loop to find the best results while taking notes, what can change the dynamics/results can be surprising.
Precisely, water cooling is a misnomer.
It's still the air that cools everything.
Hence the biggest performance variations are never block brand, TIM brand, rad sizing, or pump speed.
It's almost always the fan specs and speed, and airflow design that determines most of the performance.
Thin low fpi rads perform sometimes better because they allow more air through them.
Nothing to do with the rad's performance. Rather everything to do with the rad's restriction level to the fans.