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Hi OCN

I'm thinking about getting my first AIO Water cooling unit. NZXT's Kraken x61, I currently own the NH-U12S and it runs fine It's just a little loud.

I currently get Idle temps of 35c on the desktop and around 65c while playing games.

But that's on full blast and I'd like to keep my system quieter. Would going water cooling help the db level of my current setup?
    
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Hey. I suspect it'll do a better job at cooling. It should be reasonably quiet while gaming, but like most coolers I doubt it will be quiet at full speed. It's all subjective though right (in terms of what you can tolerate). The only reviews I could find are these: 1, 2.

A lot of people will suggest either the Corsair H100i or Noctua NH-D14. What I like about the Kraken x61 is that it comes with a 6 year warranty. It also comes with some pretty nifty software (though some say it uses far too many resources for what it does).

Edit: Regarding the H220X and H240X, although they perform well and are relatively quiet, I'm not sure how reliable they are; I've read a lot of RMA posts here on OCN. People seem happy with Swiftech's support but what happens after the warranty expires? Two years isn't that long a time.
Edited by Vigil - 10/22/14 at 4:50am
post #3 of 11
If you think.that a nh u12s which has low level noise fans is LOUD then a x61 is not for you.maybe a swiftech is or a glacer 240L with low noise fans
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Thanks for the replies.
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Hey. I suspect it'll do a better job at cooling. It should be reasonably quiet while gaming, but like most coolers I doubt it will be quiet at full speed. It's all subjective though right. The only reviews I could find are these: 1, 2.

A lot of people will suggest either the Corsair H100i or Noctua NH-D14. What I like about the Kraken x61 is that it comes with a 6 year warranty. It also comes with some pretty nifty software.

I've been reading up on some user feedback on reddit and so far one user has had his caught fire and another has had this rattling noise. Would you recommend a different cooler other than the Kraken x61?
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If you think.that a nh u12s which has low level noise fans is LOUD then a x61 is not for you.maybe a swiftech is or a glacer 240L with low noise fans

Hmm I think I found out why it's louder than it needs to be. I found some low noise adapters that came with the fans. I'm going to install them see if it helps.

Those coolers you recommended are they AIO as well?
    
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post #5 of 11
They are expandable AIO but the h220/h220x or glacer with low noise fans are almost better than 280mm clc(like the h110/x61) under higher heat output(like Haswell-e) with levels of noise similar to the nh d14
post #6 of 11
Yeah, everything but the Noctua NH-D14 are AIOs. Fire eh? That's not good, though I guess that's what warranties (and extinguishers) are for. There are plenty of other options out there, I'm just not sure you'll find anything quieter than what Noctua knock out; one way to get around that of course would be to install some Noctua fans on whatever AIO you decide to purchase (e.g., NF-F12). The Corsair range (e.g., the H110 and H105) might be good place to start looking; their fans are reasonably quiet and they come with a 5 year warranty.
Edited by Vigil - 10/13/14 at 6:14am
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Yeah, everything but the Noctua NH-D14 are AIOs. Fire eh? That's not good, though I guess that's what warranties (and extinguishers) are for. There are plenty of other options out there, I'm just not sure you'll find anything quieter than what Noctua knock out; one way to get around that of course would be to install some Noctua fans on whatever AIO you decide to purchase (e.g., NF-F12). The Corsair range (e.g., the H110 and H105) might be good place to start looking; their fans are reasonably quiet and they come with a 5 year warranty.
the nepton is worse than glacer and eisberg 240

and the silent profile of the Antec has a worse performance than a NH D14
post #8 of 11
Yeah, that link was more for the chart than the review. As you can see Noctua fares pretty well. Touch decisions to be made. OP, do you have your heart set on an AIO liquid cooler or do low noise levels take priority?
Edited by Vigil - 10/13/14 at 7:22am
post #9 of 11
If you think the Noctua is loud I dont know what to tell you redface.gif

http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinks/39900-cryorig-r1-ultimate-cpu-cooler-review?showall=&start=2

Something like the h100i are far worse at cooling given the same decibel level then an air HSF.



and at full speed:



Are you sure you don't have a faulty fan on the Noctua? They are known for being the quietest you can get.

If you absolutely have to get an AIO I would go for a Swiftech H220x, they are made from better components (copper rad, better pump tubing) and cool better against CLC's as well as being a bit quieter.

If you really want silent you will have to go custom water cooling and get at least 360mm or preferably 480 of low FPI radiators with fans under 1000 rpm. That's the real watercooling from which the reputation for silence was 'borrowed' by CLC's. Air is quieter otherwise.
post #10 of 11
Did you make sure which component is responsible for the noise? You'd be surprised. I once thought that the biggest noise in my PC was coming from the video card cooler and it turned out that to be the PSU fan. Load the components separetely with software like OCCT or what ever cool kids use these days and test. Imo, the Noctua fans are the quietest you can find. Worst case use the low noise adapters to make them silent, but if the PC noise is bothering you, i think something else is responsible.
Edited by Pentdragon - 10/13/14 at 7:52am
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