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Corsair H110 vs Aircooling?

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Hi All!

I have a Corsair H110 CLCinstalled on a i7-4770k. It is a workstation use computer- Photoshop, lightroom, 100 chrome tabs- you know. I don't currently have the CPU overclocked, and in the future might only have a mild overclock on it. I live in the US West, in a hot state. The room may be around 82 F at the high end, and the computer is under a desk, but with a good airflow area around it. Corsair 750D case, and a 780ti card that is virtually never under load. I have two Noctua 140 fans to reuse if I am pulling the H110 from the case, but that is just a bonus and not a priority.

Long story short, can I get a air cooler that can perform more quietly than my H110 with two noctuas? Considerations are quiet above all else, while still effectively cooling a not OC i7-4770k.
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Hi friend all top air coolers (D-15, ph-tc14pe, R1) are quiet and they can cool the same (or better) like the H110. thumb.gif
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Is there one that stands out as the quietest? Is that contingent on the fans put on the cooler?
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Hi friend all top air coolers (D-15, ph-tc14pe, R1) are quiet and they can cool the same (or better) like the H110. thumb.gif

Essentially, this is the answer. But, with noise being the priority, I would strongly consider the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3.
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Have you tried lowering the Noctuas rpm speed and seeing what your temps like under load? You could always undervolt the CPU to save on heat.
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Have you tried lowering the Noctuas rpm speed and seeing what your temps like under load? You could always undervolt the CPU to save on heat.

Heat doesn't really seem to be a concern with the current setup. Temps are fine. My fans are configured via the bios to a quiet profile, and I've attached the low noise adapters noctua included with the fans. I think most of the noise is coming from the clc itself- pump noise I guess?

Is there a option for getting the fans lower than this? Low noise adapter, no vibration issues, set viability as low rpm as I think I can get them.

Tomorrow when I'm working on it, I'll try a quick test without the fans at all- see how much of a proportion of the noise they constitute.

If moving to air cooling will get me the results I'm looking for, then it becomes a question of which cooler. Dark rock 3, and the noctua 15s they just announced are attractive options to me. The 15s isn't shipping yet, but is soon enough for my needs, and looks to be a bit more forgiving on clearance than the dark rock would be with my four dimms of dominator platinum. Any other options I should consider? Some of these double or triple fan radiators seem a bit overkill for a stock speed 4770.
Edited by Citius117 - 5/26/15 at 4:19am
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The noise issues with the H110 come from several sources. The first, as you pointed out, is pump noise. The second is the fact that the fans are blowing through a high fpi radiator, which in itself is going to add noise. Then throw in the fact that they are mounted to the outside of the case with no buffer, and it makes it all the worse. But, it is the noise that is actually being made by the air flowing through the radiator that is louder than the actual fans - this is why CLCs have a higher noise floor than air coolers. Well, that and the pump noise, of course.....
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