Originally Posted by doyll
Originally Posted by Shaded War
Personally, I disagree with OP. My H100i cools my 3770K 4.5Ghz to <65°C gaming temps with some Noctua PWM fans turned all the way down with a resistor to slow them down even further for silent operation.
Its way easier to clean the radiator dust than on a giant heatsink and perform maintenance on the system. Those big air coolers block off all the fan ports and leave no room to swap out memory modules. Its also aesthetically pleasing unlike any air cooler that world perform similar.
If H100i with expensive replacement fans is cooling your 3770k @4.5GHz at <65c, almost any decent air cooler would do the dasme for about half the cost.
No, it's definitley not easier to clean if fans are push, and not even an issue if all intakes are filtered.
As for blocking fan headers (I assume that is what you mean by 'fan ports') and swapping RAM, it depend on cooler and mobo, but if build is done right there is no need to be swapping them. Both rarely fail.
Aesthetics are an individual thing. Big hoses hanging haphazardly in a case look terrible to me.
And we have not even address the difference in dependablity between air and CLC
Air has a problem it's a fan. Easy and cheap fix and system is till functional while new fan is being gotten.
CLC has a problem it's a pump or leak, either of which make the cooler non-functional. Expensive replacement and system is not usable until replaced.
My setup for the H100 fits in different than allot of cases and is unique to the 600t. My fans aren't even inside the case, technically speaking they are externally mounted. But they are still enclosed under the mesh of the case and out of sight. So it's super easy to clean when all I have to do is blow on the radiator and 90% of the dust flys out the top with the fan exhaust. Then all I need to do is take my GPU out and use the air compressor on it.My rig (Click to show)
When I had a large air cooler with similar performance, I had to unhook everything and carry my PC to the shop and use my air compressor to get it cleaned. It turned into a 30 minute job by the time you get everything all hooked back up again, when it takes me 5 minutes now.
I won't argue the reliability of a air cooler because it's a completely valid point, but my H100i has served me well for 3 years now without issue. For me, the aesthetics of the water cooler was allot better than having a giant aluminum block and I would definitely buy it again.