Mayhem's i love your stuff, i have your clear X1 in my current beast, but i just don't agree for the general consumer.
AIO has done an amazing job grabbing a large section of the market that would never touch a custom built system. You just AREN'T going to convert people into a niche hobby like you can sell them on a well marketed system pre-built with AIO. Even laptops are entering the realm of intercooling. this shows both success and demand in the market.
i have like 5 generations of AIO, starting from like 5-6 years ago, & they all still work WELL to this day, & served many years @ 24/7 life.@Mayhem
I did a proper flush of my system & added clear X1 about 3 years ago. All I've done is top it off every now & then, but i can tell things are still damn near perfect based on the color of the water in all my crystal clear tubes & res
this however isn't possible for most PC users. Most users would never touch a custom loop, but might have the money for a well marketed supercooled computer. This is where your H110i or w/e comes into play. Just for the love of god, change the fans.
then you have the poor guys that take the old advice from people that haven't taken the time to up their game, & they corrupt their own systems from ignorance. Or you know, spend 10K on the system then cheap on the tubes & coolant.
You have a lab. Give us some evidence. There's horror stories for every product known to man in this industry, it is technology after all. I had my very first Corsair AIO start leaking, but it was literally the first wave of the first gen blah blah... the rest have all been beasts for the cost / perf / time ratio stuff.
one last thought - there's always a common trend with AIO. It's time to RMA/replace it if it starts getting noisy.Edited by skupples - 6/22/16 at 6:08pm