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Corsair H115i or NZXT X61 for 6700K OC?

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Hi all,

I need to pick between these two AIO for my new PC, running with i7-6700K, I want to be ready for OC without worrying about heat issue, so which one is better?

- Corsair H115i.
- NZXT X61.

Thanks.
post #2 of 24
Neither I'd say. If you want an AIO, go with Swiftech. These CLC (Closed Loop Coolers) are very prone to failure due to clogging etc since you can't open them and clean them, so don't expect them living longer than 1-2 years. If you are determined to get one of those two then go with the NZXT one, performance is pretty much the same (maybe it's a little louder and a little cooler) but it has 6 years of warranty and good customer support from what I've heard.
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Personally I wasn't satisfied with my Corsair H80i. Cooling was subpar and the software would constantly lose the metrics and would have to be setup again. Its got these widget type things representing each fan and you drag them onto a picture of the case...about once every few weeks that set of widgets you setup would all show 0's and youd have to do it again. It also wouldnt remember color set on block and on boot especially sounded like a jet taking off. I have to say the hardware seemed decent enough quality, but the software was garbage.

I ordered a Swiftech H320 x2 and found it wouldnt fit my case. Long story short I'm battling them to return it right now and got a X61 instead. Just installed it and very impressed. It was easier to install, came with thermal compound pre-applied, and hardware wise seems to be well made. What really impressed me is the CAM software. It looks good, can be customized, is easy to use and well laid out & easy to understand. It also tracks many more metrics than the Corsair software and was very easy to use. They also have a mobile app (which im gonna start playing with shortly) and the ability to track your stuff via web app. After reading stories about how bad the software was (version 2) I was amazed how much they turned it around (version 3 now).

The X61 also appears to have a 6 year warranty. Assuming that it lasts it will easily be the best CPU cooling solution I have used (ive had the H80i for about 3 years). Everything I hear/read about Corsairs other coolers say they are good but loud. With the X61 on 100% fan speed I could barely hear it with little ambient noise in my house. It was noticeable only if I was trying to listen for it. My H80i on the other hand could be heard by people I was on the phone with while sitting at the desk if fans went to 100%.

Lastly, and I know I keep comparing a 120mm cooler to a 280mm cooler, which isnt remotely fair but its what I have had, my idle temps dropped 2-3 degrees Celsius but more impressively my max temps at load (Intel XTU) went from 85 max after 30 mins down to about 65 max after 30 mins! Overwatch (game) max temps went from mid 60's to mid 40's. Couldnt be happier and highly recommend the X61
Edited by Zer0CoolX - 6/30/16 at 12:24am
post #4 of 24
I would go with air clc are waste of money and swiftechs aio pumps are terribly loud, and the overall feel of the 320x2 was subpar.
Edited by outofmyheadyo - 6/30/16 at 12:29am
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Originally Posted by Eldan View Post

Neither I'd say. If you want an AIO, go with Swiftech. These CLC (Closed Loop Coolers) are very prone to failure due to clogging etc since you can't open them and clean them, so don't expect them living longer than 1-2 years. If you are determined to get one of those two then go with the NZXT one, performance is pretty much the same (maybe it's a little louder and a little cooler) but it has 6 years of warranty and good customer support from what I've heard.

In my country there is no way to get a Swiftech product, so that not my first choice, although they are good. I can only get NZXt and Corsair cooler.

Thanks for your comment.
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Personally I wasn't satisfied with my Corsair H80i. Cooling was subpar and the software would constantly lose the metrics and would have to be setup again. Its got these widget type things representing each fan and you drag them onto a picture of the case...about once every few weeks that set of widgets you setup would all show 0's and youd have to do it again. It also wouldnt remember color set on block and on boot especially sounded like a jet taking off. I have to say the hardware seemed decent enough quality, but the software was garbage.

I ordered a Swiftech H320 x2 and found it wouldnt fit my case. Long story short I'm battling them to return it right now and got a X61 instead. Just installed it and very impressed. It was easier to install, came with thermal compound pre-applied, and hardware wise seems to be well made. What really impressed me is the CAM software. It looks good, can be customized, is easy to use and well laid out & easy to understand. It also tracks many more metrics than the Corsair software and was very easy to use. They also have a mobile app (which im gonna start playing with shortly) and the ability to track your stuff via web app. After reading stories about how bad the software was (version 2) I was amazed how much they turned it around (version 3 now).

The X61 also appears to have a 6 year warranty. Assuming that it lasts it will easily be the best CPU cooling solution I have used (ive had the H80i for about 3 years). Everything I hear/read about Corsairs other coolers say they are good but loud. With the X61 on 100% fan speed I could barely hear it with little ambient noise in my house. It was noticeable only if I was trying to listen for it. My H80i on the other hand could be heard by people I was on the phone with while sitting at the desk if fans went to 100%.

Lastly, and I know I keep comparing a 120mm cooler to a 280mm cooler, which isnt remotely fair but its what I have had, my idle temps dropped 2-3 degrees Celsius but more impressively my max temps at load (Intel XTU) went from 85 max after 30 mins down to about 65 max after 30 mins! Overwatch (game) max temps went from mid 60's to mid 40's. Couldnt be happier and highly recommend the X61

Really appreciate about your experience, that could help me alot, thanks bro.
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I run my 6700k at 4800 with a 50 dollar air cooler what is the exact point of buying a clc?
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I run my 6700k at 4800 with a 50 dollar air cooler what is the exact point of buying a clc?

It give me better clearance in my case and don't cover any Ram slot, which give me better option to upgrade with any Ram in the market now. Also I don't need to worry about height and weight that could damage the motherboard or interfere with the case.
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It give me better clearance in my case and don't cover any Ram slot, which give me better option to upgrade with any Ram in the market now. Also I don't need to worry about height and weight that could damage the motherboard or interfere with the case.

Air cooler wont affect your ram, when many other ways to use it. Same with weight, that is not an issue.
Height and clearance do very little, unless you case is terrible. Even CLC can have case clearance issues, if your case is bad.
    
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Air cooler wont affect your ram, when many other ways to use it. Same with weight, that is not an issue.
Height and clearance do very little, unless you case is terrible. Even CLC can have case clearance issues, if your case is bad.

If use air, I have a option with 2 top air right now, Phanteks TC14PE and Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, but both of them too big and cover most of Ram slot.

My case is Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, it fit most of air and AIO cooler in the market but if I choose top air cooling, I lose clearance.
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What ram are you using?
Most apart from the uber tall sinks have no problem with clearance.
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