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So I bought a brand new Swiftech H240x2 since it was supposed to be the best AIO you can buy which ended up leaking and killing my motherboard.

Needless to say I'm not touching a swiftech product ever again so I'm not sure which cooler to go for now, I'm looking at either a kraken x61 or Corsair H115i, the most important factor for me is noise since I want my build to be as quiet as possible.

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I've heard that Corsair pays for leaking damage, but you gotta check it if it's true and what the rules are.
Personally, aircoolers do the cooling job just fine, cost half the money and don't leak.
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I personally favor NZXT, since I can't stand Corsair software(Plus I could never get it to work correctly). I also got better results with Kraken x61. If you want quiet your going have to replace the fans with some premium fans like eloops, Noctua, Riiing or Gentle typhoon.
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Same Asetek cooler, different fans and software. Pick the logo you like better.

Or, as @JackCY suggested, get an air cooler. A top tier air cooler will give you the same performance with substantially less noise, will cost less and will be far more reliable.

If you are looking for quiet, CLCs like these are by far the worst noise/performance option available. Changing the fans helps little, since performance scales down with the noise. Next thing you know, you have spent $160+ on a CLC and fans that mimics a $40 air cooler.
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Even the Corsair or NZXT can leak. It is like this with any liquid cooling. Saying Needless to say I'm not touching a swiftech product ever again.
You can say the same thing about all other liquid cooling. There is always that risk.
As for Corsair to replace, it is case by case and a lengthy one which can mean you could be out of a system for upto 6 months.

As for the 240X2, have you contacted Swiftech to have this matter resolved.
    
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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post

Same Asetek cooler, different fans and software. Pick the logo you like better.

Both pumps may be made by Asetek, but they are different pumps and use very different radiators.

The radiator on the Kraken is 31mm shorter in length but is also 1mm thicker. The pump on the Kraken is variable speed while the pump on the Corsair runs at 100% at all times.

From the testing I've seen the H115i does a slightly better job at cooling, but the Kraken has a 6 year warranty compared to Corsair's 5 year warranty.



I run a Corsair H110 and a Kraken X41 in my PC. Personally I prefer the Kraken. I get excellent cooling from it with the fan turned down to only 30% at which point it is almost silent. I have to run the two fans on the H110 at 40% to get the cooling I want out of it and they are noticeably louder. Also the H110 sometimes produces a brief squirting sound from the cooler which I don't get from the Kraken. If I had the choice to do it over I would have got the Kraken X61 instead of the H110.

However, that's the H110. In theory the H115i is improved, but I don't have any first hand experience with it to say.
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Originally Posted by moustang View Post

Both pumps may be made by Asetek, but they are different pumps and use very different radiators.

The radiator on the Kraken is 31mm shorter in length but is also 1mm thicker. The pump on the Kraken is variable speed while the pump on the Corsair runs at 100% at all times.

From the testing I've seen the H115i does a slightly better job at cooling, but the Kraken has a 6 year warranty compared to Corsair's 5 year warranty.

I run a Corsair H110 and a Kraken X41 in my PC. Personally I prefer the Kraken. I get excellent cooling from it with the fan turned down to only 30% at which point it is almost silent. I have to run the two fans on the H110 at 40% to get the cooling I want out of it and they are noticeably louder. Also the H110 sometimes produces a brief squirting sound from the cooler which I don't get from the Kraken. If I had the choice to do it over I would have got the Kraken X61 instead of the H110.

However, that's the H110. In theory the H115i is improved, but I don't have any first hand experience with it to say.
That is very wrong.
Radiator is exactly the same. Exterior looks can be changed, internal is no different.
Both pumps are exact same design, just control chip to allow variable speed.
    
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Even the Corsair or NZXT can leak. It is like this with any liquid cooling. Saying Needless to say I'm not touching a swiftech product ever again.
You can say the same thing about all other liquid cooling. There is always that risk.
As for Corsair to replace, it is case by case and a lengthy one which can mean you could be out of a system for upto 6 months.

As for the 240X2, have you contacted Swiftech to have this matter resolved.

It wasn't just the fact that it leaked though, on top of that the mounting system was faulty and ended up scratching up my motherboard until it died.

This issue happened over the weekend so I'm waiting until Swiftech's phone lines open and I'll give them a call, I just want them to approve my refund so the reseller I bought from can do it for me right away.

As for air cooling vs AIO I want to go for an AIO since they look better, I care less about performance these days and more about aesthetics/noise.

I've now discovered the EKWB predator 240, it looks pretty solid, what are people's opinion on it here?
    
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Originally Posted by moustang View Post

Both pumps may be made by Asetek, but they are different pumps and use very different radiators.

The radiator on the Kraken is 31mm shorter in length but is also 1mm thicker. The pump on the Kraken is variable speed while the pump on the Corsair runs at 100% at all times.

From the testing I've seen the H115i does a slightly better job at cooling, but the Kraken has a 6 year warranty compared to Corsair's 5 year warranty.



I run a Corsair H110 and a Kraken X41 in my PC. Personally I prefer the Kraken. I get excellent cooling from it with the fan turned down to only 30% at which point it is almost silent. I have to run the two fans on the H110 at 40% to get the cooling I want out of it and they are noticeably louder. Also the H110 sometimes produces a brief squirting sound from the cooler which I don't get from the Kraken. If I had the choice to do it over I would have got the Kraken X61 instead of the H110.

However, that's the H110. In theory the H115i is improved, but I don't have any first hand experience with it to say.

Where did you come up with this? They are the same rad using the same core, it only the shell on the X61 that is slightly larger to allow for a larger stamped logo. The pump is exactly the same excepting the X61 having the ability to run slower to quiet down the awful pump whine that Aseteks have. Same gpm and head pressure.

So.....same off the shelf Aseteks with different logos, fans and software.
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