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I'm currently using a Corsair H110 to cool my 6950X. One of the original fans started to loose a bearing so I am now using some Phantek 1600RPM fans to get the job done.

I have my chip clocked to 3.7Ghz across all cores with conservative vcore. This gets me to around 67*C on the hottest core after sustained 100% load. The fans are running 100% in this scenario. Case airflow is above average.

Without a doubt my processor has more potential but I do a lot of video transcoding so I like to keep the temps reasonable over the hours of sustained load.

I do have some experience with water cooling but it's been more than a few years. I've been thinking of putting my CPU under a custom loop but I'm not sure how much I need.

How would a custom 240/280mm loop compare to the little Corsair? My case (750D Airflow) does have accommodations for a triple radiator but it would cost me 5.25" bays that I need to retain.
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How would a custom 240/280mm loop compare to the little Corsair? My case (750D Airflow) does have accommodations for a triple radiator but it would cost me 5.25" bays that I need to retain.

Going to depend on specifics, but a solid 240/280 loop is quite a bit better than an H110 (especially the original H110). Any decent custom loop is also going to feature a copper radiator (vs. aluminum on the H110), a better block, and much better flow rate.

Your case has a fair bit of room, so you could accommodate a thicker radiator for more surface area, or fan ducts/shrouds or push-pull for better air flow.

240/280 isn't ideal for pushing a 6950X, but 4GHz+ 24/7 should still be easily achievable.
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Going to depend on specifics, but a solid 240/280 loop is quite a bit better than an H110 (especially the original H110). Any decent custom loop is also going to feature a copper radiator (vs. aluminum on the H110), a better block, and much better flow rate.

Your case has a fair bit of room, so you could accommodate a thicker radiator for more surface area, or fan ducts/shrouds or push-pull for better air flow.

240/280 isn't ideal for pushing a 6950X, but 4GHz+ 24/7 should still be easily achievable.

Mine is, as far as I know, an original H110 as I seem to recall buying it shortly after its release. If a quality 240/280 will yield improvement then I think I may just go that route. While I have to admit it would be fun seeing where the limits of the chip are, for the time being I just need all I can without sacrificing temperature or stability.

Thanks for your wisdom on the topic thumb.gif
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A 240 is not much of a change in temps. A 280 on the other hand would trounce a 110i temperaturewise so long as your Corsair is significantly above ambient.

Remember that no watercooler(CLC or custom) can ever cool below ambient without help from a chiller device. Inline or AC. thumb.gif

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