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From Water -> Back to air?

Poll Results: Would you go back?

 
  • 22% (20)
    Yes I would
  • 39% (34)
    No, I love my water
  • 37% (33)
    I dont have water cooling, but I want to get it soon
87 Total Votes  
post #1 of 56
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I have a question for all the water coolers out there. If you had the choice to go back to air cooling and not spend the money you did on water cooling, would you do it?
post #2 of 56
who voted yes? , should be ashamed of yourself... I love my water, don't you refresh?
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Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
who voted yes? , should be ashamed of yourself... I love my water, don't you refresh?
I think its alright, nothing spectacular. Definatly worth $240 though. Load temps dropped 15C
post #4 of 56
I hear people say load temps... what exactly are they? Can someone explain the difference between idle and load? Thanks
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I hear people say load temps... what exactly are they? Can someone explain the difference between idle and load? Thanks
Idle temps are when you leave your computer running with no apps open for about 5 minutes. Load temps are when you run stress testers such as Prime95 and Orthos.
post #6 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by puzzledazn View Post
I hear people say load temps... what exactly are they? Can someone explain the difference between idle and load? Thanks
Well, water has much better load temps, but it can't compete with air cooling for idle temps.
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post #7 of 56
water is better, no doubt. But good air coolers are nothing to scoff at. My tuniq has my e6600 @ 3.6. Full load is 44, with 1.425 volts.
    
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post #8 of 56
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Wow, more people want to go back than I expected
post #9 of 56
Yeah, I would go back to air. The old P4s needed really good cooling if you wanted to o/c them well, but it seems that with every new core and core revision Intel bring out, temps are becoming progressively less of an issue. I'm not sure that water-cooling, (for CPUs anyway) is even going to be necessary in a year or two. So many really good o/c's are being had now, on increasingly good (and less expensive than water) air coolers, it seems to me that the money I've invested in water cooling is becoming increasingly less justified.

I might sell off my water-cooling stuff in the near future and invest in a really good motherboard, air cooler and a better graphics card.

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post #10 of 56
this is an interesting thread seeing how i just posted a thread about getting some watercooling. thanks
   
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