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Will water cooling become less popular with the new sandy bridge?

Poll Results: Will SB cause WC'ing to lose popularity?

 
  • 1% (2)
    Yes, SB makes WC'ing your CPU obsolete.
  • 22% (30)
    Yes but, WC'ing will still be applied by people who want to take their CPU's to the max.
  • 3% (5)
    No, but some people will just WC their GPU's
  • 72% (99)
    No, nothing will change. WC'ing FTW!!!
136 Total Votes  
post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Sand bridge runs much cooler then the previous generation of CPU's.
Some people say that no extreme cooling will be needed for this generation.
Will water cooling take a dive in popularity since it's more expensive than air cooling?
Will water cooling be restricted to GPU's?

What's your take on the future of watercooling?
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post #2 of 26
All this means is that it takes less to get to a higher point. Water cooling may now get you to 6GHz and LN2 to 9001GHz (it's over 9000!).
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post #3 of 26
Unlikely, as most people watercool so they can achieve the highest possible OCs at the lowest possible temperatures. Most people watercool for the thrill of the chase rather than because its a requirement. That and we really like quiet computers
    
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post #4 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Detroitsoldier View Post
All this means is that it takes less to get to a higher point. Water cooling may now get you to 6GHz and LN2 to 9001GHz (it's over 9000!).
Finally lol. I sense new oc records coming with sandy bridge
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post #5 of 26
I don't think there are many who watercool their CPU's out of necessity in the first place now but yeah, watercooling GPU's.
    
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post #6 of 26
It depends. Those with watercooling setups will not need to change anything bar the backplate to support the 1155 socket. Add to that the much quieter operation and cooler temperatures; they have no reason to go back to air unless they need the money.

However, I do think it will prevent more users from going WCing in the future unless they do it for aesthetics and/or quietness. I mean if you could hit 4.8GHz with a $40 air cooler instead of having to spend $200 on watercooling loop, the choice is obvious.
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post #7 of 26
i will change nothing. it actually might increase the sales of watercooling cuz everyone is gonna push their cpus to some sick frequencies!
post #8 of 26
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I would like to add that there is a strong possibility that the max overclock will not hinge on heat but on voltage this time and could, in fact, be reached on air. I'm convinced that if this is the case CPU water-cooling will die out. Any thoughts?
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post #9 of 26
Not everyone watercools to overclock, and no, I don't think it will become any less popular.
    
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post #10 of 26
Watercooling won't die out. Maybe cheap watercooling parts will and it will become just a high end type thing and used in boutique computers instead of in nearly everything. Watercooling just seems to be a big tech fad right now and just like every fad it will die down for the masses when they realize it isn't worth it in the whole spectrum of "bang for your buck", but those with fat wallets and the desire to get great clocks silently will continue to wc. In my opinion, once you wc you will never go back to air.
 
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