Hmmm, why don't we see air cooled cars any more, hmmmm, since they are more reliable. hmmmmmm
edit: not surprised coming from an H50 user
To start, the transition from air cooling to liquid cooling in automobiles has nothing to do with reliability. In fact, from a reliability standpoint it was a step backwards. One of the by far most reliable cars ever built, the original VW Beetle was aircooled. There are no headgaskets to blow, no water pumps to wear out, no radiator to crack or clog, no hoses, no coolant. Just one easily replaced belt.
In addition to that, many airplanes are to this day, still aircooled. Anybody that knows about aircraft regulations knows that reliability is held at a nearly absurdly high standard, for instance magneto ignition systems and carburetors are still also common on small aircraft simply for the fact that they are more reliable than electronic fuel injection and sequential electronic ignition systems.
This is the exact same case when it comes to computers. An air cooler is just a heatsink and a fan, heatsinks never wear out and computer fans are so wel engineered by this point that theyre extremely reliable. This is opposed to a water cooling system where you have many more points of failure.
1) Fans burning out
2) Heatsink clogging with dust
1) Fans burning out
2) Radiator clogging with dust
3) Radiator clogging internally
4) Blocks clogging internally
5) Pump burning up
4) Hoses failing
5) Clamps failing
6) Reservoir failing
7) Need for regularly replacing coolant
Im all for liquid cooling, it has tremendous benefits and Im looking forward to building my own loop one day, but aircooling is significantly more reliable. I dont see how anybody could disagree with something so blatantly obvious.
As for youre comment about me having an H50, Im not sure what youre implying. Not that it matters, youre generalization about me due to having said cooler have zero argumentative importance.
Edited by Full_Tilt - 4/21/11 at 8:52pm