Originally Posted by rares495
Wait, your AIO can't outperform a stock cooler? How is that possible? I knew Corsair were trash but not THAT trash.
It can't outperform the stock cooler on this
cpu. This exact AIO could easily handle my 8700k at 5.1ghz, 1.42v, 230w~
That's what led me to believe the CPU is the issue, since the radiator isn't even warm, the AIO isn't absorbing heat from the CPU. But I've remounted it multiple times and checked thermal paste spread each time, every time it has covered nearly the entire CPU IHS in a thin, even thickness film.
When running my 8700k the radiator and it's end tanks were HOT, and hot air was pouring off of the rad.
Now there's like just barely above room temp air coming off the rad.