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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 01:29 PM - Thread Starter
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AIO for 9900K at 5.0/Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme

I picked up a 9900K binned for 5GHz from Silicon Lottery when they came back in stock this morning and had them delid it as well. I have been running an open loop for a few years now and am looking at simplifying things by going back to an AIO if possible but I know the 9900K has a reputation for running hot. I know most of time there is really very little difference between AIO’s as they all typically share some variant of the Asutek pump but then stumbled on the Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme 280mm AIO and was curious what everyone here thinks. I find myself focusing less and less on over clocking and I really would not mind the convenience of an AIO. For the types of games I play like flight simulators and RPGs I don’t need the bleeding edge of performance but do still like having the power to run some of the more demanding titles from time to time. Any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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CLC coolers give you the worst of everything they are worse than real liquid cooling and they cost more than air coolers while not being that much better and also being much louder
If overclocking is not that huge of a deal for you anymore buy an air cooler its cheaper more quiet more reliable and there are no risks of leaks or pumps failing

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If you have a loud AIO then it's faulty.

Been happy with my 9900K + H115i Pro, super quiet and handles things fine @ 5.0.

Look into the Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT or Noctua NH-D15 if you wanna go the air route, H115i/H150i if you wanna go the AIO route IMO.

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Quote: Originally Posted by shilka View Post
CLC coolers give you the worst of everything they are worse than real liquid cooling and they cost more than air coolers while not being that much better and also being much louder
If overclocking is not that huge of a deal for you anymore buy an air cooler its cheaper more quiet more reliable and there are no risks of leaks or pumps failing
An air cooler would be a very poor choice for a 9900k @ 5.0 Ghz..... it would also be very loud.

My H115i is not loud, AIO coolers do not have a reputation for being loud..... water cooling is far superior than air coolers.
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CLC coolers give you the worst of everything they are worse than real liquid cooling and they cost more than air coolers while not being that much better and also being much louder
Is this a joke?

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Thanks for the replies folks. Different opinions are not always a bad thing and we certainly have a few here. I will say that my custom loops have always been quieter than any AIO I have ever used, it’s been ages since I actually used one. I have read good things about the one I mentioned as well as the newer Corsair H115i Platinum and these were the direction I have been leaning. Still interested in hearing more people’s experiences with AIO’s and the 9900K. The particular CPU I ordered is binned for 5GHz at 1.300V, AVX 2 so I imagine it has a little more headroom there if I ever wanted to go past 5GHz but I can’t imagine I will. Currently my 7700K at 5.1Ghz rarely breaks 50C under load. Well, my normal use case load, not any form of stress test. That is my comparison.
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An air cooler would be a very poor choice for a 9900k @ 5.0 Ghz..... it would also be very loud.

My H115i is not loud, AIO coolers do not have a reputation for being loud..... water cooling is far superior than air coolers.
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...lc-cooler.html

Water cooling is superior to air when its done right yes but a CLC cooler is NOT a custom loop and even the open AIO kits from say EK, Swiftech and Alphacool are far superior to the low quality garbage you get with an Assetek CLC

Assetek CLC coolers are overpriced overrated overhyped loud and reliable, the concept of the CLC is not the problem here the market monopoly of Assetek and their garbage is
I have had 6 Assetek CLC coolers from 3 brands and they all sucked and all of them failed within a year and nothing anyone tells me will ever change that experience

The Alphacool OP was looking at is not a bad option but the usual Assetek based coolers are garbage
Some of the best air coolers by the way is not that inferior in some cases so you might want to reevaluate that statement

Edit: CLC coolers should have its own section on the forum they do not belong in the liquid cooling section

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EK fluid gaming kit 360mm kit will be best for 9900k Overclocking. Fluid kit have all aluminum parts so costs less. If price is no problem for you, then you can go with regular copper parts.
If you're expecting highest performance and silence then AIO is not for you.
Go with custom loop believe me cooling and noise performance will depend on radiator size+thickness+fpi and pump speed.
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Quote: Originally Posted by shilka View Post
https://www.overclock.net/forum/61-w...lc-cooler.html

Water cooling is superior to air when its done right yes but a CLC cooler is NOT a custom loop and even the open AIO kits from say EK, Swiftech and Alphacool are far superior to the low quality garbage you get with an Assetek CLC

Assetek CLC coolers are overpriced overrated overhyped loud and reliable, the concept of the CLC is not the problem here the market monopoly of Assetek and their garbage is
I have had 6 Assetek CLC coolers from 3 brands and they all sucked and all of them failed within a year and nothing anyone tells me will ever change that experience

The Alphacool OP was looking at is not a bad option but the usual Assetek based coolers are garbage
Some of the best air coolers by the way is not that inferior in some cases so you might want to reevaluate that statement

Edit: CLC coolers should have its own section on the forum they do not belong in the liquid cooling section
For all the "Asstek" complaining you've done, its all for naught. The current H115i RGB is not an Asetek cooler and neither is the H100i RGB.
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