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You can direct die a CPU with a water block but you're looking at a 5c difference over what you had with the IHS.
GPUs can usually gain 100 maybe even 200Mhz when you water cool them, the CPU isn't likely to gain much of anything unless you're thermally limited instead of power limited.
Exactly why it's harder to cool a CPU is a bit unclear but there are a few things to note:
CPUs are sold pretty close to max OCs already while GPUs (since Pascal) have the BIOS completely locked down so we can't apply voltage and power the way we can with a CPU, the cards will not apply more power unless you cool them.
A 200w CPU means your CPU alone is pulling 200w while a 300w GPU means the whole board is splitting the power, not all of it is going to the die you're trying to cool.
As always delidding is an effective option and so is researching and getting an AIB card with a good cooler. Beyond that watercooling has almost no value unless you have the best possible GPU and still want a slight bump in perfomance, you're always better off going from a 2080 to a 2080 TI instead of spending even more on a loop.
Cooler is really only "better" if you're chasing higher clocks...otherwise there's nothing wrong with having a CPU that runs in the 80s under stress and a GPU that games in the high 70s. IF you still have a 10-20c delta between you coolest and hottest cores, yeah it might be a good idea to check the delid, there could be too much silicon making a gap or the TIM could be spread poorly.
Originally Posted by SpeedyVT
If you're not doing extreme things to parts for the sake of extreme things regardless of the part you're not a real overclocker.
Originally Posted by doyll
The key is generally not which brands are good but which specific products are. Motherboards and GPUs are perfect examples of companies having everything from golden to garbage function/quality.
Asus Sabertooth Z97 MkII 2
16gb G.Skill Sniper 2400Mhz
2x Kingston v300 120gb RAID 0
Seasonic 620w M12 II EVO
Cooler Master 212 Evo
I have pretty lights.
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