Originally Posted by ciarlatano
On the P12/P14 confusion....you asked about 280mm rads, which use two 140mm fans. The P12 is a 120mm fan, it is not the correct size for a 280mm rad. The P14 is the 140mm variation in the series. You want P14s for a 280mm rad.
If you look at the results in the review you linked, you will notice that the more heat that is used, the better the Eisbaer performs in relation to the other coolers. At 5GHz, it is the top performer, and the only other cooler close is over 10 dB louder trying to keep up.
Other reasons? Yes, the Eisbaer is expandable, and all copper (no mixed metals).
And, yes, custom loops can provide significantly better cooling at significantly lower noise levels than AiOs. But that will also come at a higher price.
Oh, my mistake about the fans then. I got confused.
I just looked up the dimensions of the Eisbaer, and my god is it long. It won't fit in my case, unfortunately.
This is actually kind of sad. I'm checking out the dimensions of these, and I don't even think I have enough clearance for 280mm AIOs IF the radiators incorporate extra length. This might mean I would have to go with some 240mm instead, potentially. I'll have to look at some other coolers and measure them all.
One thing I noticed about the charts on the KitGuru site is that Corsair H100i Platinum is missing from the 5 GHz chart, but is consistently the highest on the lower loads. I looked it up out of curiosity, and noticed that it's much cheaper. On other sites, benchmarks show it performing extremely well, often times even better than the H115i Platinum. Is it worth considering?
There's also the new Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT that just came out. Trying to look up benchmarks, but there aren't much to work with. It looks promising from what I've seen, though.
Update: Okay, I settled on the Corsair iCUE H100i RGB Pro XT in the end, because my case can only fit 240mm, and it seemed to give the best performance from what I've seen of 240mm benchmarks. Let's hope that it performs better than my NH-D15.
I can only assume that the reason why I'm getting poor temps on the NH-D15 is because of airflow and space. Hitting 80-90 on that cooler doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and every benchmark I've seen so far never hits it. I can only assume that there is inefficiency happening. Perhaps air pressure and ambient temps are negatively affecting its performance.