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The Big Air Cooling Sticky!

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Hardware' started by Lardman, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. micsway123

    micsway123 Member

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    or the biggest cpu fan you've never seen?

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  2. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Bwuhahaha, might as well just stick a regular floor fan on the side of ya pc. Pretty cool novelty item for the man cave.
     
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  3. micsway123

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    hey raincloudx I notice you always go with tower/air coolers over AIO, any reason for this?

    I've been rocking an EK240 and thinking about going back to a Noctua D15 mainly for acoustic reasons.

    performance about the same I believe?
     
  4. Sankari

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    Zalman coolers were so damn good. Back in the day I had an Nvidia branded CNPS9700 NT.
     
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  5. raincloudx

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    I don't think any air cooler can match a 360/280, but the high end coolers are just as good if not better than the 240 rads.

    I just prefer air due to less risk, don't want to deal with a leak haha although I have a Ek280 AIO in my second rig - looks amazing.

    Is yours loud due to the pump or fans? Cos I found the EK fans loud, replaced them with Arctics and its so much better.
     
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  6. anthonyl

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    Not after a Chromax Black are you by any chance are you? I'm going AIO and will be selling mine. (It's the BIG one).
     
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  7. Blinky

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    Yeah I might be interested - pm me, please.
     
  8. micsway123

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    I too swapped the fans with noctus actually and I think I find the setup a tad bit more noisy because it requires a top mount exhaust on my case which would otherwise be closed if I had a tower cooler.

    I used to have one just not as big as the D15, I'm tempted to give it a go.
     
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    if you listed it for sale I might be tempted to bid :)
     
  10. Blinky

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    It's already gone mate.
     
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  11. BurningFeetMan

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    Finally found this thread hiding here, and can’t believe there’s no sub-forum for everyday air cooler talk!

    Now that I’ve updated my Intel 4460 into a Node 804 case and fitted it with a Geforce 770 GTX, it’s not cooling enough with some of the more pressing games, so I purchased my first 3rd party cooler in over 10 years! Just awaiting my new Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler Black Edition V2 to arrive in the mail. :leet:
     
  12. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I reckon a poll would be interesting here to see what is being used by people these days, but I reckon AIO's are now fairly dominant by most enthusiast / semi enthusiast users now. There's certainly been a shift away from air cooling imo, since AOI's went much more mainstream. Personally I love them for how they unclutter the case and are pretty quiet.
     
  13. Blinky

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    Nooooo!
    This is my 3rd one.

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    … but yes I agree the AIO would be hitting big numbers. When my fan fails the CPU won’t die, but what happens when the AIO pump fails hmmm?
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Bwuhahaha, that things huge! Actually I had a noctua big ass hsf and they rock, but it was massive and came close to hitting the case window :D

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    Surely in either situation cpu overheat protection kicks in. But with AIO's the failure rate is very low (we had a lengthy discussion here previously iirc) and we're looking at 7 years for pump failure. Now I know for me it's rare to keep a cooler anywhere past probably 3 or 4 years, so for me personally I'm never really concerned with pump failure.
     
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  15. ShadowBurger

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    exactly, and the argument for 'ive had my PC for 9 years and it's still going strong' is kind of negated by being the kind of person who doesn't give a toss about their PC - might as well buy an air cooler in the first place then

    love this Noctua... but I do wish it was black

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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    They definitely looks much better in black rather than the poo brown colours. Awesome coolers but I've never understood why Noctua persisted with poo brown :p
     
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    because it screams "I paid for a quality Noctua fan' rather than just be generic black.
    I kinda like them but I also don't give much of a shit about aesthetics - and I have a clear case to show off my brown noctua fans. :)


    Air vs AIO coolers.
    I prefer air. The Thermaltake AIO cooler I had was noisier than a noctua air cooler. (pump noise).
    Plus it ended up leaking which is no bueno.
     
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    Can anyone identify this noctua heatsink? It's missing one of the 120mm fans that came with it, thanks guys!
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  19. Blinky

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    Have a look here -> https://noctua.at/en/nh-d15s
    You can load up “products” and match the photos.
     
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    Been a couple of days since updating from stock Intel i5-4460 heatsink to my new Hyper 212 Black Edition. The temp drop has been approx 30°C.

    The game Pacer was what first sounded alarm bells. I didn’t realise at the time that the micro-stutters the game was throwing were due to CPU temps of 85°+ :wired:

    But with the upgrade done, temps stay below 55°C under full load, resulting in smooth as gameplay. And I must admit how impressed I am with i5-4460 keeping up with the games I’ve been throwing at it, albeit 60fps 1080p - which is fine for gaming from my couch.

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