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Currently best AIO that can beat Noctua D15?

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As good as the D15 is for my mild OC on 5820K, it is simply too big for placement of other components. I am thinking of going AIO and get rid of the D15. So what is considered the best performer in terms of AIO that will beat D15 in performance while still being quiet? I am seeing controdictive results from different review sites. Over here Predator280 seems to be the best, while some other site claim Corsair H110/H115 are the best. Really confused here.

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Is noise a priority? If so, a lot of CLCs will end up disappointing you, and you might be better off with a smaller air cooler. The custom loop AIOs are excellent in general, but some are more consistent and reliable than others.

At this time, the Swiftech H220/320-X2, and Alphacool Eisbaer 240 and larger are decent. EK has a new modular system coming up soon, their first attempt did not go as well.

If noise is not a concern and reliable, lower cost performance is then sure any of the Corsair, NZXT, EVGA, Cooler Master etc CLCs will do the job for your setup. Get a dual 120/140 mm radiator version if possible.
 
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Noise is not first problem. Space is. The Fury X radiator is fighting with D15 for space.
 

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Asetek makes all of them. Most performance difference are minute if existent at all. Pick the one that fits the case, look and budget you want.
 

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In the end, it comes down to the bigger the radiator the better the performance. I'd shoot for anything with a 280 rad, if you case can take it.
 
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What about Swiftech 240x2 prestige or 320x2?
 

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don't buy anything made by asetek they are all trash
i was looking @ who makes my last few H2O coolers, and it seems as though they are made by Asetek. what is it that makes them so bad? ive never had one fail, and am naturally curious.

my current H110iGTX is a 280mm beast.
 

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i was looking @ who makes my last few H2O coolers, and it seems as though they are made by Asetek. what is it that makes them so bad? ive never had one fail, and am naturally curious.
remember the whole corsair leakage debacle and there relatively high case of pump failure
all asetek units they are cheap cheap cheap and you can do better for not much more money
 
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I assume H240X2 is not made by Asetek then. Not a fan of the RGB crap but as long as it clears out most space and does not leak I am totally fine.

I saw EKWB Predator 280 as the most recommended from TPU review. However somehow EKWB listed it as "end of life" Anybody knows why? New, maybe better AIO from EKWB??
 
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remember the whole corsair leakage debacle and there relatively high case of pump failure
all asetek units they are cheap cheap cheap and you can do better for not much more money
I don't recall that situation. Was it a particular model or was it varying models all produced by them

I do however recall maybe 2010'ish when AIO coolers first started coming out through rebrand makers like Corsair etc in large #'s, corsair had that stupid ribbed tubing that iirc broke on users. It was really ridged, and inflexible

EDIT
ill google it.
 
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After reading reviews on Swiftech AIO I gave up the idea. Premature leakage seems to be a HUGE problem. So Switftech is no go. I will either wait for EKWB to put out a new AIO or simply put a third fan on the D15.
 
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As good as the D15 is for my mild OC on 5820K, it is simply too big for placement of other components. I am thinking of going AIO and get rid of the D15. So what is considered the best performer in terms of AIO that will beat D15 in performance while still being quiet? I am seeing controdictive results from different review sites. Over here Predator280 seems to be the best, while some other site claim Corsair H110/H115 are the best. Really confused here.

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I don't know if it beats it, but the CM Nepton 120XL I'm using was really quiet, but I've ran CPU fan profile from mobo header and not via AiO. That's always noisy for no reason. 5820K at 4.5GHz, keeping it at around 80°C under full load. Just one fan on radiator, the other was actually case intake.

I don't understand why is there a need to run AiO's so high to keep CPU's at 60°C for no logical reason. Keep fans low and enjoy the benefits of AiO. That's low noise. 80°C is perfectly comfy temperature for so many cores and such high clocks...
 

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After reading reviews on Swiftech AIO I gave up the idea. Premature leakage seems to be a HUGE problem. So Switftech is no go. I will either wait for EKWB to put out a new AIO or simply put a third fan on the D15.
All AIO coolers have one issue or another- sacrifice you make for a smaller footprint (in the area of the cpu at least) and improved performance over air cooling- air cooling has no moving parts so it will always be more reliable. Note that Corsair often covers damage to components if their AIO's happen to leak and break something.

An AIO that will beat a D-15? I would go with a Corsair H70/H80 (or equivalent newer model from Corsair/Cooler Master/NZXT) at a minimum.
 
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I ordered the kraken 62 cuz its sexy :laugh:

good performance/aesthetic

i agree d-15 is massive

Corsair H70/H80.
need at least 280's aio to be equivalent or better than D-15
 
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After reading reviews on Swiftech AIO I gave up the idea. Premature leakage seems to be a HUGE problem. So Switftech is no go. I will either wait for EKWB to put out a new AIO or simply put a third fan on the D15.
U14s? That works.
 

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How about H115i? Best right now?
 
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The so called "quiet" modes are all ridiculously loud. No wonder they achieve sub 70°C temperatures... Make it even further loose.
 

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The H80i GT in this review respectfully disagrees with you:



http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/72...formance-liquid-cpu-cooler-review/index7.html

The D-15 is a damn fine cooler, one of the best air coolers out there imo, but some of the smaller AIO's have outstanding performance.
I don't believe those results for one second. You can't simply use a thicker radiator with a single fan and have it be better than a bigger radiator with more fans and much larger surface area.
 
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I don't believe those results for one second. You can't simply use a thicker radiator with a single fan and have it be better than a bigger radiator with more fans and much larger surface area.
Only way to tell is to conduct a test using the same fans on both set ups.
 

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Only way to tell is to conduct a test using the same fans on both set ups.
The way I see it is, a cooler is not just a radiator or heatsink. It is the complete package including thermal paste, fans etc. But I will save you the trouble- even on the same fan at the same fan speed(s), a dual 120 mm radiator will outperform a single 120 mm radiator. I have tested it across multiple products- CLCs, expandable AIOs, custom loops.
 

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As good as the D15 is for my mild OC on 5820K, it is simply too big for placement of other components. I am thinking of going AIO and get rid of the D15. So what is considered the best performer in terms of AIO that will beat D15 in performance while still being quiet? I am seeing controdictive results from different review sites. Over here Predator280 seems to be the best, while some other site claim Corsair H110/H115 are the best. Really confused here.

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I have an H100 from 4 years ago, still working great in a system I sold to a friend. Currently running an H110 bought 2 years ago. No noise, leaks, or any other problems from either. Never heard any pump noise, but the Corsair fans that come with are somewhat loud at high RPMs, so I replaced with Noctua redux. The Corsair leaking problem mentioned was very rare and limited to one bad batch, I think. The EKWB Predators had a 10% failure rate from leaking at the water block, but were quickly updated and fixed. Get the H115i, Corsair AIOs are generally very reliable, and perform well, within a couple degrees of custom loop with same size radiator. I went with AIO water for the same reason, air cooler takes too much room, hard to access ports and headers, stress on motherboard...