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Does Watercooling Suck?


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Mar 21, 2007
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Ive always thought that watercooling was the next step in cooling, above air. The "enthusiest" solution if u will.

Now, trying to pick the right coolers for my next ultimate-end PC, i see that watercooling is actually not much better than air-cooling at keeping down temperatures.

This, coupled with the headache that u get with trying to set up watercooling, means to me that watercooling kind of well.. sucks.
I mean watercooling is a lot more expensive than air-cooling, its much more difficult to set up, its noisier, there are a lot more things that u have to worry about.. and frankly, if the cooling isnt better, why bother?

VF900 beats Tide Water

CNPS 9500 beats Big Water

My guess is that air-cooling has come so far in the past year that high-end air coolers, like the Tuniq Tower, the Scythe Infinity, the VF900, the HR-03, and the CNPS 9700, have just become a lot better than noisy watercooling.

Now, im assuming that if u have enough money, u could probably get a watercooling kit that will outdo any air cooler.. but then where is price/performance being concearned? I can buy a Tec9 cooler, or a Liquid Nitrogen cooler, or even build my own for that price.

So does anyone agree with this, or have i just been looking in the wrong place for watercooling (it seems to be the only ones that u can find now-adays)?

Thnx for listening.


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thermaltake water solutions are far away from solutions like dangerden ;)


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don't buy a prebuilt one because most of them air is better then them but if u build your own it is a lot better
Apr 7, 2006
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thermaltake products in water cooling sucks....really. I have installed 10-12 of them, and all performed poor. I think its due to a crappy water block and/or an inefficient radiator. The cooper in the radiator comes pre-corroded...SWEET!

But the major factor with any cooling is ambient temperatures. Your fan, your radiator, you whatever needs cool air to cool down. The cooler the better. So if you are do H2O, make sure you have the coolest air blowing in to it. That is how achieve you gonna achieve maximum performance, because higher concentration of cold air = higher transfer of heat...
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i bought the thermaltake bigwater 735, only because the price was right, everything but the pump needs to be reconfigured, but it comes 3/4 tubing which is fine with me. frozencpu.com makes all your dreams come true :)
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Seems the Corsair Nautilus 500 screems at loaded temps evens verses VERY expensive air systems, read a few reviews.