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Good 280mm radiator AiO?

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I just pulled a trigger on Silverstone's Kublai case (finally found a case that does the airflow and noise dampening right on front and top without stupid glass windows) and realized it would be smart to fit a 280mm radiator on top of it and move everything to 140mm realm. Only problem is, most 280mm radiator AiO coolers seem to perform worse than Nepton 120XL that I have currently. Especially BeQuiet Silent Loop 280 which was my first go to option since I like BeQuiet stuff, but in few tests that I read, it performed really poorly. Quietest, but performance was suffering because of it.

Only other two options I can think of are CM MasterLiquid Pro 280 and Corsair Hydro H115i Pro 280 (which has an awkward SATA power connection, but I guess I could work it out). These both come with one of best fans one can ask for, so that's certainly a huge plus and which would save me from buying a pair of extra SilentWings 3... Any other recommendation?
 
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NZXT X62,if that's not too expensive.Good performer,quiet,and 6 years of warranty.

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I used the X62 on a 1950X build. Very good quality. Only problem is I don't like the CAM software.

I would also recommend EVGA CLC 280 if you dont want any of the RGB shit.
 
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Is CAM necessary to use anyway? I always connect AiO in such a way that pump works at 100% at all times and fans are connected to motherboard so I control my own curve via BIOS anyway. Is RGB nonsense off if you don't use any software or is it ON by default? The case is blacked out anyway, but I prefer if RGB things are off by default if no software used.
 
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bling bling on X62 aio can be controlled using CAM software even speed of pump or fans.
 
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RGB on pumps and fans usually has separate wires to connect them, so leave it unplugged if you don't want it.
 
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i prefer a software fan control over BIOS. SpeedFan is awesome if you dont have RGB.
 
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I don't. I had it with Antec and software support was bad. With BIOS, it's OS independent and it just always works as you set it. Especially since I have separate CPU and System sensors so I can tie fan operation to CPU temperature or System temperature. For everything. Which is very flexible.

I'm frankly leaning towards MasterLiquid Pro 280, CoolerMaster makes some really good AiO's, but they are really hard to find where I'm looking for them.
 
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Be wary that Krakens have not been free of issues. NZXT customer service is OK at fixing it though, luckily. But they've had some very high fail rates at times.
If you turn off the RGB, don't bother IMO. Its the usp of the Kraken really, and the reason its so expensive.
 
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I don't. I had it with Antec and software support was bad. With BIOS, it's OS independent and it just always works as you set it. Especially since I have separate CPU and System sensors so I can tie fan operation to CPU temperature or System temperature. For everything. Which is very flexible.

I'm frankly leaning towards MasterLiquid Pro 280, CoolerMaster makes some really good AiO's, but they are really hard to find where I'm looking for them.
Antec software was shit to begin with, no wonder you shy away from all software now. Hah!
 
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I'm shying away from it because I don't need or want it. BIOS just works better and is 100% independent and zero compatibility issues with stupid drivers.
 
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I'm frankly leaning towards MasterLiquid Pro 280, CoolerMaster makes some really good AiO's, but they are really hard to find where I'm looking for them.
I have the 240 version and can vouch for it so far.
 
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But that's 240. The reason I'm now picking 140mm fans is their acoustic profile. SilentWings 3 140mm can run at 1600RPM and is not annoying at all while pushing a lot of air. 120mm fan is significantly more annoying. In general 140mm ones have a much more pleasing noise profile.

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Oh, they also have 280 version. Although their fans are a bit cheap, only sleeve bearing? I have bad experience with high temperatures and sleeve bearing fans. And their oil chamber will be pressing against the radiator...
 
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I use a corsair aio and can only recommend it if you don´t mind spending extra and replace the fans. Have the H110i on my R7 1800x, it is oc´ed and spits out some heat that the H110 dealt with for over a year without degrading so far. But the fans were much to loud. Those fans were by far the most noise even when spinning at low rpm.
I ended up paying extra and replacing them, not really ideal.
 
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I use a Kracken x42 and a Corsair H110i and I honestly prefer CAM over the Corsair software.

You can do everything in CAM,monitor, OC etc... Very nice software suite.
The bling is nice.

I also agree with @Dinnercore if you go Corsair replace the fans... They are alright but aren't what I consider "good"
 
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Disregard it if you have decided against air cooling, but when it comes to cooling cpu and all components around it while being silent, clcs just can't f**k with air

cpu temps under load



ram



vrm



noise




also,remeber those temps you see on clc tests are either with open test bench or clc as front intake. Once you position the clc on top it will get worse, by 6-8 in this test (na górze - top exhaust, z przodu - front intake)

 
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Disregard it if you have decided against air cooling, but when it comes to cooling cpu and all components around it while being silent, clcs just can't f**k with air

cpu temps under load



ram



vrm



noise




also,remeber those temps you see on clc tests are either with open test bench or clc as front intake. Once you position the clc on top it will get worse, by 6-8 in this test (na górze - top exhaust, z przodu - front intake)

the same can be said about aircoolers... which are great on a open test... but as soon as they're in a case they have to use hot air...

At lease with a CLC you can use it as an intake and temps won't suffer.

They dont make a 280 but the reeven naia 240 looks like an awesome cooler, and is refillable.
 
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the same can be said about aircoolers... which are great on a open test... but as soon as they're in a case they have to use hot air...

At lease with a CLC you can use it as an intake and temps won't suffer.

They dont make a 280 but the reeven naia 240 looks like an awesome cooler, and is refillable.
only this one was tested in closed case and air still looks better than most clcs temps/noise,while having a very good impact on ram and vrm and lower price.
 
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Is CAM necessary to use anyway? I always connect AiO in such a way that pump works at 100% at all times and fans are connected to motherboard so I control my own curve via BIOS anyway. Is RGB nonsense off if you don't use any software or is it ON by default? The case is blacked out anyway, but I prefer if RGB things are off by default if no software used.
Are you asking this about RGB in general? I can tell you the Corsair Hydro auto defaults to cycling RGB.. you'll need iCUE to turn it off or set to one color.
 
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https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8494/reeven-naia-240-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html

this one beats out the nhd15 slightly and is really quiet... (not as quiet as the d15 but still very good).

if you read the reviews around the web (including the TPU one) it actually competes with the 280s well, and beats out a few of them, and doesnt have that annoying dry up issue that the other clcs have.

One more thing that's bad with clcs is that performance does degrade over time... Air coolers do not. This at least gets it a bit closer to a quiet low end custom loop.
 
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I just pulled a trigger on Silverstone's Kublai case (finally found a case that does the airflow and noise dampening right on front and top without stupid glass windows) and realized it would be smart to fit a 280mm radiator on top of it and move everything to 140mm realm. Only problem is, most 280mm radiator AiO coolers seem to perform worse than Nepton 120XL that I have currently. Especially BeQuiet Silent Loop 280 which was my first go to option since I like BeQuiet stuff, but in few tests that I read, it performed really poorly. Quietest, but performance was suffering because of it.

Only other two options I can think of are CM MasterLiquid Pro 280 and Corsair Hydro H115i Pro 280 (which has an awkward SATA power connection, but I guess I could work it out). These both come with one of best fans one can ask for, so that's certainly a huge plus and which would save me from buying a pair of extra SilentWings 3... Any other recommendation?
The chart position of any AIO cooler is really dependent on the fans and fan profiles being used, so I recommend the cheapest Corsair 280mm rad, and replace fans with Noctua or Corsair ML, since the stock fans suck. Corsair because my H110 has been running flawlessly and silently for 4 years now, with no loss of performance. I'm using Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM fans, powerful, quiet, no brown color.
 
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The chart position of any AIO cooler is really dependent on the fans and fan profiles being used, so I recommend the cheapest Corsair 280mm rad, and replace fans with Noctua or Corsair ML, since the stock fans suck. Corsair because my H110 has been running flawlessly and silently for 4 years now, with no loss of performance. I'm using Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM fans, powerful, quiet, no brown color.
If you dont like the brown color the phanteks fans do really well and are dead silent too...
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...VHYGzCh01NQ4kEAQYASABEgJJfPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
 
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