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TechPowerUp Custom Water Cooling Survey and $1000 CORSAIR Giveaway


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Oct 9, 2007
42,335 (8.10/day)
Hyderabad, India
System Name RBMK-1000
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix B450-E Gaming
Cooling DeepCool Gammax L240 V2
Memory 2x 8GB G.Skill Sniper X
Video Card(s) Palit GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GameRock
Storage Western Digital Black NVMe 512GB
Display(s) BenQ 1440p 60 Hz 27-inch
Case Corsair Carbide 100R
Audio Device(s) ASUS SupremeFX S1220A
Power Supply Cooler Master MWE Gold 650W
Mouse ASUS ROG Strix Impact
Keyboard Gamdias Hermes E2
Software Windows 11 Pro
TechPowerUp loves cooling. We pride ourselves with bringing you hundreds of reviews, and thousands of news articles, covering PC cooling components of all shapes and sizes. With ever more powerful hardware comes the need to keep them cool and quiet. There are plenty of air coolers and pre-built AIO liquid cooling solutions available that you can install and forget about. If you still want to +1 that, then DIY custom liquid cooling exists as higher performing (and potentially quieter) option to pre-built AIO coolers, but it's also more expensive and complex. We are eager to know how you're cooling your PC, how you'd like to cool it in the future, and what your thoughts are on custom watercooling tech, so we've put together a survey to learn more.

The survey is for you, regardless of whether you've even used custom liquid-cooling before. We hope to better understand the custom watercooling market—people who never used it, veterans who've done it for years as well as recent members of the club. We also want to learn why you're not using watercooling, or why you are considering it for a future build. It will only take a few minutes of your time. Once data collection is completed on November 2nd, we'll put together an article summarizing the findings, with charts and everything. As a token of thanks, taking the survey also adds you to our Global Sweepstakes in association with CORSAIR, a leading brand for gaming peripherals and PC components. One lucky winner stands to win a Care Package worth $1000 from CORSAIR, which includes a K100 premium mechanical keyboard, a Virtuoso XT headset, a Sabre RGB Wireless mouse, an MM300 mousepad, an ST100 headset stand and two LT100 desktop ambient lighting towers; in a winner-takes-all prize. The survey and giveaway is open worldwide. In return for their support, Corsair gets access to the anonymized raw data. Please don't answer "Corsair is best" everywhere, just because they provide prizes, we're looking for honest opinions.

To participate in the Survey, please Visit This Page.

Update Oct 19th: Corsair saw your comments "why not watercooling prizes?"—the winner can now substitute the prizes for Corsair Hydro X components.

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Aug 5, 2015
249 (0.11/day)
Debrecen, Hungary
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX
Cooling be quiet! Pure Rock 2
Memory Kingston Fury Beast 16 GB
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G
Storage Samsung 870 EVO 1 TB, Western Digital Red 2 TB
Display(s) ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q
Case Fractal Design Define C + be quiet! Pure Wings 2
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DSX + Microlab B-77
Power Supply Seasonic Focus GX-550
Mouse Zowie ZA11
Keyboard Genius KB-235
Software Windows 10 Pro
Thank you for the opportunity. I've filled the survey, good luck everybody. :)

@btarunr @W1zzard I'm not sure who I should tag. I just want to let you know that I work in market research, so if you're planning on doing more surveys in the future, I might be able to give you a few advice. Just send me a message if you think I can be of your help. :)
Jan 27, 2015
674 (0.26/day)
System Name loon v4.0
Processor i7-11700K
Motherboard asus TUF Z590 wifi
Cooling Custom Loop
Memory ballistix 3600 cl16
Video Card(s) eVga 3060 xc
Storage 2tb SanDisk ultra, pny1311 240Gb.
Case cheap!
Power Supply eVGA supernova 750 G6
Mouse eats cheese
Keyboard warrior!
Benchmark Scores https://www.3dmark.com/spy/21765182 https://www.3dmark.com/pr/1114767
good luck to the winners. :D
Jan 25, 2020
612 (0.83/day)
System Name Still waiting for a 5900x/3080 or 6800xt...or not.
Processor I9 9900kf w/ HEATKILLER IV PRO Copper Nickel
Motherboard MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Cooling BarrowCH Boxfish 200mm-HWLabs SR2 420/GTX&GTS 360-BP Dual D5 MOD TOP-Koolance PMP 450-EK D5 PWM G2
Memory 4x8gb HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 4000
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2070 Duke 8G OC w/ Byski N RTX2080TI X
Storage XPG SX8200 PRO 1TB NVMe M.2 / Crucial MX500 1TB
Display(s) Acer XG270HU
Case ThermalTake X71 w/5 Noctua NF-A14 2000 IP67 PWM/3 Noctua NF-F12 2000 IP67 PWM/3 CorsairML120 Pro RGB
Audio Device(s) Klipsch Promedia 2.1
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Mouse Logitech G502 SE
Keyboard Black Aluminun Mechanical Clicky Thing With Blue LEDs, hows that for a name?!
Software Win10pro updated to whatever the latest MS crap is.
Cool idea. Good luck wcers!


I'm the only one
Mar 20, 2006
13,870 (2.39/day)
System Name Dirty Fecker
Processor Intel I7 12700K 5ghz-P 3.9ghz-E 1.25vcore
Motherboard Asus Rog Strix Z690-A WiFi D4
Cooling EK 360 PE+EK 280 CE, FLT 240 D5, EK supremacy classic, Generic GPU block
Memory Teamgroup 8 Pack Edition T-Force Dark Pro 2x16gb 3735 16-16-16-38 Bdie
Video Card(s) MSI GTX980TI Gaming 6gb, 1475/8000 water cooled
Storage Silicon Power Gen3x4 256gb M.2, WD SN850 1TB M.2 NVME Gen4x4
Display(s) MSI 32" Optix AG32CV 1080p 165hz 1ms
Case Lian Li o11 Dynamic XL Rog
Audio Device(s) onboard/Logitech Z4
Power Supply Corsair TX750M 80% Gold
Mouse Razer Viper
Keyboard Anne pro II
Software Win 11 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores do they matter
Filled survey. thx
Oct 23, 2020
525 (1.14/day)
System Name Old but Gold
Processor A8 5500 3,84GHz with 1,18V
Motherboard Biostar A68H
Cooling ZeroTherm BTF95 Full Copper
Memory Gskill 16GB DDR3 1939 MHz
Video Card(s) GT 710 2GB GDDR5 massive OC
Storage 480GB SSD, 500GB HDD
Display(s) Nec EA 241 WM
Case Nanoxia DS4
Audio Device(s) Onkyo ......
Power Supply Super Flower Leadx 550W
Mouse Steelseries Rival 3 Wireless
Keyboard Logitech K270 Wireless
Software Deepin, BSD and 10 LTSC
Yeah ill push my 7870K to its Max,
5,1 GHz Allcore
1,28 GHz IGP
2766 MHz DDR3 (Take that poor 2400G of my Firend with DDR4 2666, no chance to go over 2666)
Oct 18, 2013
3,162 (1.05/day)
Left @Booneys Ave, go 22.96 miles then right 2 mi.
System Name The Little One
Processor i5-8279u
Motherboard AZW Speed S
Cooling Fan w/heat pipes + side & rear vents
Memory 32GB Crucial DDR4-3200 (2x 16GB)
Video Card(s) Iris Plus 655
Storage WD Black SN750 2TB m.2 + WD 2TB external nvme
Display(s) 2x Samsung 43" LCD's @1440p
Case Practically identical to a mac mini, just purrtier in slate blue, & with 3x usb ports on the front !
Audio Device(s) Yamaha ATS-1060 Bluetooth Soundbar & Subwoofer
Power Supply 65w brick
Mouse Logitech MX Master 2
Keyboard Logitech G613 mechanical wireless
Software Windows 10 pro 64 bit, with all the unnecessary background shitzu turned OFF !
Benchmark Scores PDQ - all things considered !
Oh yea, moar freebies, bring it TPU :D
Jul 16, 2014
5,970 (2.17/day)
SE Michigan
System Name Dumbass
Processor AMD-9370BE @4.6
Motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 +SB950
Cooling CM Nepton 280L
Memory G.Skill Sniper 16gb DDR3 2400
Video Card(s) GreenTeam 1080 Gaming X 8GB
Storage C:\SSD (240GB), D:\Seagate (2TB), E:\Western Digital (1TB)
Display(s) 1x Nixeus NX_EDG27, 2x Dell S2440L (16:9)
Case Phanteks Enthoo Primo w/8 140mm SP Fans
Audio Device(s) onboard (realtek?) SPKRS:Logitech Z623 200w 2.1
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Logitech G604
Keyboard Logitech G910 Orion Spark
Software windows 10
Benchmark Scores https://i.imgur.com/aoz3vWY.jpg?2
I won, you all can stop entering and go home!
Feb 20, 2020
3,329 (4.70/day)
System Name Ghetto Rigs x299 & z490 & x99 & Q9550 Old timer
Processor 9940x w/Optimus SigV2 & 10900k w/Optimus Foundation & 5930k w/EK Magnitude & Q9550 w/EK Evo
Motherboard X299 Rampage VI Apex & z490 Maximus XII Apex & x99 Sabertooth & Acer WG43M
Cooling D5 combo/280 GTX/ VRM water block copper/280 GTX/ D5 Top/Optimus sigV2/TitanXp/Mora 360x2
Memory Trident-Z 3600C16 4x8gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 2x8gb & Trident-Z 3200c14 4x8gb & 4x2gb crucial
Video Card(s) 1080ti FTW3 & Titan Xp & evga 980ti gaming & Onboard graphic's need another gpu
Storage 970 evo plus 500gb & 970 evo 500gb many 2.5" ssd's and WD BLK hdd's
Display(s) 1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
Case D450 second floor for 2nd rad x2/ Cherry Entertainment center/ 2 Test benches
Audio Device(s) Built in Realtek x2 with Insignia 2.0 sound bars & 1-LG sound bar
Power Supply EVGA 1200P2 & 1000P2 with APC AX1500 & 850P2 with CyberPower-GX1325U & 750P2
Mouse Redragon Perdition x3
Keyboard G710+x3
Software Win-7 pro x3 and Linux Cinnamon 20.1x2 & win-10 pro x3
Benchmark Scores Are in the benchmark section
I won, you all can stop entering and go home!
That's not the message corsair sent me :p

A lot of custom water cooling questions eat your heart out air coolers :D
Jun 27, 2015
750 (0.31/day)
System Name Fat Ncase
Processor Ryzen R9 3900X
Motherboard Gigabyte B550M AORUS PRO-P
Cooling Scythe NInja 5 + Arctic MX2
Memory Corsair Vengeance 128GB @3200Mhz Cl16 (32GB X 4)
Video Card(s) XFX RX 460GB 4GB single slot :(
Storage Sabrent Rocket 2TB PCIE 3x4 SSD
Display(s) LG 22 inch 1080p 75hz Freesync
Case Jonsbo W2 black
Audio Device(s) Onboard realtek 1200 & Soundblaster G3 usb
Power Supply Corsair SF450 Platinum
Mouse Elecom wireless mouse :)
Keyboard Logitech Mk240 Nano Wireless Keyboard
Software Windows 10 HOME
Benchmark Scores Don't know any benchmark. It runs good enough for me.
I never custom cooled before as I don't know how to do it. I would love to give it a try for the increase performance and looks especially
Dec 1, 2009
102 (0.02/day)
survey completed :)
I usually never go for ultra high end processors, so I always aim to build mid-high end systems and try to keep the TDP in check, so no need for something bigger than a decent air cooler or a 240 AIO at most
Jan 16, 2008
1,242 (0.24/day)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Processor i7-3770K
Motherboard Biostar Hi-Fi Z77
Cooling Swiftech H20 (w/Custom External Rad Enclosure)
Memory 16GB DDR3-2400Mhz
Video Card(s) Alienware GTX 1070
Storage 1TB Samsung 850 EVO
Display(s) 32" LG 1440p
Case Cooler Master 690 (w/Mods)
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi Titanium
Power Supply Corsair 750-TX
Mouse Logitech G5
Keyboard G. Skill Mechanical
Software Windows 10 (X64)
It's kind of weird that they left some major names in water cooling out of their survey.
Oct 2, 2015
2,828 (1.22/day)
System Name Ciel / Yukino
Processor AMD Ryzen R5 5600X / Intel Core i3 5005U
Motherboard Asus Tuf Gaming B550 Plus / HP 240 G5
Cooling ID-Cooling 224-XT Basic
Memory 2x 8GB Geil Orion AMD Edition 3600MHz@3800MHz
Video Card(s) Dell 1660 SUPER + Sentey RX 550 2GB
Display(s) Samsung S22F350
Case Cougar MX410 Mesh-G
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC S1200A
Power Supply Aerocool KCAS-500W
Mouse Logitech G203
Keyboard VSG Alnilam
Software Windows 10 x64 / Manjaro x64
Thanks for the opportunity. I've always looked at custom loops as something very fun and interesting to do, but local prices and the usual terrible economy are a massive block to do it. So, YouTube videos it is...

Good luck to all participants!


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Sep 12, 2019
22 (0.03/day)
Survey done. It's a bit odd that a survey and giveaway about water cooling has no water cooling products offered. Missed opportunity?

Jul 28, 2020
6 (0.01/day)
System Name PC / Laptop
Processor Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 5 4600H
Motherboard MSI X470 Gaming Pro
Cooling Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240
Memory Crucial Ballistix 3200 16GB 2x8 16-18-18-36 Rev-E / 16GB 3200 2x8GB
Video Card(s) Asus Cerberus 1050 Ti (using rn), Asus 1650 LP, MSI R9 290 G4 / 1650 Gddr6
Storage 1TB Western Digital SN750, 500GB Western Digita SN750, 1,7 TB HDD / Hynix 500GB nvme
Display(s) Gigabyte M27Q, Samsung Syncmaster 2043BW
Case BeQuiet! Pure Base 500DX / Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3
Audio Device(s) Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
Power Supply Seasonix Focus GX650 / Lenovo 135W
Mouse Microsoft Intellimouse Pro
Keyboard Sharkoon Skiller SGK30
thank you for the opputunity!
Oct 18, 2017
34 (0.02/day)
There is an important question missing in the survey: "what is your current view on watercooling?"

After i've made my first custom built loop i've came to realize that the performance gain from it was too small compared to the loop price (and i had a huge 1080 radiator so cooling performance was pretty good).

I've switched back to aircooling and never been happier. The good old days of overclocking are gone, CPU and GPU are now designed to be close to their maximum potential from start and you can't get as much from overclocking that you could 10 years ago.

Now i buy the biggest CPU cooler that can fit, and for the GPU (when there are no shortage) a model with good cooling as well: 3 fans, good cooler...

Only use of a watercooling now imo is to impress others. When people that don't know much about IT see a good looking custom built watercooling PC for the first time, you become an IT god in their eyes (if you were not already :D).

So if i had an activity were impressing others would benefit (local IT shop, streaming online...) because impressing customers/users would make them more attracted to you (and so you win more money in the end) i would definitively go for a "pimp my computer" watercooling build then.

Otherwise, meh.
Dec 3, 2014
303 (0.12/day)
Marabá - Pará - Brazil
System Name KarymidoN TitaN
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming
Cooling Custom Watercooling Loop
Memory 4x Crucial BallistX Sport LT 8GB 2933mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8GB
Display(s) 4X 1080P LG Monitors
Case Thermaltake Core V71
Power Supply Corsair TX 600
Mouse Logitech G300S
love watercooling, can't afford it tho, its so expensive in my region :( (had to buy my current parts from aliexpress and got taxed + non reputable parts/brands)
Dec 15, 2006
1,703 (0.31/day)
Oshkosh, WI
System Name ChoreBoy
Processor 8700k Delided
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 Master
Cooling 420mm Custom Loop
Memory CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 2x8GB @ 3000Mhz
Video Card(s) EVGA 1080 SC
Storage 1TB SX8200, 250GB 850 EVO, 250GB Barracuda
Display(s) Pixio PX329 and Dell E228WFP
Case Fractal R6
Audio Device(s) On-Board
Power Supply 1000w Corsair
Software Win 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores A million on everything....
It's kind of weird that they left some major names in water cooling out of their survey.
I didn't even bother finishing because of it....
Oct 17, 2021
118 (1.15/day)
Processor R7 5800X
Motherboard ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4
Cooling be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
Memory G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3733 (2x8GB)
Video Card(s) MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GAMING X
Storage Crucial MX500 500 GB
Display(s) ViewSonic G225fB
Case Antec Three Hundred Two
Power Supply be quiet! Pure Power 11 700W
I don't believe in giveaways but completed it just for the sake of it, but there's a thing, where it said "Which GPU block are you using" the option "None" wasn't there, I don't have a GPU block as they're impossible to get in my country -most watercooling parts honestly- and don't need it at all since air cooling is enough for what I have, it's a sort of custom air cooling though, stock plastics and fans were terrible so I've replaced them.

Other than that my CPU "loop" was simply a makeshift contraption made out of scrap parts, block belonged to an old Corsair AIO (dead electronics so I got rid of them, and the impeller) that's surely seen better days, tubes are regular industrial grade, my first pump+res combo was a tiny aquarium pump inside a bucket, I later replaced it with a square container with proper fittings, rad was aluminum 240mm. Coolant was distilled water of course, couldn't afford anything else and it simply worked.
Unfortunately I've replaced it for an air cooler and gifted it to a friend about 3 years ago, last time I've went to his place he still had it cooling his OC'd 2500K.


Aug 18, 2015
1,031 (0.44/day)
I only want to build water cooling virtually, in a pc game. Cheaper experimenting that way.
Jan 25, 2020
612 (0.83/day)
System Name Still waiting for a 5900x/3080 or 6800xt...or not.
Processor I9 9900kf w/ HEATKILLER IV PRO Copper Nickel
Motherboard MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Cooling BarrowCH Boxfish 200mm-HWLabs SR2 420/GTX&GTS 360-BP Dual D5 MOD TOP-Koolance PMP 450-EK D5 PWM G2
Memory 4x8gb HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 4000
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2070 Duke 8G OC w/ Byski N RTX2080TI X
Storage XPG SX8200 PRO 1TB NVMe M.2 / Crucial MX500 1TB
Display(s) Acer XG270HU
Case ThermalTake X71 w/5 Noctua NF-A14 2000 IP67 PWM/3 Noctua NF-F12 2000 IP67 PWM/3 CorsairML120 Pro RGB
Audio Device(s) Klipsch Promedia 2.1
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Mouse Logitech G502 SE
Keyboard Black Aluminun Mechanical Clicky Thing With Blue LEDs, hows that for a name?!
Software Win10pro updated to whatever the latest MS crap is.
Being a Survey on custom watercooling why not just give away water cooling components ?
I thought the same. -shrug- I've no idea.
Aug 25, 2015
165 (0.07/day)
Chicago, IL
System Name Mass Effect/Wakanda
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5600X/AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix X470-F Gaming/Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II
Cooling Noctua NH-D15S/AMD Wraith Max
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200/Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200
Video Card(s) MSI AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT MECH OC/Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 FE
Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5" SSDs x2, WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM, Samsung 970 EVO 500GB 1TB NVME M.2
Display(s) Acer XF270H 1920x1080p @ 144Hz
Case Thermaltake Core P3 TG ATX Mid Tower/CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro 5
Audio Device(s) Turtle Beach Ear Force Atlas One Wired Gaming Headset
Power Supply Cooler Master V850 80+ Gold/Corsair CX650M 80+ Bronze
Mouse Thermaltake Level 10 M/Logitech G502
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Wired Gaming Edition/Steelseries Apex 3 RGB
Software Windows 10 Pro OEM 64bit/Ubuntu 20.04 64bit
Appreciate the offer. Survey says...
Mar 8, 2019
25 (0.02/day)
Italy, the land of madness
System Name The ugly cube
Processor i7 4770k 4.20 GHz
Motherboard Asrock Z97 Xtreme 4
Cooling Thermalright Macho Rev.B
Memory 4 x 4Gb G.Skill RipJawZ 2133 Mhz DDR3 F3-2133C10Q-16GZM
Video Card(s) SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 480 8G D5 OC
Storage System: a lot of ssds (4+) and 2 2TB hdds
Display(s) An acer, 24" freesync
Case Cooler Master HAF XB EVO
Audio Device(s) Integrated soundcard, DIY gainclone amplifier, speaker Sonus Faber Minima (badly aged, to repair)
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3
Mouse Logitech G402
Keyboard Ozone Strike Pro
Software Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit/ 10 pro
Benchmark Scores ------ To do D:
I got only a watercooled loop for the CPU. In the survey i can't skip the GPU section. So.... do i need to lie to finish the survey or there is an hidden option to skip things?