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What was your primary reason to get watercooling?

What was your primary reason to get watercooling?

  • I don't use watercooling

    Votes: 3,402 53.1%
  • Higher OC

    Votes: 1,254 19.6%
  • Reduced noise

    Votes: 1,312 20.5%
  • Bragging rights

    Votes: 300 4.7%
  • Memory module clearance

    Votes: 137 2.1%

  • Total voters
    6,405
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Isn't watercooling awesome?
 

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All of them except no.1
 
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Why yes, yes it is! :rockout:

Lower noise, better temp control and generally better OCs! W1n, w1n & W1N! :D

Edit: LoL wholey shnazzleberry! 3 posts @ nearly the same time! LoL
 
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recommend a closed loop for about £100, i would prefer double rad.
 
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Pick "Reduced Noise"... should had been a multi choice, as "Memory module clearance" was, also, a determining factor in the choice made.
 

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Memory clearance and reduced temperatures, especially with CPU intensive games like GW2 and the upcoming Neverwinter Online title, but I only use a closed AIO loop.
 
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bragging rights, performance, cool looks, hobby
 
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All of them except no.1
I second that. I've had two watercooled rigs, the first in 2004 or so.

That said, after seeing not much difference in temps and OC between a med-high end aircooler and a decent watercooled setup, I only keep the watercooling because I already have it. Next full build I do will likely be Air.
 
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My 6950 with the stock blower fan sounded like a jet when it was stressed.

I'd thought about doing water cooling before, but that was what pushed me into doing it.

Waterblock on the GPU, and no jets taking off anymore.
 
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Reduced noise, lower temps, higher OC. Granted though, I only have a Corsair H80. I cant be bothered to clean the loops. :laugh:
 

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I think why you got watercooling is going to depend on what platform you run. SKT2011 and AMD AM3+, watercooling is going to let you clock a bit higher. SKT 155, it won't, so the best you get is controlled temps, more maybe less noise.
 
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...to impress the ladies.
 
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I think why you got watercooling is going to depend on what platform you run. SKT2011 and AMD AM3+, watercooling is going to let you clock a bit higher. SKT 155, it won't, so the best you get is controlled temps, more maybe less noise.
So are you saying there is no difference in clock potential between a load temp of 85c - 95c and a load temp of 55c - 60c/65c? OR better. Interesting. :wtf:

I personally don't consider AIO kits a true WC setup, the reson for this is because they generally don't perform better than a good air cooler. Albeit at the expense of noise. A full custom loop on the other hand, especially if put together properly, will be leaps better than an air cooler. It's ALL about the
 

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So are you saying there is no difference in clock potential between a load temp of 85c - 95c and a load temp of 55c - 60c/65c? OR better. Interesting.
Actually, no, there isn't any difference, really. You need to get much more cooling than water can provide.

Of course, I am considering water VS high-end air cooling, not stock. OF course water will offer higher clocks than stock.


But with my own chips, moving from my Coolermaster TPC 812 to EK Supreme or Swifttech Apogee HD did not increase clocking ability, at all. I can run 5.0 GHz with both. :p

We are talking about Sandybridge and IvyBridge only here, of course. You do need to keep in mind that pushing more than 150W for 24/7 on SB is near impossible, and 125W on IVB is the same. At such low heat-loads, water can only offer so much.
 

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I Do Water Because Of The Reduced Noise, Looks Sweet, And The Potential Increase In overclocks
 
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Hmmm... Interesting. Although i highly doubt what you are saying here, i will not argue. Simply because you have touched more chips than i. Also there is no clear definition of what your "custom" loops capabilities are/were, an EK Supreme or Swiftech Apogee are hardly enough on their own to cool a PC :p ;)

Side note: Have you popped the top on your chip yet? Searching for those last few mHz?
 

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Side note: Have you popped the top on your chip yet? Searching for those last few mHz?
Yep, did that a long time ago on my 3570k. dropping 25c off of load increased clock potential 0%. :p

My 3570k needs 1.4V for 4.6 GHz, however. I use a D5 vario and a BIX360 with push/pull 137 CFM 35mm Panaflows.


Water does lower temps so you can push a bit more voltage, but most chips are running near 1.35V or more already with just high-end air. I do not subscribe to the whole "IVB has TIM issues" idea, since most users can push excessive voltages just on air.
 
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Cause you can't run a 5,1 GHz 3930k without it :)
 
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Yep, did that a long time ago on my 3570k. dropping 25c off of load increased clock potential 0%. :p

My 3570k needs 1.4V for 4.6 GHz, however. I use a D5 vario and a BIX360 with push/pull 137 CFM 35mm Panaflows.


Water does lower temps so you can push a bit more voltage, but most chips are running near 1.35V or more already with just high-end air. I do not subscribe to the whole "IVB has TIM issues" idea, since most users can push excessive voltages just on air.
Well then, i guess the internets lied... Thermodynamics must not apply to electronics :eek:

PS: I thought just a few weeks ago you said you were planning to delid? I thought i saw it mentioned in the thread were buddy was using/reccomending a hammer & vise to pop the top? Mayhaps you were refferencing your 3770?

So, Dave, what i gather from your posts here is that there is really NO performance to be gained from WC a modern CPU other than a lack of noise (potentially) and a bolstering effect of onez ePeenUs. And it looks cool. AMIRITE? In short, there really is no need to WC, or delid :confused:

Since temps have no effect...
 

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AMIRITE? In short, there really is no need to WC, or delid
There is need for water-cooling if you run SKT 2011, or AMD chips. Just not for IVB or SNB. Which is what I posted above.

And, No, I do not feel there is any reason to de-lid. Not when you can clock the crap out of a chip with it's lid on, and get a new one for $25 when it pops.

And yes, I was referring to my Z77 Express test chip in recent posts. I'll be removing the top pretty soon with that one as I've finished all my Z77 reviews.

Maybe that experience will change my opinion. Time will tell. But when that chip does 5.0 GHz with 1.35V...on air...why do I need watercooling? For another 200 MHz?


getting another 200 MHz isn't enough to me. It won't affect my needed performance in any way.


I'm only delidding because many users have asked me to. I don't really care about the chip itself, it's served it's purpose for me, letting me do about 30 board reviews.



And no "thermodynamics laws" have been broken, since silicon is a semi-conductor, and doped silicon has varied points where temperatures matter. Water-cooling temps aren't in that range. :) Very basic stuff.

The real point where temps matters seems, with my chips, to be around -10C, then they start to scale better. Water itself won't go sub-zero.
 
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WC (watercooling, for those scatologically inclined) is just relocation of heat. At the end of the day you will have heat somewhere. And fans spinning.

Give me fanless systems, then I will reconsider :)
 
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There is need for water-cooling if you run SKT 2011, or AMD chips. Just not for IVB or SNB. Which is what I posted above.

And, No, I do not feel there is any reason to de-lid. Not when you can clock the crap out of a chip with it's lid on, and get a new one for $25 when it pops.

And yes, I was referring to my Z77 Express test chip in recent posts. I'll be removing the top pretty soon with that one as I've finished all my Z77 reviews.

Maybe that experience will change my opinion. Time will tell. But when that chip does 5.0 GHz with 1.35V...on air...why do I need watercooling? For another 200 MHz?


getting another 200 MHz isn't enough to me. It won't affect my needed performance in any way.


I'm only delidding because many users have asked me to. I don't really care about the chip itself, it's served it's purpose for me, letting me do about 30 board reviews.



And no "thermodynamics laws" have been broken, since silicon is a semi-conductor, and doped silicon has varied points where temperatures matter. Water-cooling temps aren't in that range. :) Very basic stuff.

The real point where temps matters seems, with my chips, to be around -10C, then they start to scale better. Water itself won't go sub-zero.
Who's trying to break any laws of thermodynamics? As it applies to CPUs/GPUs; Heat goes down, speed (Mhz) & volts go up. Pretty simple if you ask me. :confused:

Chilled water.

You are the fist person i seen to have this opinion Dave, in regards to WC/performance. Interesting... Even if you contradict yourself...

WC or temp related performance anyways...
 

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You are the fist person i seen to have this opinion Dave, in regards to WC/performance. Interesting...
Won't be the first time I've had a singular opinion, and won't be the last.;) The only contradiction is in how what I post is read, usually. I'm pretty careful about what I post, especially when it might be "outside the box". I like to leave things open to interpretation by the reader. Just because I like to keep up with the times, while many like to reminisce about the past, doesn't affect my opinions any.

Chilled water isn't watercooling as prescribed in the OP, methinks. ;)
 
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System Name m1dg3t | DeathBox | HairPi 3
Processor 3570k @ 4.0 1.15v BIOS | q9550 @ 3.77 1.325v BIOS
Motherboard Asrock z77e iTX | p5q Dlx 2301 BIOS
Cooling Custom Water | D-14 & HR-03gt | Passive HSF
Memory Samsung MV-3V4G3D 4g x 2 @ 1866 1.35v | OcZ RpR 2g x 4 @ 1067 2.2v
Video Card(s) MSi 7950 tf3 @1000 / 1350 | Asus 5870 V2 @ 900 / 1275
Storage Adata sx900 256Gb / WD 2500 HHTZ | WD 1001 FALS x 2
Display(s) BenQ gw2750hm | 46" Sharp Quatron
Case BitFenix Prodigy - m0dd3d | Antec Fusion Remote MAX
Audio Device(s) Onboard Toslink > Yamaha HTR 6290 | Xonar HDAV1.3 > Yamaha DSP z7
Power Supply Ocz mXp700w | Ocz zx850w | Cannakit 5v 2.5a
Mouse Logitech G700s | Logitech G9x - Cable Repaired
Keyboard TT Meka G1 - Black w Cherry Blacks| Logitech G11
Software Win7 Home | Xp sp3 & Vista ultimate | Raspbian
Benchmark Scores Epeen!! Who needs epeen??
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