just brew it! wrote:For the past 3-4 years my attitude has been "just slap a CoolerMaster heatpipe cooler on it and be done with it". They're inexpensive, much quieter than the stock air coolers, perform well, and (now that I have been using them for a few years) I can also state from personal experience that they are reliable.
(I had some initial misgivings about them due to their use of sleeve bearing fans. But I have not had a single fan failure, across multiple systems with these coolers. I have even had a few ball bearing fans from other vendors *Thermaltake* *cough* *cough* that didn't last this long!)
arunphilip wrote:That's quite a useful summation, thank you.
I have a question that's been bothering me the past few years - why haven't liquid-cooled GPUs become more mainstream? By mainstream, I mean AIO designs that I can just plug and play (the way I can just buy Antec Kuhler or Corsair Hydro for the CPU)? The GPU liquid coolers I've seen require you to take apart the GPU cover and mount it there. I'm not sure how standardized various manufacturers (ASUS, MSI, etc.) are when implementing AMD or Nvidia's designs, so I'm always nervous about a compatible combo. In the case of CPU's, the IHS of different CPUs are pretty much standard.
I've been planning to upgrade for a few years, but I'm keen on giving my future GPU the best cooling - and I'd prefer LC given the relatively higher power draws that GPUs have compared to Intel's CPUs.
just brew it! wrote:@Nec_V20 -
I have no problem with calling heatpipe CPU coolers "air coolers". They're still used like a conventional (no liquid) air cooler, in that you don't need hoses, a pump, or a separately mounted radiator.
I wasn't trying to disagree with you, just adding my personal experience. I don't overclock (much), so to me any cooling solution that costs more than around $30 is generally overkill!
Nec_V20 wrote:You pretty much answered your own question with regard to the main factor which is space. A standardised liquid cooling solution for one graphics card might be feasible however what about SLI or Crossfire configurations? You have to then go into the realms of 2a "Custom Parts Water Coolers" and all the concomitant disadvantages.
I would also suggest that the scalability of graphics cards upwards in performance although that does carry a price premium would be cheaper than trying to realise a water cooling solution to radically overclock a lower end graphics chip.
Nec_V20 wrote:The next easiest to discuss would be the ones fitting into the category 2a or "Custom Parts Water Coolers". For this solution you have to buy all the pumps, radiators, reservoirs, tubes, joints etc. yourself and put it all together. These will give you the greatest cooling of your CPU if you have done it right; however they do have major drawbacks:
1) You will have to permanently monitor the system because they are prone to failure and leaks.
2) You will have to run all kinds of routine maintenance on them from checking the fill level of the coolant to making sure that all the joints are tight and not leaking, check for algae.
3) It is exorbitantly expensive
4) You will have to sacrifice a significant portion of the expandability of your chassis to the components of the cooling subsystem (coolant reservoirs)
5) They are only as efficacious as the builders ability to construct the complete system.
6) No warranty and dubious reliability. This solution has a VERY limited field of application (especially Liquid Nitrogen which has the added downside of being extremely dangerous if the LN is handled incorrectly).
DPete27 wrote:I haven't yet explored the options of AIO LCs (I fall into JBI's way of thinking) but one question I've always had was regarding pump noise. We can keep it to AIO solutions since custom loops vary wildly and most popular AIO LCs use Asetek design. Can anybody weigh in on their opinions on the pump noise of such coolers? I don't want my case to sound like a fish tank.