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This water/liquid CPU allows you to improve your cooling efficiency in most compact case; as long as your case has a 120mm fan mount near the CPU.Offer valid only for August 16, 2019 or while supplies last - Discombobulated

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So I will jump into this lovely debate as well. AIO's are not necessarily better than the traditional Fan/Heatsink solution. You will get diehard AIO fanboys arguing this (and I am not anti AIO coolers) but sometimes they don't take everything into the equation. Linus Tech Tips and Jayz2cents both have done videos showing that air cooling with a really good cooler, can get you the same if not better results. Now this is not a knock on AIO coolers, they have their purposes. In a cramped build or in a case that has terrible air flow, you can use an AIO and have the fan exhausting the heat, and you keep you CPU temps under control. Also aesthetics wise, the can give you a nice look and really bring a build together (as well as introduce RGB galore if that is your thing). I am not a fan of a monster sized cooler that takes over a build and also can create memory clearance problems, etc. Noise control wise, you can get away with running the fans on the radiator lower / quieter in most situations as well. They also can be used with brackets to cool GPUs (I have used one on a cpu and one on a 1080ti in a minitx build where the person didn't want a full custom loop, and it kept everything nice and cool, quietly)
Now lets talk about the negatives. People with AIOs tend to look at the temperatures of the CPU when they are sitting idle, or after quick cinebench run. This is not a good indicator of the temps you will see in an extended gaming session or under an long intensive load. Eventually the heat will saturate the loop and you will see those amazing low numbers disappear. It will also take longer for the heat to leave the water / radiator than it does for a heatsink / fan cooler. AIO's are introducing liquid into your build. They have a pump that can fail, and lead to overheating. They also introduce the issues of possible leaks which can destroy your hardware in the event of a failure / leak. Even the higher end AIOs fail and can have problems (heck look at the enermax threadripper galvanic corrosion debacle). Also routing the hosing, extra header wires, and case space can be challenge depending on the build.
I personally am pro AIO. I have moved on to full custom / open loops, but an AIO on a quick build is still the way I tend to go most the time. As a rule of thumb, always see what the manufacturer says about what is covered in the event of a failure. Some will cover damaged hardware in the even of a leak for X amount of years, others will flat out state that they don't cover any other hardware outside of the cooler itself.
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That's because it's a complicated discussion. If you watch some youtube reviewers videos you'll see that in Every test AiO liquid coolers beat Air Coolers if only done for a short amount of time (15 minutes or so), since water has a higher heat capacity and takes longer to physically heat up compared to direct contact copper/nickel. Things get more complicated when you run extended tests (1hr or more). Since the heat capacity of water is higher it will hold on to that heat for longer than the air cooled copper. Then you have to compare Single Tower Air Cooled to 120mm/240mm/360mm radiator AiO (360mm rad is never worth it). Single towers do pretty well with single fan and get marginally better temps (2-3C) with a 2nd fan added. Then you have much larger Air Cooled Dual Tower that have 2-4 fans that you have to compare to 120/240/360 in short/long tests....It turns out that gigantic dual tower air coolers do pretty well for the money compared to 240mm rads, but you have to have room for it and consider ram height issues and ambient case temp for extended periods of testing.
My case doesn't have great airflow and is designed with sound proofing on the inside so an AiO takes the CPU heat directly outside the case and doesn't heat the case ambient temp which allows my 1080ti to run much cooler for longer. I'll have some more into once I swap my H55 for the Noctua NH-U12S I just picked up.
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That makes no sense. This water cooler isn't as effective at eliminating heat. No speculation, no bias, just facts please.
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You might want to consider this model is a 7 year old product. A Hyper 212 does a better job of cooling than this. However, if you have a mITX case, this might be a good option. This is the best price (after rebate) I've ever seen on this model in the last 2 years. Corsair has always come through with their rebates for me.
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how long are these supposed to last? I think mine's about 6 years old and I'm wondering if I should start to look for a replacement
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The water cooler will still help more if you push your CPU for a longer time. The air cooler can keep it cool but there is no way it can beat a water cooler.
That makes no sense. This water cooler isn't as effective at eliminating heat. No speculation, no bias, just facts please.
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how long are these supposed to last? I think mine's about 6 years old and I'm wondering if I should start to look for a replacement
My h100 lasted a month short of 7 years.
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That makes no sense. This water cooler isn't as effective at eliminating heat. No speculation, no bias, just facts please.
He probably doesn't watch the YouTube PC master race people like Jayz2cents.
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The water cooler will still help more if you push your CPU for a longer time. The air cooler can keep it cool but there is no way it can beat a water cooler.
Until the pump eventually dies or is DOA. The pumps have a finite lifespan and it's junk once that occurs. An air cooler still has a metal heatsink to passively dissipate heat and it's an easy DIY to replace a burned out fan.

Water coolers are fine if you can't install a big heatsink because of cpu height limitations on a case. I've installed both and prefer air coolers. My old Corsair H100 has an annoying low pump hum in my old PC while the Noctua DH15 is silent in my newest build.
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You might want to consider this model is a 7 year old product. A Hyper 212 does a better job of cooling than this. However, if you have a mITX case, this might be a good option. This is the best price (after rebate) I've ever seen on this model in the last 2 years. Corsair has always come through with their rebates for me.
I had to use this as the Hyper 212 Evo I bought wouldn't fit in my Obsidian 250D. Used this for 4 years or so in mITX case. Gamed on GTX 960 and ran handbrake transcodes constantly. This cooler has held up for years on a OC'd i7-4790k, i tried to swap a 240mm Lepa AiO and it's pump died within 3 months and fans were super loud. Wound up swapping H55 back in and have used ever since. It's getting replaced by a Noctua N12S this week.
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Until the pump eventually dies or is DOA. The pumps have a finite lifespan and it's junk once that occurs. An air cooler still has a metal heatsink to passively dissipate heat and it's an easy DIY to replace a burned out fan.

Water coolers are fine if you can't install a big heatsink because of cpu height limitations on a case. I've installed both and prefer air coolers. My old Corsair H100 has an annoying low pump hum in my old PC while the Noctua DH15 is silent in my newest build.
My H55 Silent has been running on my i7-4790k since March of 2015... Had a Lepa pump die on me but Corsair has always been my go to for quality components. I guess really all AiOs are just Asetek rebrands in the end though. But there's still stuff to be said for QA at different OEMs.
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I dont think he likes our answers.
That's because it's a complicated discussion. If you watch some youtube reviewers videos you'll see that in Every test AiO liquid coolers beat Air Coolers if only done for a short amount of time (15 minutes or so), since water has a higher heat capacity and takes longer to physically heat up compared to direct contact copper/nickel. Things get more complicated when you run extended tests (1hr or more). Since the heat capacity of water is higher it will hold on to that heat for longer than the air cooled copper. Then you have to compare Single Tower Air Cooled to 120mm/240mm/360mm radiator AiO (360mm rad is never worth it). Single towers do pretty well with single fan and get marginally better temps (2-3C) with a 2nd fan added. Then you have much larger Air Cooled Dual Tower that have 2-4 fans that you have to compare to 120/240/360 in short/long tests....It turns out that gigantic dual tower air coolers do pretty well for the money compared to 240mm rads, but you have to have room for it and consider ram height issues and ambient case temp for extended periods of testing.
My case doesn't have great airflow and is designed with sound proofing on the inside so an AiO takes the CPU heat directly outside the case and doesn't heat the case ambient temp which allows my 1080ti to run much cooler for longer. I'll have some more into once I swap my H55 for the Noctua NH-U12S I just picked up.
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