need a CPU AIO

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  1. Posts : 5,827
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #11

    Plankton said:
    I'm in the market for a single rad 120 mm RGB AIO cpu cooler. I've never used one and want your guys/gals opinion on your personal experiences and preferred brands.
    Like everything else it comes down to features and cost. I'm partial to Corsair and just replaced my old H115i Pro with this one - CORSAIR - Hydro Series H115i RGB PlatinumH115i RGB

    That said, as one who have used AIO (ALL-In-One) aka CLC (Closed-Loop-Coolers), since 2010, I'd suggest you check them for leaks every now and then. Don't get me wrong, I've never ever had one leak and I've had a few them, two currently in use now, but they do contain fluid so... And even if I did a pro custom water setup I'd still check for leaks.

    Also, since water evaporates over time (and these can't be serviced), I put theme on a time change schedule where I replace them at least every 4 years. People will point to this as a negative but I could also point out that those big heavy air coolers warp boards and break connections over time. Neither is likely to happen, but...

    Anyway, I don't want to scare you away, I love them, but its something you should know and think about.

    Lastly at the end of the day pretty much all AIO's perform the same so it really is a matter of what features and price.

    Good luck.
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  2. Posts : 246
    Win 11 Pro
       #12

    A few observations:

    - Many are azetek pumps (Corsair, NZXT, Asus, EVGA etc). So there won't be much difference beside aesthetics. Check ratings.

    - Use SP (Static pressure) fans if you change the stock one, if you do push/pull (dual fan) match same model fan.

    - Check you have clearance. Most will fit on exhaust back, a good place to mount a 120 AIO.

    Good luck,
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  3. Posts : 5,827
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #13

    Brawndo said:
    Many are azetek pumps (Corsair, NZXT, Asus, EVGA etc). So there won't be much difference beside aesthetics. Check ratings.
    FYI, the Corsair AIO, I linked to in my post above uses a CoolIT, NOT Asetek pump.

    YouTube review by Gamer's Nexus - Corsair H115i Platinum AIO Review: Finally Not Asetek
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  4. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Lance1 said:
    I do realize that your discussing water cooling solutions but I have always been partial to air cooling. I believe that there is a reasonable point of failure to water as opposed to air. Just my two cents. My cooling solution in the pic with a push pull fan configuration. At full load the CPU runs around 38c and at normal load in the mid 20's c
    Yes....I'm a big proponent of air cooling. I've always used the Hyper 212 Evo......best bang for buck air cooler IMO on the market. I just don't wont something that big in there, like what you have I would really like a 120mm low profile down flow to keep the looks aesthetically pleasing and still have great cooling performance.

    Right now I have this Dark Flash 100 mm low profile down flow and it's just not getting the job done.
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  5. Posts : 432
    W10X64 21H1
       #15

    Plankton said:
    Yes....I'm a big proponent of air cooling. I've always used the Hyper 212 Evo......best bang for buck air cooler IMO on the market. I just don't wont something that big in there, like what you have I would really like a 120mm low profile down flow to keep the looks aesthetically pleasing and still have great cooling performance.

    Right now I have this Dark Flash 100 mm low profile down flow and it's just not getting the job done.
    I want to use this one myself which is a down cooler but not sure of its clearance for ram really myself

    DARK ROCK TF silent high-end Air coolers from be quiet!
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  6. Posts : 246
    Win 11 Pro
       #16

    sygnus21 said:
    FYI, the Corsair AIO, I linked to in my post above uses a CoolIT, NOT Asetek pump.

    YouTube review by Gamer's Nexus - Corsair H115i Platinum AIO Review: Finally Not Asetek
    Yeah that's why I say check review. Gamer Nexus had his list of corsair that use Asetek and the ones that use CoolIT but it might be outdated. Not reviews scores like Amazon, but actual videos hehe.
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  7. Posts : 5,827
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #17

    Brawndo said:
    Not reviews scores like Amazon, but actual videos hehe.
    You mean like the one I posted in post #13
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  8. Posts : 2,391
    Windows 10
       #18

    I have this one in a Box for when ever i decide to use it
    CORSAIR iCUE H150i RGB PRO XT, 360mm Radiator, Triple 120mm PWM Fans, Advanced RGB Lighting and Fan Control with Software, Liquid CPU Cooler - Newegg.com

    This is the one i am using on my 3950x Rig

    NZXT Kraken X73 360mm - RL-KRX73-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - Rotating Infinity Mirror Design - Improved Pump - Powered by CAM V4 - RGB Connector - AER P 120mm Radiator Fans (3 Included) - Newegg.com

    This one on my 6950x my point here is don't be loyal to a brand they're all hit and miss

    https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-P...3999228&sr=8-3

    I have had Corsairs that can't keep a cpu cool so just be aware there are other brands that do better
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  9. Posts : 811
    Windows 10 Professional x64 21H2
       #19

    Plankton said:
    Yes....I'm a big proponent of air cooling. I've always used the Hyper 212 Evo......best bang for buck air cooler IMO on the market. I just don't wont something that big in there, like what you have I would really like a 120mm low profile down flow to keep the looks aesthetically pleasing and still have great cooling performance.

    Right now I have this Dark Flash 100 mm low profile down flow and it's just not getting the job done.
    If you looking for aesthetics as well as good performance the Noctua NH-L12S could be a contender. Here's a review.

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  10. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #20

    RoadBlaster said:
    I want to use this one myself which is a down cooler but not sure of its clearance for ram really myself

    DARK ROCK TF silent high-end Air coolers from be quiet!
    Wow...that's huge and a double fan. Be Quite makes some quality components.
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