While we’re not surprised by the results (hint, liquid cooling wins out), Optimum Tech does an excellent job describing the major differences between the two choices, as well as detailing the expectations for both. For example, that while liquid cooling does tend to be both quieter and cooler, the internals work together to create an efficient and far more sophisticated system than an air cooler’s rudimentary mass of metal and heatpipes.
One point Ali made, a bit too close to my heart, is how liquid cooling pipes tend to get in the way when building your custom rig. Air coolers can be enormous, and sitting right on the CPU can limit what you do with your rig, and maybe even the overall size of it. Liquid cooling options set much lower on your chipset and provide ample room around the socket with much less stress on your motherboard. Plus our innovations in rubber tubing materials mean that our customers enjoy hassle-free tube management and tube routing during installation thanks to our use of highly durable materials.
Ali and OT have produced a great video for anyone interested in another take on the debate. Right now I’ve got a CLC liquid cooler setup in my custom rig, but we’re about to update that in the coming weeks. What are you running, and what do you prefer?
Heads-up! The CoolNation forum will complete very soon. We can’t wait to hear from you!