BackDraft wrote:LOL, closed loop systems are what they are. Just an alternative. Anyone who takes performance tuning seriously still uses air or a full loop setup. Over the course of an hour or so closed loop systems heat to a point that the radiator can't cool the liquid. Once at that point temperatures begin to increase. Don't know who sold you to believe that they will replace large air cooler but I guess they did their job in making you believe it.
I hope you have two fans one over and one behind your vrm if your performance tuning and using one of those self contained units on a sandybridge -e or a bulldozer system. If not you will be purchasing a new motherboard every 4 weeks....
Interesting point that should be taken into consideration,is that typically some folks may have
a self contained hydro unit installed with the radiator and exhaust out the back or out the top of the chassis, while the mainboard vrm may be starved for cooler air after a bit of time with a system under load ===== not good ! esp with the performance tune crowd
some pretty snappy looking and efficient designs are used on mainboard heatsinks for reason.Yet some cooler air [intake]will always help, and sometimes
**anyone else notice the optional fan mount on some chassis behind the mobo lately ?
Have to agree with Cella that the whopper air coolers may be going out.
I have a CoolerMaster TPC 812 and its performance is noticeable better especially when performance tuning a hot chip like a FX-8150 compared to 2 self-contained hydro units that were available at the time.
Currently have the Noctua NH-L12 on an SB rig which delivers solid and quiet performance.Still think that the innovation and developments for heatsink / air coolers along with new fan technology look promising for the savvy.