Air or Water ?
Posted 28 November 2005 - 12:36 PM
Posted 28 November 2005 - 01:52 PM
thx, i think i will stick with the xp-90c it looks good with some good testing.
The XP-90C IS a good choice for air-cooling. That and the 92mm, 119CFM, Vantec Tornado Fan is the combination I'm currently using on my FX-57. Just so you know though, since the XP-90C is 100% copper it costs and weighs 2x as much as the XP-90 and doesn't require the same type of high CFM fan to do a good cooling job. This is because copper conducts heat far better than aluminum, while aluminum radiates heat a little better than copper. This is why an all aluminum HS needs a high CFM fan and why an all copper HS doesn't. However, having learned from past experience, I would not do air-cooling now anyway. I would go with non-water "Liquid-Cooling" for better processor OverClocking :nod: .
Posted 28 November 2005 - 02:41 PM
']thx, i was afraid of using water anyways (leakage)
Yeah mine currently leaks a little bit around one of the fittings, I'm thinking the hose was cracked to begin with or something. Doesn't leak unless I move it, so I'm just leaving it 'til Christmas so I have time to fix it.
Posted 28 November 2005 - 02:56 PM
I'll be honest with you though, even with these three wonderful choices for "air-cooling" I would still recommend LIQUID-COOLING more. Just so you know, water is only one version of liquid-cooling and it is not the best. You want to go with a form of "liquid-cooling" that uses an anti-freeze type liquid. It comes either as an additive to water or as a pre-mixed solution. This will work markedly better than plain water, should you decide to go that route with your CPU thermal solution. The reason for me giving you this advice is because the most important component in your computer that you should worry about OverClocking is your CPU. You really don't need to concern yourself with OverClocking your RAM or LDT as much. Your video card is a whole other "ball-of-wax" and you can OverClock that however you'd like without feeling overly uneasy about it getting too hot. Since the CPU is the main thing you'll want to push to the limit, you really need to keep that at its coolest. I recommend that you forget about "air-cooling" and go with "liquid (not water) cooling" instead. I know that it does cost more than air-cooling, but you will get better OverClocking results with it, not to mention that it is still considerably cheaper than phase-cooling if you are using â€œspecialâ€ cooling for your CPU only. ZALMAN's "RESERATOR 1 Plus"
The non-water liquid thermal solution has superior cooling qualities and usually contains corrosion inhibitors to protect your block, pump and reservoir from corrosion damage and performance degradation. These non-water-coolants typically will work with most water cooling systems. Here are a couple examples of some reputably good CPU Liquid-Cooling systems that I would recommend:
Here's a link to this item at the manufacturer's website:
ASESTEK's waterchill, TRIPLE Radiator, CPU Antarctica cooler, POWER KIT (03-L-1247)
Also, here is a link to all the awards the ASETEK's waterchill has won:
Their prices range from $229 to $280, and of course, as always, you can go directly to the best prices on the net for either one of these items simply by clicking on any of the photos in this post. I hope this helped you out :^) .
ZALMAN's "RESERATOR 1 Plus"
Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:32 AM
This may be true, however, there is no need to go with the copper and let me tell you why.
Just so you know though, since the XP-90C is 100% copper it costs and weighs 2x as much as the XP-90 and doesn't require the same type of high CFM fan to do a good cooling job. This is because copper conducts heat far better than aluminum, while aluminum radiates heat a little better than copper. This is why an all aluminum HS needs a high CFM fan and why an all copper HS doesn't.
1. weighs a lot
2. cost more
3. Testing shows that the XP90C cools only about 2-3C better than the XP90
The best bang for the buck would be a XP90 with a panaflo fan. You can get that at svc.com
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:04 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:39 PM
Posted 29 November 2005 - 02:43 PM
well i guess ima get xp-90