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Windows 7: Fan Cooling Vs Water Cooling

View Poll Results: Fan Cooling Vs Water Cooling
Air 14 70.00%
Water 6 30.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

12 Nov 2010   #21
shozum

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
Someday I'm going to try to build an immersed system..overclocked dual socket mobo and triple or quad SLI in the smallest home built box that will hold it, pump the coolant through a heavy duty transmission cooler radiator to keep the system at or just above room temperature... might even double as a space heater for the 6 months of winter we get every year where I'm at. 1500 watts is 1500 watts whether it's going through heating coils or silicone. That's a lot of heat to get rid of.
I wish I could find the video again of a guy who placed his entire system in a fish tank, filled it with motor oil, and started it up. WAS AMAZING!


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12 Nov 2010   #22
madtownidiot

 

It will work with any non-solvent, non-corrosive fluid that conducts heat but not electricity.. I was thinking transformer oil would be a better choice. It's very thin and carries heat better than water
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12 Nov 2010   #23
dannyboy2005

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Water (Like i have my self)

I have a crappy Corsair mini watercooling with a rad you mount to the case with a fan or what ever it is. It did cross my mind when i purchased it if it would leak but i haven't seen any threads of this failing.

To me, air contains dust, which i hate hoovering out a heat sink. Plus i always think your just sucking in warm air and extinguishing hot air. Where as you have a Rad and this can cool the water very quickly.

Theres a video on youtube somewhere of What is better.
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12 Nov 2010   #24
Trucidation

 

I thought you guys in temperate climates shouldn't have to worry about extreme cooling? Even here in the tropics with max humidity, room temperate in the late 30s, and the whole house basically feeling like one gigantic oven, air cooling has been sufficient for my machines. The temps are moderate-high, yes, but with a constant airflow I'm not really worried. I do have a small airconditioned room but I only use it occasionally as I'm not really a fan of letting it run all day (I'm slightly green / a cheapskate). Don't really have much OCing though, I generally splurge on high end specs in the first place so I leave things at stock.
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12 Nov 2010   #25
madtownidiot

 

It's a little different when you have a machine that consumes 1500 watts at it's full capacity. That's enough heat to make an otherwise cold room warm enough to sleep comfortably
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14 Nov 2010   #26
Crazymike

Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
It's a little different when you have a machine that consumes 1500 watts at it's full capacity. That's enough heat to make an otherwise cold room warm enough to sleep comfortably
Agreed... Its 2 degrees C outside, and 17 in the house, and 26 in my computer/living room.
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14 Nov 2010   #27
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Are not fans used to cool the radiators in water cooling
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14 Nov 2010   #28
madtownidiot

 

Yes they are. However liquid cooling will always be more effective than direct air cooling because liquid coolant absorbs 100s of times more heat than the same volume of air to reach the same temperature
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14 Nov 2010   #29
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I agree, Water Cooling is the most effective cooling Solution.

However, I would also say Air Cooling is more than enough for most everyone, even overclockers.
Many of the modern Air Coolers perform very well.


I think Water Cooling is one of those things thats simply not for everyone.

It's more suited to the hard core enthusiast thats always tinkering, adjusting, and playing with very heavy Overclocks.
Not to mention, Water Cooling takes a bit more care in setup and maintenence than Air Cooling does.
Not that this is a bad thing, just that Water Cooling requires a bit of extra attention. Which isn't really a problem for those that enjoy this type of stuff.


So my answer would be:
Most Effective: Water
Recommended for Most: Air

For these reasons, my vote goes to Air.

Just my 2cents.
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