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Why you should switch to water-cooling

Water-Cooling

Water cooling is obviously maintaining proper computing temperatures through cool water. Personally I believe this is the end-all be-all of cooling. Air cooling just doesn't satisfy my need to have my computer parts running cold. In southern California, summers get as hot as 110° which means an increase in ambient temperatures in my room. 

Egg being cooked on laptop processor
If your processor is hot enough to cook eggs, I've made my point.




See the problem with air-cooling is that ambient temperatures can play a big role in whether or not your system keeps decent temperatures. Let's take the human body and apply water cooling and air cooling, this analogy will blow your mind. Okay, so let's say it's a hot summer day and you're absolutely on fire, but wait you have a fan next to you! Salvation! Oh wait, now you're just blowing hot air at your face because you didn't really think this through. That my friend is air cooling with hot ambient temperatures. It just won't get the job done because--like I said-- ambient temperatures play too much of a big role in that cooling system.

analogy for air cooling
Depicted above: Girl who has never heard of a pool.

Besides, why would you want to have a crazy bulk of fans in your computer anyway. If you're crazy about noise reduction and can't stand it then air cooing may not be your style. More fans equal more noise, so instead of running a water cooling system with virtually no noise, your case is now filled with 8 fans all trying to keep your processor under 45°C. At $7 per fan, that's a lot of money for a little result.



Now imagine it's a hot summer day, and you're hanging out with your hot model girlfriend/boyfriend. The both of you are just parched, and don't know what to do. When suddenly your girlfriend Kate Upton says "Hey! let's go swimming." you jump up and say that's a great idea, so both of you get in the pool and have a grand old time.

analogy for water cooling with kate upton
You'd definitely go swimming, don't lie.
You go in the pool and it's instantly cold, you instantly feel refreshed and awesome. This is an example of water cooling, a pretty good example too.  Water cooling is an approach to temperature elimination from components as well as business equipment. Instead of air cooling, liquid is employed because it's a temperature conductor. water cooling is commonly used for cooling automobile central combustion engines as well as substantial producers for example vapor electric power vegetation, hydroelectric devices, oil refineries as well as chemical substance vegetation. Different uses of water cooling include cooling barrels regarding machine firearms, as well as not too long ago, cooling of varied main components inside high-end pcs. The key system pertaining to water cooling is usually convective temperature shift.

Let me take a step back for a second, engineers use this method to cool engines. Do you know what goes on in a combustion engine? Mini explosions are what happens in a combustion engine, and that stuff needs to be cooled intensively, this is why we use a radiator in our cars. Same concept for our computers.


Benchmarks of water and air cooling
Load temperatures at 82, not looking good for you air-cooling.

On to the most obvious benefits of water cooling. In the benchmark above you see a very high end air cooling system, the Thermalright Archon:
Air cooling with the thermalright archon
Pretty. Damn. Bulky.


This air cooling unit is absolutely insane. In fact you can bet a computer would stay cool using this right? well not really, but the good news is Thermalright tried to keep it running silent by lowering fan RPM's.






The benchmark shows that even when the thermalright is at above average RPM's it can't keep that processor below 80 degrees celsius. However, when water cooling is put into effect you'd see at the highest performance it kept the processor at 73 degrees Celsius. That is a little below dangerous operating temperatures, but it's a lot better than 82. Also pay attention to the very last entry, 92 degrees Celsius will absolutely fry your components.

Remember that Intel and AMD have implemented a sort of throttling system on their processors. This means that at a certain temperature the processors will decrease their own clock speeds and operating speeds in order to save itself from over-heating and essentially destroying itself.


water cooling with the corsair h100
This is what proper water cooling looks like


Even if it wasn't summer right now, water cooling offers a very effective and noise free solution to keeping your components within operating temperatures. If you own an Ivy Bridge processor, you know that Intel shafted you with the terrible material they used as thermal interface material. In fact they shafted consumers so hard, consumers decided to remove the thermal grease themselves, essentially voiding the warranty. 

Either way, you'll pay a premium for high end air cooling and water cooling. The difference is efficiency.