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QOTW: Will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled?

by Parm Mann on 6 September 2019, 16:31

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The way in which CPU development has evolved has placed renewed focus on the coolers we choose to install. Today's chips might be more efficient than ever before, but achieving the headline speeds for prolonged periods often requires a CPU cooler that can shift significant amounts of heat.

Picking the right cooler can help maintain optimum performance levels and the decision-making process tends to revolve around whether to opt for an air or liquid solution. There are pros and cons on both sides of the fence. Air, in our estimation, tends to be quieter and simpler, but liquid setups can be more elaborate and easier on the eye.

For this week's question, we want to know which you prefer by asking: will your next PC be air- or liquid-cooled? Let us know your reasons for or against, and if you're contemplating changing from one to the other, we'd be intrigued to learn why.



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Air. CPUs are more thermally efficient than ever, air coolers air more reliable (less to go wrong,) generally cheaper and a decent one is quieter than water-cooling with fans on the rad + pump noise.
spacein_vader
Air. CPUs are more thermally efficient than ever, air coolers air more reliable (less to go wrong,) generally cheaper and a decent one is quieter than water-cooling with fans on the rad + pump noise.

And theres a more pronounced heat lag in water cooled systems, by this i mean it stays hotter for longer after returning to idle, though this may have changed since i read about it a few years ago.
Air, but then I've never understood the attraction of AIO's.
spacein_vader
Air. CPUs are more thermally efficient than ever, air coolers air more reliable (less to go wrong,) generally cheaper and a decent one is quieter than water-cooling with fans on the rad + pump noise.

Really lol
Air without a doubt, there will never be water inside my PC.

Air coolers don't leak…