On 2/13/2020 at 10:10 PM, InnerBeast Gaming said:
Not really. It'll just take longer to heat up with more water. neither aio's or watercooling is the answer sometimes. Sometimes, just save some money, and get a nice air cooler. aio's don't really have much of an advantage, and water cooling really is for the flex/asthetic unless you go pretty high-end, or your componet's arn't demanding... But then who would want to buy $600 worth of watercooling? In a nutshell watercooling is for the looks, silence, or preformance (if you can afford it) Getting a "custom" loop and putting like a 240mm rad, and doing a gpu/cpu loop then blowing $100 on a pump really isn't worth it. Try getting a premade kit, It'll be cheaper and it will have everything you need, such as the ekwb 360mm starter kit, or just get a air cooler, unless you really REALLY want a bit of extra preformance or silence (a few degrees C lower temps, a few DB lower noise, even with custom loop cooling)
There is more to it than just looks. Water cooling lets you have access to fresh ambient air which alone reduces the temp of your cpu by a few C alone or you can just choose to vent the heat straight from your case which will also reduce the internal temp of your case which has a similar effect to fresh air.
So it allows you to have more control over the temp of the air your radiator is getting. You also have the ability to add much more surface area than what a air cooler can provide and on a custom loop even more than an AIO can provide.
Now while in some scenarios an AIO and custom loop can have similar temps the main difference comes down to noise and possible deltaT. Your average AIO is in the 12-15C deltaT range. That means the liquid in your loop is underload about 15c higher than ambient air. In a custom loop the average comes to 5-8C deltaT with some going down to 2-3c. So if you have a loop with a 5c deltaT it will make all of your components 10c cooler than an AIO at 15c.
AIOs are also limited on the radiator side. If you go custom you can go with a smaller, but thicker rad, or even one with a much higher FPI. That means that even though you are doing with a 240mm rad it can perform better than a 360mm AIO.
Custom Rad 240x120x60 = 1,728,000 mm surface area
AIO Rad 360x120x30 = 1,296,000 mm surface area
Now the first will need either higher rpm fans or a nice push pull setup, but it has more cooling capability without even considering FPI.
So to sum this all up. Custom loops are for more than just looks. They have real advantages over air coolers or even AIOs if you are willing to pay the price. The quality of components I also generally higher as well which adds up. You might gain an additional 1-2c from the higher flow of a quality pump, 2-3C from the better designed blocks that can move more heat away more quickly, and then w/e you can gain by being able to dissipate more heat via radiators that are of higher quality. You also have the factor of custom loops having more liquid in them so it takes longer for temps to hit equilibrium which reduces temp spikes.