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CPU cooler (Air vs AIO)

NotAVAP
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Hey guys,

I'm building my own rig right now and I'm deciding on what CPU cooler to use.  I'm going to use the Ryzen 5 2600 (65W TDP) so I wouldn't say it's going to be a problem cooling it either way. I'll also try to OC it to 4.2 GHz.

 

I'm deciding between

 

Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE (would add a second fan to the heatsink)

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/product/sVYLrH/arctic-freezer-33-esports-one-blackred-cpu-cooler-acfre00042a

 

and

 

Cooler Master ml240L RGB (would probably switch the fans for the same ones that would be on the air cooler)

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/product/RcdFf7/cooler-master-masterliquid-ml240l-rgb-667-cfm-liquid-cpu-cooler-mlw-d24m-a20pc-r1

 

I know that this isn't a fair comparison because the price difference is approximately €30. But I'd like to know how much of a difference it would make.

 

The fans I'll be adding to the build are the ARCTIC - BioniX F120 (Black/Red)

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/product/XJMwrH/arctic-bionix-f120-blackred-690-cfm-120mm-fan-acfan00092a

 

Thanks in advance.

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You never mentioned what CPU you're cooling.

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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15 minutes ago, NotAVAP said:

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You can go with the air cooler if you want

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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im an aio guy but if your making a work station use the air cooler as the only point of failure is the fan cause with the aio the pump and fans are both failure points. if its just for gaming go with the aio. you'll get better cooling and a quieter pc and better overclocking head room just risking that second point of failure

 

also use noctua nffa-12 pwm or nffa-14 pwm. they are near dead silent even at max rpm and they push an ungodly amount of air. i only use noctua and ive never had a single one fail even after a full year of 24/7 uptime. and yes i know i need to shutdown for updates but if i do i ruin that year of up time. ill get around to the updates soon.

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7 minutes ago, Turretgaming said:

also use noctua nffa-12 pwm or nffa-14 pwm. they are near dead silent even at max rpm and they push an ungodly amount of air. i only use noctua and ive never had a single one fail even after a full year of 24/7 uptime. and yes i know i need to shutdown for updates but if i do i ruin that year of up time. ill get around to the updates soon.

I would love to use the Noctua fans, but the problem I have is the color. I'm going with a black/red themed mini ITX PC so the Noctua fans wouldn't quite fit in. 

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Always choose an air cooler over an AIO if you can physicaly fit the air cooler.

 

2 scenarios where an AIO is ok to use.

You dont have room for a high performance air cooler.

You have space but want a 280mm or 360mm AIO for superior cooling.

CPU: Intel i7 3930k w/OC & EK Supremacy EVO Block | Motherboard: Asus P9x79 Pro  | RAM: G.Skill 4x4 1866 CL9 | PSU: Seasonic Platinum 1000w Corsair RM 750w Gold (2021)|

VDU: Panasonic 42" Plasma | GPU: Gigabyte 1080ti Gaming OC & Barrow Block | Sound: Asus Xonar D2X - Z5500 -FiiO X3K DAP/DAC - ATH-M50S | Case: Phantek Enthoo Primo White |

Storage: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD + WD Blue 1TB SSD | Cooling: XSPC D5 Photon 270 Res & Pump | 2x XSPC AX240 White Rads | NexXxos Monsta 80x240 Rad P/P | NF-A12x25 fans |

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27 minutes ago, SolarNova said:

Always choose an air cooler over an AIO if you can physicaly fit the air cooler.

 

2 scenarios where an AIO is ok to use.

You dont have room for a high performance air cooler.

You have space but want a 280mm or 360mm AIO for superior cooling.

Seems reasonable

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