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How long does an AIO typically last for before replacing it?

My old system which I'm currently using is an i7-3770K OC to 4.5GHz, cooled with Hypermaster 212evo. I've built this machine in 2012 and it's still running strong until this day. Roughly 8 years! I'm about to build a new PC soon, but this time with an AIO. It's my first time going the liquid route for cooling. With that being said, how long can I expect an AIO to typically last for before I have to replace it? I heard it doesn't last as long as an air cooler and it's more expensive. I'm hoping that I don't have to replace it every few years. Because I plan on keeping my machine for 6-8 years at least.

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Depends on the manufacture you buy from. Most have a 5 year warranty on them if they come from Asetek which is the maker for most of the units out there from Corsair, NZXT etc... I would look at the warranty and expect it to last at least as long as the warranty is. 

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6 years is good, how can you tell in advance if your AIO needs to be replaced? What are some signs to look out for?

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1 minute ago, LadyCore said:

6 years is good, how can you tell in advance if your AIO needs to be replaced? What are some signs to look out for?

there is no real way honestly. With AIOs and water cooling in general, it just works until the pump dies.. so once temps start soaring and causing thermal shutdowns, there is no real way to tell until that happens. 

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1 minute ago, LadyCore said:

6 years is good, how can you tell in advance if your AIO needs to be replaced? What are some signs to look out for?

100C shortly after boot (dead pump)

Poor performance (clogged)

Strange noises (pump or clogged)

One tube noticeably hotter than the other.

 

If installed vertically ensure the hoses are at the bottom for best results.

 

All AIOs will make noise for a short period of time if the radiator has been moved/rotated. This is normal.

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Wouldn't it be too late then if that happens? I mean if there's no early indication, then you risk destroying your CPU? The software can't detect if the pump will go bad or is about to go out or anything?

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1 minute ago, LadyCore said:

Wouldn't it be too late then if that happens? I mean if there's no early indication, then you risk destroying your CPU? The software can't detect if the pump will go bad or is about to go out or anything?

No software can determine if its going bad or not. You wont hurt your CPU as it has protections built in to cause thermal shut down to protect it. 

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1 minute ago, LadyCore said:

 then you risk destroying your CPU?

You cannot destroy a CPU unless you intentionally try to do so.

 

The PC shuts off when the CPU gets hot as a method of protecting the CPU. You cant break it unless you turn off thermal protections in the bios.

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11 minutes ago, TrigrH said:

One tube noticeably hotter than the other.

That's not a sign of failure, that's what it's supposed to do. 

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2 minutes ago, FloRolf said:

That's not a sign of failure, that's what it's supposed to do. 

Yes it is. The pumps flow rate under normal operating conditions should result in a small temperature delta between the hoses, not one tube that is almost HOT to touch. 

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16 hours ago, LadyCore said:

My old system which I'm currently using is an i7-3770K OC to 4.5GHz, cooled with Hypermaster 212evo. I've built this machine in 2012 and it's still running strong until this day. Roughly 8 years! I'm about to build a new PC soon, but this time with an AIO. It's my first time going the liquid route for cooling. With that being said, how long can I expect an AIO to typically last for before I have to replace it? I heard it doesn't last as long as an air cooler and it's more expensive. I'm hoping that I don't have to replace it every few years. Because I plan on keeping my machine for 6-8 years at least.

All Corsair Hydro Coolers come with a 5-year warranty.  If it were to fail within those 5-years, you just need to submit a ticket on our support site, and we can exchange your unit for a new one.  Let me know if you have questions about a specific model, and I can help you out.

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Double check warranties always, as my ThermalTake only has a 3 year.  I was thinking it was 5, but I just rechecked due to this post.

 

Otherwise good info here.

 

 

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I've had two Corsair units die on me now, your CPU will just hit the thermal limit and downclock to ~300mhz. Then you will get pissed off why your computer is slow, finally figure out why, wait 3 weeks to get it replaced under RMA, have it fail a couple years later, install your old Hyper 212 on the system and realize AIO was a waste of time and money. Then a few years later see that shiny new RGB, get a new AIO cooler from a different brand, wait a year, wonder why your computer is so slow, reinstall Hyper 212 with an RBG fan from the AIO.

 

Ooo, I can get an AIO with a screen on it now??? Bye Hyper 212, see you in two years.

 

(Just my experience with my cursed main computer, I have AIOs in two of my SFF computers and one of them has been going strong for over a decade :P )

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Obviously AIOs are a bit more prone to breaking as they have more moving parts that aren't easily replaceable - the pump can't be replaced, a fan(s) can.

 

I've had my Kraken X62 for about 3 years now, it's still working perfectly (touch wood!).

 

As people have said, I probably wouldn't notice unless temps were getting extremely high or it was making noises, so it's probably worth keeping an air cooler handy in case you need to RMA or replace your AIO.

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On 5/11/2020 at 5:34 AM, LadyCore said:

My old system which I'm currently using is an i7-3770K OC to 4.5GHz, cooled with Hypermaster 212evo. I've built this machine in 2012 and it's still running strong until this day. Roughly 8 years! I'm about to build a new PC soon, but this time with an AIO. It's my first time going the liquid route for cooling. With that being said, how long can I expect an AIO to typically last for before I have to replace it? I heard it doesn't last as long as an air cooler and it's more expensive. I'm hoping that I don't have to replace it every few years. Because I plan on keeping my machine for 6-8 years at least.

Assume the duration of the warranty, there's a reason they are set for the duration they are.

So 3 to 5 years usually.

 

 

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