I’ll start be defining what “overrated” is in this context: Worth the effort, time, and money – Will I achieve better results for the same, similar, or additional cost compared to an air cooler.
When I say overrated I do not mean “stupid”, “dumb”, “it’s a fad”, or any other negative connotation. I know extra considerations are needed when using an AiO Liquid Cooling mechanism or doing the DIY route.
My workload consists of:
- High end gaming, 1440p at 144hz
- Compilation of large projects, C#, C++, and Golang
- Editing and exporting with Adobe products (Audition and Premiere)
- Virtual Machine Extravaganza! Typically I’m running 5 to 10 VMs at 2GB to 8GB of RAM each and 2 to 6 CPU cores allocated.
- POTENTIAL IN THE FUTURE – Hardware simulation/hardware development (just more compilation and longer workloads from my understanding).
I used a Corsair H100i for 4 years before it dun ded Prior to that I used the stock fan and heatsink that came with the process (Core i3 2120, Phenom II x4, and others).
I am building a new computer in the coming months. Considering my workloads and prior experience, is running a liquid cooling build worth the extra time investment and potentially extra financial investment?
According to NZXT, Liquid Cooling “cools better” than air, and runs quieter, but isn’t necessarily the best way, as it will depend on the case and role of the computer:
Tom’s Hardware made the point that it’s not about temperature, it’s about being mobile? Lol, not sure I get that.