How effective are liquid-based coolant systems in processor cooling?

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I've never had the chance to work with one yet; approx. by how much percent do liquid cooling systems speed up processors? Are they worth the trouble of installation? Are there more effective and/or feasible methods of cooling available?
ASKED: July 11, 2008  10:50 PM
UPDATED: July 25, 2011  9:54 PM

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Liquid is a much better carrier of heat than air, so a properly used liquid cooling system is very efficient. As far as percent goes, I’m not sure but I’d be willing to say about 35-50% more efficient. For this reason, many overclockers use liquid cooling systems.

If you want to overclock, I say liquid cooling is a good option. There are plenty of units available if you just google them. They are worth the trouble if you are taxing your CPU to the point where more than a conventional fan is necessary, but keep in mind, they have improved fan and heat sink designs available too.

Cooling systems don’t really speed up processors…they maintain the life of processors by keeping them at a temperature at which they can safely and efficiently operate. Processors can be sped up by overclocking them, at which point cooling is essential for any performance at all.

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  • Drewloanonline5
    I agree with you, but you also have to look at how much of a pain water coolers can be. If it leaks you mite have to buy a new every thing, or if its low and you forget to refill it, it can overheat and kill your cpu. I still use fans to cool my computers, but I do have one computer that I use water cooler on and I have to say it does its job. Its the CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, it never needs to be refilled and works like a charm.
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