CPU Cooler for R7 1700 (240 vs 120 AIO?)

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by Darren, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey all. Curious what your guy's thoughts were on CPU coolers and which route I should go to eventually replace the Wraith I'm running on my 1700 at the moment. I've only used CM 212's and not too savvy with different coolers available.

    I had a Corsair H100 that died not too long ago and have been using the stock Wraith since. It works but doesn't handle overclocks too well. Wanting to get something that will let me overclock but not breaking the bank and look good with the rest of my setup. The cooler has to have some white in it, preferably most of it, which limits my choices somewhat.

    I am aware that Ryzen has a pretty hard overclock limit around 4.0GHz so don't know how much benefit I'd see spending more on a better cooler.

    I'm personally leaning towards getting another 240mm AIO Loop like this DeepCool Captain 240 EX White.

    https://www.amazon.com/DEEPCOOL-CAP...9737794&sr=8-5&keywords=deepcool+water+cooler

    I've also considered the 120mm variant of it as well but unsure if those are worthwhile compared to an air cooler. If cooling performance is somewhat comparable I might go this route.

    Not opposed to air cooling but would like to stick to water due to looks and availability of white coolers. This one did catch my eye though. What kind of performance difference would I see between an air cooler like this and a 120mm AIO?

    https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-U-T...=1499738192&sr=8-11&keywords=white+cpu+cooler

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  2. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    I went the liquid route the last 3 builds and this time I took various recommendations under consideration and went with air cooling.

    I am not disappointed one but and I think the cooler looks baddass..it truly is silent..and cools my OC'ed 7700K @4.9GHz very well.

    http://www.bequiet.com/en/cpucooler/482
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm definitely not opposed to air cooling, but aesthetics are a pretty big consideration for this cooler and I think AIO look better usually. Would prefer white anyway and don't seem to be a whole lot of options for that.

    It's my understanding that usually a $60 air cooler will perform better than a $60 120MM AIO? This true? If so I'd probably lean towards an air cooler or a 240MM AIO.
     
  4. Intel_man

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    $60 air coolers, depending on the specific one, can be better than 120mm AIO's. The air coolers that are the size of the Noctua D15's cool as well as 240mm AIOs.
     
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  5. Calin

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    Well I'd go for a 240 AIO, that Deepcool one is decent. I heard a lot of people complain about the NZXT ones failing a lot so I'd stay away from them.
    I wouldn't buy a 120 AIO because double tower air coolers are mostly better, if you have the room
     
  6. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    I was going to do that Deepcool one but then found a whole lot of reviews for several variants of that model reporting leaking issues. I rolled with one of these and it's on its way. Enermax took 4 days to get back with me on my request for an AM4 bracket but they're shipping it out today so should have it all going in the next week or so.

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835214071

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