- Jun 1, 2005
I want to know because I'm still sort of skeptical about them as I'm not sure weather or not to have one.
So you may not have kept up with advances pertaining to heatsinks?Well I have been running an h20 system in my systems for the last four years or so.
The last few years heatsinks have been outfitted with bigger fans rotating at slower speeds while producing high CFM's. Case fans are a big part of overall cooling too. My case has two 120MM fans (one in back and one in front) which rotate at only about 1000 to 1100 RPM while producing 45 to 50 CFM's. My heatsink fan spins at 3000 and I can barely hear the fan. Cores run at lower voltages now then they did years ago so you do not have as much heat to dissipate.Well, most CPU fans are 60 - 90mm and run at high RPM to move a lot of air, known as CFM (Cubic feet per minute). This creates a lot of noise.
Well thats true, but the advantage is you can have bigger fans which can spin more slowly and are therefore quiet.As far as being quieter? You still need some sort of way to transfer the heat from the water back to environment, I would assume these water coolers still have some sort of air-cooled fin section with a fan?