No more liquid-cooling for me

January 31st, 2007

When I built my last PC I decided to add a liquid-cooling system.  The idea was that I could get more efficient CPU cooling so I could push the system harder.  After six months, I've abandoned liquid-cooling in favor of air-cooling.  Why?  Reliability.

In six moths I've go through two cooling systems.  The first was a Thermaltake BigWater cooling set up.  This worked well - for a couple of months.  Then the pump blew up.  Then followed the big hassle of pulling out the old cooling system and installing a new one.  This was was a Danger Den setup. 

Initially I was impressed with this new - overall it was a much better system.  The cooling block was more efficient, the pump quieter and the radiator more efficient.  However ...

After just over three of operation the pump developed a crack which progressively got worse and worse (luckily, I wasn't running the system on water, I ran it on non-conductive MCT-40.  At first the leak was a small one and I tried patching it up with epoxy resin.  The crack got worse.  The leak got worse.  Disappointing to say the least.

The liquid-cooling system is now gone.  Instead I've fitted a Thermaltake air-cooler (a Blue Orb II).  This is pretty efficient and quiet - and doesn't leak!) but it's not as responsive as the liquid-cooler.  The temperature spikes a little more when the PC is under stress, but this is nothing to be worried about.  It cools the CPU and doesn't leak, that's all that matters.

Thermaltake Blue Orb II CL-P0257 Cooler for Intel LGA775 and AMD K8

No more liquid-cooling for me. 

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