All-in-one water coolers have been worthy of some pretty big debates. Are they actually needed, do they serve a niche need, or are they an option for everyone? - Does their cost at release justify the results? - When I first was seeing samples of this type of unit, I so far have yet to be overly impressed. While these units are easy to install, easier to clean than an air cooler and do look really clean in any build, up to date, performance or noise levels at that performance were just not justified for the cost."
As time went on, some of these models dropped into the $50 range at the big box stores and that changes the game a bit. At that price range, they are way more worthy of your consideration. Basically, all of these units stem from a pair of OEMs, except for Thermaltake's latest concept. Corsair used to be tied in with Asetek through the original Hydro series, but has since made the move over to CoolIT to develop these newer Hydro Series coolers. At first, I found that the move was beneficial for the much better mounting system, and to me, Corsair moved to the better of the two OEMs from my experience.
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