By now AIO liquid cooling is something even the novice builders are taking notice of and using more often. The reasons why are pretty evident. With many years of CoolIT and Asetek battling it out for supremacy in this market, all the kinks have been worked out, and more importantly performance has improved along the way as well. Then there are the added benefits that AIO coolers offer that no regular tower air cooler today can.
Most importantly these AIO coolers reduce the weight applied to the socket area of the motherboard from the top tier air coolers that weigh in at or over 1000 grams. The second major advantage these coolers have if you install them as the manufacturer would like you to is that cooler has a fresh source of cooled outside air to flow over the radiator instead of having to use the recycled chassis air flow.
Corsair has made strides along with the OEM AIO manufacturers. Starting initially with Asetek and the round head units we all associated with them, then jumping ship over to CoolIT for their features that to me set the CoolIT units a step above the older Asetek units. Mounting was the biggest reason to move, as thumbscrews are always easier than the locking ring malarkey that used to be associated with Asetek. The second reason they made the move was for the software end of the coolers with what was seen on the H80s and H100s of the last generation. This way they were able to tie the coolers into the Corsair Link subsystem giving users software control of their CPU cooling.
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