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JohnSmith
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Is watercooling dying?

#1 2 years, 4 months ago
Hello All,

I realize this may not be appropriate, but I have to ask.

I've been eying up one of the new Nvidia 680GTX and I do see DangerDen has produced a water block for the the graphics card, but the overall community seems to be diminishing...

I purchased my water cooling components back in 2008 from DangerDen and they've been performing as well as can be expected.

Back in 2008 the water cooling community was booming and reviews were numerous.

When I look at this forum most of the posts are 1-2 months old, and [DD]JERM hasn't posted anything in over a year (his feedback regarding upcoming products and efforts were always great).

Folks like darthbeavis haven't shown any activity on the forum, who usually posted really nice builds with current components.

I suppose the lack of activity is making me wonder if its worth renewing water cooling components or not and just going back to straight air cooling.

Anyone lurking our there on the forum with comments regarding whats the status of water cooling?

- JohnSmith
daleh627
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Re: Is watercooling dying?

#2 2 years, 4 months ago
My guess is that most forum posters on a site like DangerDen's would be here to get questions answered. Once done, stop visiting. that is why I am here now and have been in the past.

It does seem that the new Kepler chips are the first ones (to my knowledge) that are actually pretty quiet on air. I got into watercooling to solve noise issues from the 780i NB fan and my 9800Gt's. I stick with it because I enjoy building things, and still think it is better for low noise builds. Hard to say if it is dieing out - would need sales data for that.

Cheers
MrPerk
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Re: Is watercooling dying?

#3 2 years, 4 months ago
Very true about coming here for info and one stop hopping through the forum for Q&A.

I have the same experience as daleh627, needed some quietness. My son and daughter wear headphones or ear-buds, so they don't care about noise level. I still care, so nope, it's not dead just matured. ;-)
Last Edit: 2 years, 4 months ago by MrPerk. Reason: Hate typos ;-(
ukaussi
360 Radiator
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Re: Is watercooling dying?

#4 2 years, 3 months ago
daleh627 wrote:
My guess is that most forum posters on a site like DangerDen's would be here to get questions answered. Once done, stop visiting. that is why I am here now and have been in the past.

It does seem that the new Kepler chips are the first ones (to my knowledge) that are actually pretty quiet on air. I got into watercooling to solve noise issues from the 780i NB fan and my 9800Gt's. I stick with it because I enjoy building things, and still think it is better for low noise builds. Hard to say if it is dieing out - would need sales data for that.

Cheers


Agree..... my Waterbox Plus system has been running flawlessly for 4 years (using the same Fesser One coolant btw) with only a minor tear down to add a 2nd 9800GTX 2 years ago.

I was also eyeing the new nVidia 600 series and pulled the trigger on an EVGA GTX 670 FTW as it has the 680 mainboard. Unfortunately, I paid the price for not being careful whilst testing the GTX 670 in my existing setup as I had the 2 x 9800GTX's still in the loop but removed and sitting outside of the case which over a few hours resulted in a medium size leak on the CPU connector which dried up on the MB (Fesser is non-conductive as a liquid) and was the likely cause of a MB failure (EVGA 750FTW)

SO.... after hearing the LOUD noise of a non-water cooled GTX 670 I bought a Danger Den GTX 680 heatsink and it is sitting in the garage waiting for me to swap in a new MB and CPU from a Dell OptiPlex 790 donor system !! Weird, but was cheap.

Will post pix when done but should look similar to before which is in the DD Gallery

photos.dangerden.com/Cases/Water-Box-Plus/7334942_P5zWWS

on Danger Dens FaceBook wall or on the EVGA Website - www.modsrigs.com/detail.aspx?BuildID=10388

In my opinion there is still nothing that looks a good as a well designed watercooled system and mine still gets many jaw drops when we have visitors, and these range in age from teens to middle aged peeps like us 40 somthings :-)

Biggest reason that it has dropped in popularity is lack of free cash since 2008. I would love to build and design a new system but barely had the cash and approval from wife for the GTX 670 and cooler.
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My build - <a class="postlink" href="www.dangerden.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t...iewtopic.php?t=10489
Red_Rain
Dual Loop
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Re: Is watercooling dying?

#5 2 years, 3 months ago
Posts on this forum is not a really good indicator as to the overall PC water cooling market. Often when I post here there are over 100 visitors on this forum.

Considering the amount of new PC water cooling products I would say the market is growing.

My first water cooled unit is running strong, just gave it the DD Rad box treatment, will post pics soon.
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