Liquid vs Air CPU Cooler - Which Should I Choose [Simple Guide]

  • Published on May 15, 2018
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    So should you go with a liquid or air cooler for your PC?
    Liquid obviously wins, but not for the reasons you think. Keep watching!
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  • Veron Stafai
    Veron Stafai 14 hours ago

    whai about overclocking i5 9600k

  • osama emad
    osama emad 5 days ago

    if i bought a cryorig R1 and raised one of the fans up a little to avoid blocking ram banks......would that affect the performance of the cooler ? what percentage do you think ?

  • ツQuantem
    ツQuantem Month ago +3

    When ur new to pc’s And u wanna build one this is the best Channel ever

  • MejiCast
    MejiCast Month ago +3

    liquid cooling is pointless, unless you're an overclocking enthusiast with brightly colored pc cases and want to show off or have a pretty little case blah blah. but overall it's pointless really and a waste of money. just upgrade your cpu and a use a good aftermarket air cooler, pretty simple, and far more convenient! lol

  • migchiel faber
    migchiel faber 2 months ago +1

    good video air cooling would be way to go for me at this point

  • AndyDhafin
    AndyDhafin 2 months ago

    I’m confused if I have a air cooler can I still play games on ultra/high settings without the cpu overheating

    • Vyrisus
      Vyrisus 21 day ago

      Yes you still can. Your CPU generally shouldn't run into heat issues unless you're trying to heavily overclock it and need to increase voltages which in turn produces more heat.

    • Giannhs Siasios
      Giannhs Siasios 2 months ago +1

      if you have a good cooling system then u can do everything.. no differences, you are lucky u use less prices air cooling system

  • שקד בר אוריון
    שקד בר אוריון 2 months ago +2

    air cooling is more efficent you dont need a pump its more cheap watercooling is a gimikonly to show off or beacuse you like it

    • Vyrisus
      Vyrisus 21 day ago

      No. Unless you are investing in the higher-end more expensive air coolers (~$70 or more), a decent liquid cooler will almost always be better for achieving high overclocks at higher voltages. Water cooling is not a gimmick; there are clear-cut and well-researched advantages to both liquid and air coolers, and which one is better for you depends on how much you're willing to spend and how well-versed you are in tweaking various settings and fan configurations to play to the strengths of your chosen method. What model and size of case you have can also play a role in determining which one is better.

  • Andrei
    Andrei 3 months ago

    for the price of AIO you can get a Noctua NH-D15 which is as good as Kraken x62. Dead silent at idle, built as a tank. With low TDP CPUs could even be used without the fan (although why would you). The only issue is the size, but then again, you have to find the space for the AIO radiator as well.

    • Andrei
      Andrei 2 months ago

      +Tornado Chasing it depends on a motherboard. And concerning the higher temps - if you put the water radiator on the front of the case, and the cold air from the room would flow through the radiator into the case, then essentially you have the same problem - the CPU is heating up the GPU. GPU would use heated air for cooling.
      I honestly don't think that the hot CPU radiator is affecting the GPU temps to a point when it matters, unless the fans of the CPU radiator are blowing the hot air directly onto the GPU back panel. But usually the hot air directed right onto the case exhaust fan. In fact, the GPU would probably affect the CPU temps since the GPU radiator is dissipating hot air in every direction inside the case and there are no exhaust fans nearby.

    • Tornado Chasing
      Tornado Chasing 2 months ago +1

      +Andrei You can only use low profile RAM, and you would also deal with higher GPU temps (since the heatsink is very close to the GPU).

    • Andrei
      Andrei 2 months ago

      +Tornado Chasing what about it?

    • Tornado Chasing
      Tornado Chasing 2 months ago +1

      RAM clearance.

    ReeEEE! NORMIEGETOUT!! 4 months ago

    air cooling is quieter and far superior.

    • FelixHyro
      FelixHyro 2 months ago

      i still prefer air coller

    • Epic Andy
      Epic Andy 2 months ago +1

      ReeEEE! NORMIEGETOUT!! Lol no.

    RAGNES7 4 months ago +5

    This is a good channel.
    And this was a good video, straight to the point. No confusing terms :D

  • Dsmwarrior1996
    Dsmwarrior1996 4 months ago +2

    From my understanding, unless your running like an over clocked threadripper, a good fan setup is plenty sufficient

  • Marco Rossi
    Marco Rossi 5 months ago +1

    Good aircoolers are better than liquid coolers too lol.

  • Panicthescaredycat
    Panicthescaredycat 6 months ago

    aww shit.. I was planning to buy a mini ITX or a Micro ATX but you just said they have cooling problems so recommended liquid cooling..... shit...

    • akyhne
      akyhne 5 months ago

      +Panicthescaredycat - As long as your cabinet has suffiecient fan holes, it will never be an issue. The same goes for large cabinets. It's much more important to buy a motherboard, that allows space between the components. Like try to avoid placing a second PCI-E expansion card, so that it blocks the fans of your GPU's fans.
      Enjoy your new purchase :)

    • Panicthescaredycat
      Panicthescaredycat 5 months ago

      +akyhne thanks for your reply, I ended up going with a midtower, I was too afraid of it failing me somehow..

    • akyhne
      akyhne 5 months ago

      My oldest son recently build a custom PC in a micro ATX form factor. I recommended him to use air cooling, like I do myself. They tend to be less noisy.
      The Noctua NH-D15 aircooler is an excellent choice. As for temperature, he has no issue at all, only thing to worry about, is the height of the cooler, it only fits in some micro-, and mini cases.
      A good air cooler will allow some overclocking, but in most cases not to the extreme. What this means in performance, is a matter of taste. You mostly will only gain a few extra FPS. Does it matter? Not to me. Whether you are running a game at e.g. 77 or 82 FPS, you won't be able to tell.
      Btw., the Noctua NH-D15 aircooler beats most liquid coolers.

  • Owen West
    Owen West 7 months ago

    Considering a 2600 for my next build so thanks for the vid it helps alot.

  • Pinoy Pianist- Varities of Music

    If you're a hardcore gamer and you want to overclock, liquid coolers are suggested. But if you just want it for office, playing smaller games like PvZ, Gamehouse, air cooling will work fine.

  • Zhang Bao
    Zhang Bao 7 months ago +1

    Recommend me the best fan cooling pls

    • Mashmacster
      Mashmacster 6 months ago +1

      Nactua nh d15 or any of those varieties

  • nilo fernando
    nilo fernando 7 months ago +1

    720p is cool. 😎

  • Rhys Allen
    Rhys Allen 8 months ago +10

    While liquid maybe better there’s just more to go wrong in the pump system and if it leaks you screwed air cooling maybe not as good it is cheaper and not much and go wrong. I say for a new person to building/prebuilt computer it’s air cooling but if your more experienced and have heat problems go with liquid cooling.

    • Vyrisus
      Vyrisus 21 day ago

      As a person who generally prefers liquid cooling, I still 100% agree with this. Good advice.

    • Spence
      Spence 4 months ago

      yea thats why i dont wanna get liquid cooling cuz im scared it will leak or something and ruin my pc so prolly gonna stick with air for now

  • xXBlue_ GamerXx
    xXBlue_ GamerXx 8 months ago +2

    So liquid cooling is better for overclocking and using the CPU a lot and air cooling is for normal and using the CPU less?

    • GamingScan
      GamingScan  8 months ago

      Liquid is better for overclocking, yes. Even if you use the CPU a lot and don't overclock, air coolers are just fine and cheaper.

  • Shubham Bhonkhade
    Shubham Bhonkhade 9 months ago +2

    good video

  • Tou Iij
    Tou Iij 9 months ago +2

    What about AIO liquid coolers?

  • DBtheKing7
    DBtheKing7 10 months ago +3

    Can you still overclock with air coolers

    • Jess
      Jess 4 months ago

      Samuel unless it’s a ryzen build

    • Samuel
      Samuel 4 months ago +1

      What ever you do, don’t use those stock coolers if your planning to overclock your pc for he best performance.

      SAAD HERO 10 months ago

      Yes but u may need to increase the Fan speed to cool it
      if u dont mind noise that is but watch ur temps

  • Starfals
    Starfals 10 months ago +27

    Air cooling it is then.

  • Koome Kimathi
    Koome Kimathi 11 months ago +28


  • Sumit Maharjan
    Sumit Maharjan 11 months ago +1

    Some People say the any AIO is better for cooling CPU with the same price range of Air Cooling.

    • ArchangelofLight
      ArchangelofLight 9 months ago

      From what I can tell AIOs are still more expensive than Air coolers for the most part although they do seem to do a better job of cooling. I've always been an air head (lol) but lately after watching lots of videos on AIOs it seems they almost always drop temps on both CPUs and GPUs by about 10-20C. I am personally thinking about making the swap to an AIO for my GPU since it is always the hotter component when I am gaming. Again, they will run you about 2-5 times more money depending on brand and size of the radiator, but if you're like me and heavy gaming makes your GPU temps high (65-75C with a custom fan curve) then you may want to look at investing in one.

  • rustigsmed
    rustigsmed 11 months ago +5

    noctua nh d15 [air cooler] for the win.

    • Vyrisus
      Vyrisus 21 day ago

      +PrimeRibGaming - Agree. I'd go with a BeQuiet air cooler any day as they are about as good as their Noctua counterparts and they look way less obnoxious since the fans and heatsinks are solid black.

    • PrimeRibGaming
      PrimeRibGaming 4 months ago +1

      E102 Gamma
      Yeah, but I don’t want a giant brown box in my rgb builds.

    • E102 Gamma
      E102 Gamma 4 months ago

      So? Still better

    • PrimeRibGaming
      PrimeRibGaming 5 months ago +1

      That thing is ugly af

    • Oscar Rage
      Oscar Rage 9 months ago +4

      Noctua beats almost every AIO ... Air cooling FTW !

  • Elias Garcia
    Elias Garcia 11 months ago +5

    Good Vid!!!!

  • sudzy
    sudzy 11 months ago +1


  • Vinsu Karma
    Vinsu Karma Year ago +4

    water absorbs a lot of heat buut tends to acumulate it so air coolers are better.

  • P_X
    P_X Year ago +1

    Im starting a new build but will go with liquied cuz i plan to overclock in the future