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CPU heat sink air-cooled and water-cooled, which is better?

Views: 8     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2022-12-30      Origin: Site

The difference between water-cooled and air-cooled is that: the CPU in the computer accessories is the highest heat accessories, and to CPU cooling things is the radiator. The current CPU heat sink is divided into two kinds air-cooled and water-cooled. In many people's eyes, the water-cooled cooling effect will certainly be better than air-cooled, but CPU heat sink manufacturers want to tell you: not necessarily!

The effect of water-cooled radiators must be better than air-cooled in this view, on the one hand, the business of the propaganda (water-cooled high profits). On the other hand, the user's thinking (water than wind cooling effect is certainly good), then the fact that it is true? Cpu heat sink in the end to choose air-cooled or water-cooled it?

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Air-cooled and water-cooled cooling principle

Air cooling

Hot products are used in the U-shaped heat pipe tower planning for the high-end positioning of air-cooled processors. The principle is that the heat is "sucked" out through the base of the heatsink in direct contact with the top cover of the processor and then quickly transferred to the cooling fins through the heat pipe. A fan then forms an air duct to dissipate the heat from the fins. The liquid in the heat pipe then flows back for the next cycle.

Water Cooling

The cooling water system comprises accessories: a water cooling head, water pump, water pipe, water tank, and heat sink. The water-cooling liquid flows through the water-cooling head. It takes away the heat "sucked" out of the CPU by the water-cooling head and circulates to the heat sink to dissipate the heat. The cold water is circulated back to the water-cooling head to take away the heat again. Of course, the integrated structure of water cooling is more integrated. Most products have the water pump and water-cooling head integrated, which also eliminates the part of the water tank equivalent to the water-cooling head, heat sink, and the space in the water pipe is the water tank.

CPU heat sink choose air-cooled good or water-cooled good?

The water-cooled radiator process is complex, with a high cost of production. Water-cooled radiators, although the higher specific heat capacity of water, act as a medium to conduct heat to a large area of the fins promptly. Water-cooled radiators with more materials but also to do a better sealing design, there is a greater investment in the cost, resulting in a huge price difference. Many consumers, based on the price, choose products to feel that water cooling is better.

In fact, from the same price point, air-cooled and water-cooled radiators, in terms of cooling performance, are generally not too big a gap if the lower price point, water-cooled and will not have too powerful performance. In comparison, the higher price point of air-cooled will have better design and materials to provide efficient cooling performance, so it will not be the same price as water-cooled radiators beat.

Water cooling more quiet?

Water cooling does not have a fan, so there is no noise, but water cooling also has a fan. On this point, white users can Baidu the basic water cooling structure. Want to the CPU heat sink is quiet, and the key is the fan. Whether it is water-cooled or air-cooled, the fan is the key to silence or not.


For users, if you are not to play extreme overclocking, there is no need to use water-cooled cooling. Why not add the budget savings on other hardware and later maintenance without worrying about water-cooled rupture leakage and other problems (the free warranty does not cover hardware damage caused by water-cooled leakage); if you have a sufficient budget, the formation of a high-end platform, and want to be a more cool effect, then You can choose water cooling, but be sure to choose a big brand. For example, Coolsolte is a professional CPU heat sink manufacturer.





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