Nec_V20Or keep the rad in for decoration and get the Noctua NH-U12A cooler.And before you say it:Noctua has opened a hotline in the US for people triggered by the colour of their fans.The number is 1-800-248 363Yes, that's 1-800-BITE-ME
Nec_V20For the first time ever I saw a comparison between a good air cooler and an AIO running on a dual chip Ryzen CPU and as I suspected see https://forums.evga.com/D...-m3001694.aspx#3006758 , the air cooler outperforms the AIO. This is because the air cooler has 100% of its cooling capacity implemented, that is covering the hotspots of the two chiplets; whereas an AIO only has at best 50% of its cooling capacity (where the heat exchanging fins are in the cooler head) covering those hotspots. Source: Hardware Cannucks The Noctua NH-U12S is not even the best 120mm cooler that Noctua has to offer, that would be the Noctua NH-U12A. So I would take the recommendation of AMD to use at least a 280mm AIO to cool the 3950X with a HUGE grain of salt.
RainStrykeProblem is, that's a 15 minute stress test. A few hours of gaming would show a much different story. The 2 fan AIO water cooling kits are always going to be a better route for those long gaming sessions. I have a Noctua NH-U14S and it does not stand up to my EVGA CLC 280, i'm actually stuck with this air cooler because the case I have that in doesn't fit 140mm fan's and I have 3 AIO's that all run 140mm fans lol
rjohnson11Personally I still would prefer an AIO over air cooling for a 16 core CPU. I hope that in the future AIO cooling will improve.
aka_STEVE_bI'll never go back to air cooler, mounted hanging sideways w/ 5 lbs pressure pushing on the mounts ... AIO 4 life ....
DEJ915 I feel you there, I just built a Ryzen 3600 system for a friend with a tower cooler and after shipping it did not power on. I was like well this is some crap and had another CPU sent over and sure enough somehow the CPU died, it has been a long time but I wonder if the cooler did kill the CPU lol.