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2021/01/26 19:43:45 (permalink)
Just curious those of you who have the EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler w/144mm fans how do you like it? Have been using an old CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i since 2015 or so. Its been great but since I had to upgrade and was forced to buy a prebuilt machine just to get a 3070... Well upgraded a few things, and figured since the age of my Liquid Cooler now is 6 years old that has been in use 12-24hrs a day for the past 6 years it might be a good idea to get something new and a little beefier for my Core I9 10900KF.

 
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/01/26 22:18:49 (permalink)
    My second rig is an EVGA X299 FTW K with an i7 7820X running at 4.6 GHZ all core.  The CLC 280 keeps the CPU pretty tame.  I set it up to ramp up and down with CPU temps and with load, I see mid 70s pretty consistently.  Easy to install.  I have never had any issues with the software (Flow control).  All in all...pretty satisfied!  The only reason I don't have one on my new system is that Flow Control has about a 10C offset with AMD...and Corsair is very accurate. 

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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/01/26 22:39:04 (permalink)
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    My second rig is an EVGA X299 FTW K with an i7 7820X running at 4.6 GHZ all core.  The CLC 280 keeps the CPU pretty tame.  I set it up to ramp up and down with CPU temps and with load, I see mid 70s pretty consistently.  Easy to install.  I have never had any issues with the software (Flow control).  All in all...pretty satisfied!  The only reason I don't have one on my new system is that Flow Control has about a 10C offset with AMD...and Corsair is very accurate. 


    Ty much I will be running a i9-10900KF so wondering how its going to go at its boost clock of 5.2ghz. Sadly wont be installing it, got it on my built system coming in. Also a little funny I did ask them can they just send me all the parts and I will put it together. Was told no haha =/ 

     
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/01/27 07:44:51 (permalink)
    The kit that comes with the CLC 280 should work on LGA 1200.  Just use the parts that come with it for 1151

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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/01/27 12:24:53 (permalink)
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    The kit that comes with the CLC 280 should work on LGA 1200.  Just use the parts that come with it for 1151


    Nice, but I wont be installing it, the only way I could get a RTX 3070 was to just buy a whole new pre built system, got sick of fighting with bots, staying up countless hours on the stock tracker discord, and was not about to pay the scalpers. My whole system is coming pre put together. =(
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/01 11:18:00 (permalink)
    I just got a CLC 280 and a couple things about it are really irking me.
     
    LED sync doesn't work with GPU (FTW3 3080.. honestly a big reason I went with it was to rep the EVGA name on the CPU block and have it sync with my 3080...)
    Flow Control pump software forces the fans to run at 1050 RPM minimum! They should be able to run at 650 RPM, and in fact they do run at this speed, before you install the Flow Control software.. There is no way to get them below 1050 RPM after installing EVGA's own software to control the thing!
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/03 17:54:26 (permalink)
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    I just got a CLC 280 and a couple things about it are really irking me.
     
    LED sync doesn't work with GPU (FTW3 3080.. honestly a big reason I went with it was to rep the EVGA name on the CPU block and have it sync with my 3080...)
    Flow Control pump software forces the fans to run at 1050 RPM minimum! They should be able to run at 650 RPM, and in fact they do run at this speed, before you install the Flow Control software.. There is no way to get them below 1050 RPM after installing EVGA's own software to control the thing!


    So a better option may to run them off the board and set the speed in the bios?

     
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/04 22:31:06 (permalink)
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    I just got a CLC 280 and a couple things about it are really irking me.
     
    LED sync doesn't work with GPU (FTW3 3080.. honestly a big reason I went with it was to rep the EVGA name on the CPU block and have it sync with my 3080...)
    Flow Control pump software forces the fans to run at 1050 RPM minimum! They should be able to run at 650 RPM, and in fact they do run at this speed, before you install the Flow Control software.. There is no way to get them below 1050 RPM after installing EVGA's own software to control the thing!


    So a better option may to run them off the board and set the speed in the bios?


    I ended up finding a tool that works with various Asetek based AIO's. It's hilarious, the thing only works via command line, but it still lets me set the fans to 650 RPM and set a rudimentary fan curve! Lol. called "Liquidctl" if anyone else needs
     
     
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/05 05:22:38 (permalink)
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    I just got a CLC 280 and a couple things about it are really irking me.
     
    LED sync doesn't work with GPU (FTW3 3080.. honestly a big reason I went with it was to rep the EVGA name on the CPU block and have it sync with my 3080...)
    Flow Control pump software forces the fans to run at 1050 RPM minimum! They should be able to run at 650 RPM, and in fact they do run at this speed, before you install the Flow Control software.. There is no way to get them below 1050 RPM after installing EVGA's own software to control the thing!


    So a better option may to run them off the board and set the speed in the bios?




    This is how I have mine set up.  I used the usb from the pump to set the pump speeds at astound 90% as well as to occasionally change the led color, and have the fans running to my fan hub.  Running a 9700k at 5.0 all core and temps struggle to break 50 in a house currently set to 65 degrees F.  The temps will go up to high 60s if I use the CPU for folding, which I don't.  My usually work day and gaming sees a max of around 51 with the occasional spike to 55.
     
    I tried out the LED Sync just recently, and it was meh at best.  Worked fine for about a day or so.  Now I just have both my GPU and the pump set to a static color that matches each other, and my led strip runs the rainbow pattern.  Removed LED Sync from the machine.


     

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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/05 17:19:25 (permalink)
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    I just got a CLC 280 and a couple things about it are really irking me.
     
    LED sync doesn't work with GPU (FTW3 3080.. honestly a big reason I went with it was to rep the EVGA name on the CPU block and have it sync with my 3080...)
    Flow Control pump software forces the fans to run at 1050 RPM minimum! They should be able to run at 650 RPM, and in fact they do run at this speed, before you install the Flow Control software.. There is no way to get them below 1050 RPM after installing EVGA's own software to control the thing!


    So a better option may to run them off the board and set the speed in the bios?




    This is how I have mine set up.  I used the usb from the pump to set the pump speeds at astound 90% as well as to occasionally change the led color, and have the fans running to my fan hub.  Running a 9700k at 5.0 all core and temps struggle to break 50 in a house currently set to 65 degrees F.  The temps will go up to high 60s if I use the CPU for folding, which I don't.  My usually work day and gaming sees a max of around 51 with the occasional spike to 55.
     
    I tried out the LED Sync just recently, and it was meh at best.  Worked fine for about a day or so.  Now I just have both my GPU and the pump set to a static color that matches each other, and my led strip runs the rainbow pattern.  Removed LED Sync from the machine.


    Out of curiosity, do you know what your liquid coolant temp peaks at? & How fast do you have the fans going when at full load? 
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/08 05:09:53 (permalink)
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    I just got a CLC 280 and a couple things about it are really irking me.
     
    LED sync doesn't work with GPU (FTW3 3080.. honestly a big reason I went with it was to rep the EVGA name on the CPU block and have it sync with my 3080...)
    Flow Control pump software forces the fans to run at 1050 RPM minimum! They should be able to run at 650 RPM, and in fact they do run at this speed, before you install the Flow Control software.. There is no way to get them below 1050 RPM after installing EVGA's own software to control the thing!


    So a better option may to run them off the board and set the speed in the bios?




    This is how I have mine set up.  I used the usb from the pump to set the pump speeds at astound 90% as well as to occasionally change the led color, and have the fans running to my fan hub.  Running a 9700k at 5.0 all core and temps struggle to break 50 in a house currently set to 65 degrees F.  The temps will go up to high 60s if I use the CPU for folding, which I don't.  My usually work day and gaming sees a max of around 51 with the occasional spike to 55.
     
    I tried out the LED Sync just recently, and it was meh at best.  Worked fine for about a day or so.  Now I just have both my GPU and the pump set to a static color that matches each other, and my led strip runs the rainbow pattern.  Removed LED Sync from the machine.


    Out of curiosity, do you know what your liquid coolant temp peaks at? & How fast do you have the fans going when at full load? 




    I don't open the flow control software all that often, so relying on memory here from benchmarks some time ago, but I do not recall the coolant ever breaking 40 degrees, at most maybe 41/42, mostly the coolant hangs out around 35/36 degrees when I am doing my usual stuff.
     
    I have the fans set up so that they hit 75% at 60 or 65 degrees and I think I have them pegged to hit 100% at 75 or 80 (haven't been in BIOS in a while either lol).  Set up is aio in the roof, my gpu aio is in the front at the top, with two pwm fans also connected to the fan hub so as the cpu aio increases they do as well.  There are also two airflow fans in the basement at a steady 1000 rpm, so lots of fresh air coming in and increasing to match the aio ramp up, and a 120 airflow in the back to help with exhaust.  Case is a meshify s2 so not much for noise cancellation.


     

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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/09 17:07:05 (permalink)
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/10 04:13:07 (permalink)
    Purchased to replace 4 year old Corsair H100i very disappointed. Flow control serves no real purpose other then lighting control.(HW info) will read all sensors for CLC. Fans are very loud. Radiator fans are pigttailed from cooler which is single 4 pin fan connector for all power.If radiator fans are connected to cooler it will ramp fan speeds up at 60c. I removed mine after a few weeks sold on craigslist. The only reason to buy this cooler is if you want the Evga logo with RGB as your cpu block. To be fair this product gave me the motivation to build a custom loop. So in the end that was a great thing and the guy I sold the CLC 280 for $70 was happy.
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/10 09:32:06 (permalink)
    I've built thousands of computers over the last 25 years and I love these AIO's, they perform great! They are the only AIO's we suggest using at this time. Another great product from EVGA.
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/10 12:25:35 (permalink)
    CLC 280 cools well enough (or did) on my 9900k @ 5.2 1.38v passed CB15, CB20, CB23 and RB 2.56 but those fans at max whoa...
     
    Might as well get ready to use the MB fan controls. It just works better or something like liquidctrl for CLI fun. It's too the point I've contemplated just clipping the fan lead for aesthetics it's just that useless for low rpm fan controls.
     
    LEDSync is an odd duck. I wish EVGA had one program that they updated to address all their RGB enabled devices. It is annoying having to run different applications to set lighting for their mouse, GPU and CLC.
    LEDSync needs a major overhaul to be universally compatible with their devices. It did detect my DG-77 case though and it was able to set my case, CLC and even a corsair RGB fan and set the lighting accordingly.
    It couldn't detect my Z390 FTW, Torq Mouse or EVGA 3090.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/12 16:04:22 (permalink)
    Whatever you do do not plug in the fans to the cooler cables and control them through Flow Control. These coolers are border line ruined by how trash that software is, specially when paired with the out of the box fans, as they are forced to run at full blast very quickly within the temperature curve, and at full blast they sound like a jet engine. Connect the fans directly to your cpu fan header and run them at low rpm. Even then I would still recommend getting quieter fans. The cooler itself performs ok, although so so with Ryzen 5000. 
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/14 18:08:43 (permalink)
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    Purchased to replace 4 year old Corsair H100i very disappointed. Flow control serves no real purpose other then lighting control.(HW info) will read all sensors for CLC. Fans are very loud. Radiator fans are pigttailed from cooler which is single 4 pin fan connector for all power.If radiator fans are connected to cooler it will ramp fan speeds up at 60c. I removed mine after a few weeks sold on craigslist. The only reason to buy this cooler is if you want the Evga logo with RGB as your cpu block. To be fair this product gave me the motivation to build a custom loop. So in the end that was a great thing and the guy I sold the CLC 280 for $70 was happy.

    Am on an old corsair H80i on my current system. Got tired of custom loops a long time ago, Just want something I can plug in and go. Sadly Corsair was not an option from the prebuilt system builder I am getting this PC from. Many of their rebranded in house closed loops I have beta tested and not a fan of the pumps they use. As long as this thing can keep my i9 at 5.2ghz with Turbo on cool and wont fail me I will be happy. Getting a RTX series quickly without a hassle this is the best option out there atm. Saw this cooler and was like well lets give it a tray.

     
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/17 03:23:16 (permalink)
    Just did some testing on Corsair's newest unit, and the CLC 360's. At stock configs they are far superior, and tend to be easier to use. They are priced very competitively, and they are very good looking, oh and they seem to be available at most places. Upgraded, they are just as superior performance wise. 10/10 from me.
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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/17 06:46:51 (permalink)
    A couple of benefits of the latest Corsair AIO are the 7th gen pumps and most use mag lev fans, which are much quieter

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    Re: Those with EVGA CLC 280mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler how do you like it? 2021/02/27 02:38:24 (permalink)
    Don't run the software, plug the fans into your CPU's fan port and use your mobo to control them.  5800x at 4.8 all core stays about 60c in R23 looping with SILENT fan curves.  Idle is in the mid 30s.  Leave the USB plugged in so utils can read loop temp.  Don't forget to set your LED color before uninstalling bloatware :)


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