Go Back   Hardware Canucks > CASES & COOLING > Water Cooling

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 03:14 AM
biff's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Courtice, Ont.
Posts: 1,235
Default Worthwhile Rad Upgrade?

Currently I have a Cosmos chassis that has a dual loop WC setup. I'm still running an old Q6600 @ 3.6GHz. The CPU is on it's own loop and is cooled by a lowly swiftech MCR220 with some coolermaster generic fans, though they are dying and I just got some GT 13's to replace them. This setup deals with the Q6600 fine but I will be upgrading to a 4670k or 4690k before too long. I was thinking on trading out the MCR220 or an alphacool XT45 240mm rad. I think the 60mm version is ~5mm too big without running into MB clearance issues.

So I guess the question is, is the XT45 rad a worthwhile upgrade over the MCR220? Or is it a necessary upgrade to be able to handle a 4670k or 4690k? FWIW I will be OCing the new chip but probably wont go to crazy with it.

Thanks.
__________________
Q6600 @ 3.83GHz w/ D-Tek Fusion
Asus P5Q-PRO
2x 2GB PC8000 Mushkin Redlines @ 1020MHz w/5-5-5-12 timings
EVGA GTX 280 (SC?)
OCZ Gamer Xtreme 600W PSU
Cooler Master Cosmos on water
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 05:42 AM
lowfat's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Grande Prairie, AB
Posts: 7,983

My System Specs

Default

Nope. There won't be a noticeable increase in cooling capacity. Maybe a 1 degree improvement in temps.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 06:44 AM
biff's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Courtice, Ont.
Posts: 1,235
Default

Figured it would be minimal returns. Thanks for the reality check. Just saw a bit about using rigid acrylic tubing and kind of has me inspired to do a replumb of my system, you think that MCR 220 will be able to handle a 4670k or should I try to shoehorn in a 3x120mm (or 2x140mm) while I'm there?
__________________
Q6600 @ 3.83GHz w/ D-Tek Fusion
Asus P5Q-PRO
2x 2GB PC8000 Mushkin Redlines @ 1020MHz w/5-5-5-12 timings
EVGA GTX 280 (SC?)
OCZ Gamer Xtreme 600W PSU
Cooler Master Cosmos on water
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 07:02 AM
Sagath's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Petawawa, ON
Posts: 2,510

My System Specs

Default

A 220 is lots of cooling for a 4670 even if you max the OC out. Ive had a nV 280, i7 920@4ghz+ and EVGA X58 motherboard block all on a triple without issue.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lpfan4ever View Post
AKG shot the hamsters, and then Perineum drove his Mustang with summer tires into the server.
My Disclaimer to any advice or comment I make;
Quote:
Originally Posted by CroSsFiRe2009 View Post
I'm a self certified whizbang repair technician with 20 years of professional bullshit so I don't know what I'm talking about
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 08:02 AM
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,927

My System Specs

Default

A Q6600 would put out more heat than a haswell CPU.
__________________
Desktop: Antec Three Hundred, Z77-D3H, 3570K undervolt @4.1ghz with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb@1866mhz, MSI Cyclone GTX 460, Seasonic S12II 500W, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 08:46 AM
biff's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Courtice, Ont.
Posts: 1,235
Default

Looks like I'm golden then. Thanks.
__________________
Q6600 @ 3.83GHz w/ D-Tek Fusion
Asus P5Q-PRO
2x 2GB PC8000 Mushkin Redlines @ 1020MHz w/5-5-5-12 timings
EVGA GTX 280 (SC?)
OCZ Gamer Xtreme 600W PSU
Cooler Master Cosmos on water
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old June 13, 2014, 06:53 PM
MVP
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canaduh
Posts: 376

My System Specs

Default

a q6600 have a TDP of 105w
while a 4690k have 88w
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old June 16, 2014, 09:38 PM
rjbarker's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Courtenay, B.C
Posts: 5,932

My System Specs

Default

Another option of thicker Rads is the XSPC RX ver 3 that are relatively new models from version 2....they are 56mm thick, so a little thinner than the UT60's....I can get one in the top of my 900D with push / pull Fans and it "just" clears the EPS 12v connectors on the top of the RIVE.
Great reviews for this Rad as well..
__________________
Introducing me n my OCD to Watercooling, is like taking an Alcoholic to an "all you can drink" Beach Bar in Mexico

.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is it worthwhile trading my iphone 4 32gb for... Nodscene Mobile Computing 4 October 14, 2012 08:04 AM
Keep my 920 or Upgrade to A 970? Goalieman077 CPU's and Motherboards 14 December 23, 2010 12:51 AM
VGA upgrade from GTX 260 first, or CPU+mobo upgrade first? panzerfan Video Cards 9 April 6, 2010 08:25 PM
4870 512mb to GTX 280 a worthwhile upgrade? Ging9 Video Cards 8 April 1, 2009 05:28 AM
Odds on a worthwhile step-up from 8800GT in the next 90 days? rommelrommel Video Cards 2 February 1, 2008 09:29 AM