20 liquid cooling sets group test: better than air?

We compare liquid coolers with the best air coolers



Many manufacturers sell complete liquid cooling sets as a superior alternative for high-end CPU air coolers. They're typically more expensive, but do they also cool better? We put 20 liquid cooling sets to the test to find out. 

The liquid cooling sets that you have to assemble yourself have decreased in popularity over the past few years. Aside from the select group of hardware enthusiasts most people tend to get hung up on the drawbacks of this method of cooling. It takes a lot of effort to install it in your PC and to get it working properly, and you never are completely safe from potential leaks and the disastrous consequences for your hardware.

Fully assembled liquid cooling sets are getting more popular, as they come as a closed system which almost guarantees no leaks. Installing the system isn't much more challenging than with air coolers.

A number of manufacturers offers these types of liquid cooling sets as a deluxe alternative for conventional air coolers, with better cooling or more silence as selling points. The prices of these products range from 50 to 160 euros, with most costing around 100 euros. That makes them more expensive than even the most high-end air cooler, but it's also not a ridiculous difference.

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