If you’re in the market for a new liquid cooler, you might be wondering how long they last. After all, you don’t want to have to replace your cooler anytime soon. In this article, we’ll take a look at how long do liquid coolers last.
Liquid Coolers are large, external devices that are used to cool a computer’s main processor. They contain a large radiator that is cooled by a fan – usually either 120mm or 140mm in size. Liquid Coolers often have more than one fan and can be painted in various colors of light emitted from the LED fans built into them.
Liquid Coolers come with a pump, tubing, water block, and cooling fins that attach to the computer’s processor. A tube runs from the liquid cooler to a connection point on the computer called a “T-Line” where it is attached through an adapter fitting for your specific socket type.
- What Is A Liquid Cooler And How Does It Work?
What Is A Liquid Cooler And How Does It Work?
Liquid coolers are external devices that are used to cool the processor in your computer. Computers today have very tight tolerances for heat and processors will shut down if they get too hot or even damage themselves by overheating. This is especially true if you overclock them, which many people do.
A liquid cooler works by taking heat away from the processor through a series of small channels inside it that are contacted on both sides by water cooling tubes containing “water” (not really, but that’s what we call it) which is circulated by a pump built into the unit.
Most Liquid Coolers come with at least one fan on top of the radiator to further dissipate heat while some have 2 fans or more which is probably overkilled, but it looks cool even if it doesn’t aid in the cooling process.
Liquid coolers can be used to cool more than just the processor though some models have an option to connect them to a case exhaust fan which will blow air out of your computer and across your cooler increasing its effectiveness at lowering the temperature inside your case.
What Are The Benefits Of Liquid Cooler?
Liquid coolers are great for overclocking or pushing your computer components to their limit by increasing voltages and fan speeds. Overclocking your components will increase the overall performance of your system but create heat that must be dissipated for them to operate properly.
If you plan on overclocking, liquid cooling may be recommended by tech support at tech companies like Intel because their processors generate a significant amount of heat while under load.
There are also Liquid Cooling systems available where multiple computers can share one single cooling unit though these are pretty rare these days unless you’re doing a heavy rendering for 3D animations etc. One reason is probably that there’s no need for this kind of setup anymore since most people don’t overclock their machines like they used to.
The performance of a liquid cooler is also generally better than an air cooler because it can dissipate more heat and do so in a quieter fashion than most air coolers which tend to be pretty loud when they’re working hard.
How Long Do Liquid Coolers Last?
While no liquid cooler will last forever, they have a pretty good lifespan. The entire cooling system is sealed which means that there are no moving parts that can wear out. They should function just as well the day you buy them like the day before your 5-year warranty expires, assuming you take care of it.
The one thing to watch out for is leaks – if you get a coolant leak in your computer case or worse yet, on your motherboard itself (which would be an expense to repair) then you’ll need a new cooler.
Most modern liquid coolers come with at least a three-year warranty from the manufacturer and even though most manufacturers claim that their coolers can last upwards of 7 to 10 years, there is no way of knowing since your computer could fail much sooner than that.
Most manufacturers rate their coolers at about a 50-degree temperature drop which means they should provide much more than that in reality (due mainly to the case fans and CPU cooler fan drawing hot air out of the case). The 50 degrees Celsius drop is probably what it will be when flowing water is touching the processor itself, which is not likely in most cases.
You can reduce your processor’s temperature by as much as 10 degrees Celsius (or 18 degrees Fahrenheit) by using a Liquid Cooler. That is a significant amount if you plan on overclocking and it should allow some overhead for even more overclocking, something the hardcore gamers are always looking for.
Keep in mind that many different types of liquid coolers available vary greatly in their cooling ability so choosing one isn’t just about how long it will last you have to consider its price point too.
FAQs: How Long Do Liquid Coolers Last
Is There Anything I Can Do To Make My Liquid Cooler Last Longer?
Yes, you should always ensure that all of the tubes are connected properly before starting up your computer (each time) because even one tiny gap will reduce the heat transfer significantly.
You should also consider buying additional case fans if you haven’t already got some or adding an exhaust fan pointed at your fan for increased cooling effect. Those two things will help prolong the life of your coolers allowing for more overclocking opportunities without having to replace them.
How Much Does A Liquid Cooler Cost?
Liquid coolers range in price from about $50 for the simpler models at the bottom end of the scale which are adequate for cooling an overclocked processor but probably won’t last too long, then they increase to over $400 at the high end where you get into some serious cooling power that can be further augmented by adding fans if necessary. You will also notice the more expensive ones come with longer warranties.
How Do I Clean My Liquid Cooler?
Manufacturers recommend flushing your liquid cooler with distilled water regularly to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
Be certain to use only distilled water because tap water has a lot of salts and minerals that can cause corrosion to metal parts inside your liquid cooler. A good idea is to flush your water cooler at least once a month, especially if you have been using it for a long time.
How Do I Install My Liquid Cooler?
It’s quite simple as you just need to attach all of the tubes from the CPU block to the radiator and from there, attach those same tubes to the pump which sits outside your computer case. Then, fill up your CPU block with coolant up to about an inch or two below its top then connect everything else making sure that each connection is tight before moving on.
Liquid coolers are devices used to cool your computer’s processor which can be useful if you overclock or want to run hotter hardware than usual. They don’t usually come with fans so they only really work well when there is a fan or two in your case to help draw the heat away.
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