« Last post by Ari Altman on Today at 07:57:28 AM »
So liquid cooled is categorically better? I noticed the corsair has room to mount fans on the top (or in my case on the side). How do modern get their liquid tubed to look so perfect in the case?
But yeah mainly I was asking which is the best of the bunch... 2 seahawks? What would be the pros/cons vs the strix or evga?
Liquid cooled will run cooler, period. Is that better? In the sense that GPUs will run at their maximum possible clock rates, yes it is. All else being equal (i.e., overclocking luck of the draw), liquid-cooled Pascal GPUs will run around two bins higher than any other GPU, translating to around 25MHz. That simply due to temperature thresholds built into the GPU's logic. It must be below 60C to run at full speed, and no air-cooled 1080 Ti can run that cool.
But liquid-cooled video cards are much louder than a good air cooler, and are a pain to install. You have thick coolant tubes that you need to route through your case, and you have two parts to install, rather than one, both of which are heavy and will want to drop on your motherboard while you're working on them.
If you're not experienced with liquid cooling, I'd recommend you get air-cooled models, especially for an HTPC.