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What would be the best, biggest, and easiest fit (in a top-of-the-case exhaust setup> the best, right?) AIO cpu cooler for an Evolv Mini-ITX build?

Swiftech H240X2 Prestige, Corsair H115i, or the Fractal Kelvin S24? (W/ the Swiftech one can upgrade the stock fittings w/ G 1/4, right?) Or, any others as top-of-the-line?

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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2016, 03:20:30 PM »
What would be the best, biggest, and easiest fit (in a top-of-the-case exhaust setup> the best, right?) AIO cpu cooler for an Evolv Mini-ITX build?

Swiftech H240X2 Prestige, Corsair H115i, or the Fractal Kelvin S24? (W/ the Swiftech one can upgrade the stock fittings w/ G 1/4, right?) Or, any others as top-of-the-line?

Thanks...

Build> Phanteks Evolv, Asus Z170I Pro Gaming, i7-6700k, etc...

For that system, the Corsair Hydro H115i, no question. The S24 is older and while it was great when introduced, I see no reason to buy it today. The Swiftech does have the option to add a VGA block into the loop, but that's complicated in a small case, and the radiator/pump assembly is really big - I'm not entirely sure it would fit in the Evolv ITX.

By the way, if you're equipping this system with a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, liquid VGA cooling is totally unnecessary. The cards will not provide better gaming performance under water than they will with a decent open-air cooler.

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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2016, 03:37:55 AM »
Thanks for response. The Corsair H115i would fit easily into the radiator bracket at the top of the Evolv?

No, if I get a 1080 I would not cool it.

The 1080 I would want would be one that exhausts the air out the back of the card?
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 04:37:24 AM »
The Hydro H115i will fit.

You can consider any GTX 1080. It runs efficiently enough that the case could handle the heat even if exhausted internally.
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2016, 04:41:29 PM »
Thanks for tolerating my OCD computer addiction and endless questions....
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2016, 04:44:55 PM »
The Corsair Hydro blowing air out the top of the Evolv case... How is the air from the Hydro fans getting out of the case? I'm not seeing much space at all around the case top...
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2016, 10:50:08 PM »
The Corsair Hydro blowing air out the top of the Evolv case... How is the air from the Hydro fans getting out of the case? I'm not seeing much space at all around the case top...

It vents out the sides and rear. Phanteks has focused on incorporating cooling needs into a case with unique, eye-catching styling.

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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2016, 05:39:52 AM »
I just installed a Corsair H110i GT in the front of a Fractal Define S case and am VERY impressed with the performance for a AIO.
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2016, 09:00:31 AM »
I just installed a Corsair H110i GT in the front of a Fractal Define S case and am VERY impressed with the performance for a AIO.

This is a great cooler, but it might be a bit big for an ITX case. The Define S is a full ATX case. Although the Phanteks Evolv ITX can technically fit a 280mm cooler, it can only do so up top, but not in front. I'd go for a 240mm cooler to avoid potential clearance issues.

By the way, I have some educated guesses about why we don't see the Corsair H110i GT referenced more often. When Corsair refreshed its 280mm cooler line a couple of years ago, replacing the venerable H110i, the H110i GT was the first out of the gate. It got good reviews, but very few of them. Then Corsair turned to a different OEM supplier for the H110i GTX, which was a bit more expensive at the time, and according to user reviews, potentially a bit louder. But there has never been, as far as I know, a professional review of the H110i GT vs. the H110i GTX, or its successor, the H115i, and I think I know why....

Corsair likely refused to send out samples of both the GT and the GTX/H115i to the same review outlets, because pitting one OEM against another wouldn't look good. They truth is that one of these coolers is likely better than the other, but we really can't know until someone goes out and buys both and publishes a full benchmark review. I've got another cooler shootout coming up, focusing on low-profile air coolers, following closely on the heels of my 140mm cooler shootout. But I'm done with the AIOs for this year; just too much to review. Already did the H100i v2 vs. the H100i. Ironically, there have been virtually no reviews of the H100i v2 (TBG's being one of the most popular on the internet!), and I bet it's for a similar reason. The H100i is still a current product, and Corsair doesn't like "domestic fights."

I mention all of this as a sort of critique of the review industry as it stands right now, which is based just a bit too much on what manufacturers want review outlets to sample, and not enough on what can actually help consumers decide what to buy. That's why I'll often go out and buy products at retail to provide a more complete story.

As always, thanks for contributing to this forum based on your experience with a wide range of high-end products, skline00. I know TBG readers learn a lot from your posts!
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2016, 07:17:06 PM »
Ari, from my perspective as a custom water cooler, this H110i GT is an OUTSTANDING cooler for AIO.
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Re: AIO CPU coolers for the Mini-ITX Phanteks Evolv case build...
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2016, 08:44:36 PM »
Ari, from my perspective as a custom water cooler, this H110i GT is an OUTSTANDING cooler for AIO.

That's great to hear. I'm going to keep my eye on deals for this cooler. I might list it in the Hot Deals sub-forum.