Q9550 @ 3.4 GHz is a heat beast, and it's sitting at 54c (hottest core) all-out load right now with 3x F@H clients and linpack running simultaneously.
Don't be silly, the Q9550 is not a heat beast, and a hottest-core load temp of 54ÂºC on water certainly does not make it one. I have a Rev.C @ 3.4GHz on air with a single 120mm fan @ 360rpm and I have found it impossible to get the hottest core over 61Âº no matter what I throw at it. 61Âº is a perfectly safe temperature, and that's with
an S1-cooled 4850 in the same box. Prescott was a heat beast, Kentsfield was bloody hot without decent cooling, Yorkies - even the 9550 with its monster cache - aren't even in the same league.
8800GTS 512 absolutely wipes the floor with 4850 when it comes to folding (what it's used for). GTX280 is in a whole 'nother world than a 4850, especially when taking folding into consideration.
Granted, my apologies there.
Is H2o more hassle? Yes, but only if you don't enjoy working with/ around it
Same could be said for my obsession with disappearing every cable in my systems, so I know and respect what you're talking about; the love of that process is the main reason most of us are here. I should have said: "less hassle from my point of view"
Have you compared your current system to the same system under water? If not, how do you know it is "a lot quieter (and a lot less hassle) than it would be if it was water cooled"? See, from where I read it looks like you're just regurgitating the usual objections I see at SPCR-- objections which positively reek of inexperience with H2o cooling.
No, I have not done a direct comparison. I do have experience with water cooling though, and while I would never claim to have anything like a comprehensive knowledge, certainly not of the quietest/most efficient kit, I do know enough to be able to conclude that replacing three 300-600rpm 120mm fans with a water pump and one or two such fans, regardless of quality of components, would not bring me any silencing benefit and would, for me, add a lot of "hassle".
You say yourself that the loudest components in your system are its hard drives; I cannot hear my hard drives, period. I think most of the objections you refer to here are based around the same logic - that there are greater silencing benefits to be had for much less effort than installing water cooling, which brings with it its own set of silencing challenges.
I would however still humbly retract what I said in response to your original claim anyway. In my haste to respond to your challenge I didn't register the fact that you have both
gfx cards in one system. Not that I'm saying you're right of course, just that I'm definitely not