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Is AIO better than air?

Computers heat up. They can actually get very heated. CPUs consume a lot of energy, produce heat in the process, and are especially sensitive to these factors when processing demanding tasks such as 4K gaming and streaming. If coolers weren’t there, this would be a problem. The sole objective of CPU coolers is to keep your CPU cool so that it operates flawlessly. Quite easy, huh? That being said, there are a lot of alternatives available to you when selecting a CPU cooler. Every PC builder will have to decide between air cooling and All-in-One (AIO) liquid cooling. Let’s explore the implications of each path.

  • Air Cooling
  • Liquid Cooling

Air conditioning

The ability of sophisticated fans to cool your CPU is what an air cooler for CPUs does. Thermal paste transfers heat from the CPU to the conductive baseplate of the cooler. After ascending the cooler’s heat pipes to a heatsink, where a connected fan directs more heat away from the CPU, the energy leaves the CPU. The Hyper 212 Black, Hyper 622 Halo, MasterAir MA824 Stealth, and Cooler Master’s own Hyper 212 Halo are a few outstanding examples of extremely effective CPU air coolers.

The longevity and ease of repair of an air cooler are two of its main advantages. Air coolers have few possible points of failure and rarely fail. Even in the event of a problem, components like the fan are readily replaceable. Air coolers are renowned to survive an extremely long time because of these features. This is a significant advantage over liquid coolers, which are often less durable than air coolers due to their tendency to malfunction and be more difficult to fix. The low noise output of air coolers is an additional advantage. Even at their best, you’re not likely to hear them at all. For novice builders, installing air coolers could occasionally be a little bit simpler.

The drawback of air coolers is that they transfer the extra heat from the CPU into your casing, which could increase the ambient temperature of your PC. It’s also important to carefully verify if the size of an air cooler will work with your case and motherboard because certain air coolers can have size issues. In spite of these possible drawbacks, CPU air coolers are generally very practical and efficient.

Cooling liquid

AIO liquid coolers initiate the heat transfer process with applied thermal paste and a conductive baseplate. The heat from the CPU is then absorbed by the cooler’s water block and transferred via a tube to the radiator. The heat-containing liquid is cooled by the radiator by adding air, and the heat is removed by the associated fans. The process restarts when the coolant liquid returns to the water block after cooling down once more. AIO liquid coolers from Cooler Master are available in a variety of high-performance models, such as the MasterLiquid L Core, PL Flux, and soon-to-be MasterLiquid Atmos.

The de facto high-end choice if you want to significantly improve the looks of your PC is AIO liquid cooling. AIO liquid coolers not only have a sleek appearance but also tend to be somewhat more efficient and reduce ambient temperature more than air coolers. However, as the radiator on an AIO cooler requires a lot of space, case space must also be taken into account. Additionally, installing AIO liquid coolers can occasionally be more difficult. However, Cooler Master is addressing this issue with the MasterLiquid Atmos, which will provide a more straightforward and satisfying installation process.


There are several advantages to both air coolers and AIO liquid coolers; ultimately, your preference will rely on your needs. An air cooler might be a better option if you’re looking for something easier to use, quieter, and more durable. If you want something flashier and more involved, you might want to try AIO liquid cooling. Please visit our website to view all of our AIO liquid coolers and air coolers.

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