- Jun 22, 2022
Thanks for the input. Yes, I'm still researching different BIG AIR cooling brands and there pros and cons. The Fractal Torrent is purposed for air cooling. The AIO mounts are not ideal since you cant mount a top AIO. The front / bottom seem like a ticking time bomb when talking about AIO's.I can't tell you how it will behave under air cooling; I have mine under a 360mm AIO. Gaming under my AIO, temps sit in the mid 60's, and maybe spike at 70C. If I run Prime 95 or Cinebench in loops; my CPU will go as high as the thermal limit I have set (which I set mine for 85C, which is under the 90C default in Bios). All of which are perfectly safe under 100% max load.
I imagine for air cooling; your CPU would be fine, but I imagine boosting might be limited in the sense that your CPU will be warmer overall; which will keep boosts lower. However, if you are crafty with your curve and power settings; you might be alright.
I have not touched air cooling since my Intel Q9450 from the LGA775 era... lol. Maybe someone else can chime in here for the air cooling part. There might be some good articles on air cooling a 5950X as well if you search around on google or reddit.