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Pros Uncomplicated installation, great cooling in Push/Pull configuration, good value.
Cons Stock fans can be loud when set to max speed (Unsurprising, really)
Summary Picked it up at my local NCIX store as an open box refurb for $59.99 since I was planning on picking up an AIO system sooner or later. Radiator was a little big dinged up, but nothing too terrible. Assembled new PC and installed it into my HAF 932 Advanced no problem with a push/pull configuration for maximum effectiveness and I am not disappointed. For $60 I've gotten a cooler to keep my 4.7Ghz OC'd 3570k >55 degrees under 100% load. Fans are kind of loud, but I can tolerate it since I use a headset.
The H80i might have a better look and quieter fans, but they both seem like very solid AIO liquid coolers.
Pros Awesome cooler! Looks nice, easy to install. and outperforms standard air cooling
Summary Pretty awesome AIO. I went from building full custom loops to throwing this in a mini ITX rig. I have no complaints with the performance, and was able to hit 4.5ghz stable on my 3570K no problem. I highly recommend it for a no hasle, maintanence free liquid cooling setup.
Pros Bigger Radiator than the H60 Fit's 120mm fan spots Great performance
Cons Noisy on High!
Summary This unit would be perfect if it werent for the noisy fans. It works wonderfully, the design is compact and efficient. I Would consider getting some PWM fans for this and attaching them to the motherboard controller vs the on board controller as the onboard controller requires manual interaction to change the speed profile. The high setting is "very noisy", the medium setting is noticably loud, and the quiet setting is - quiet, but doesn't move a lot of air.
Summary Running this cooler in a HAF 912 case for 6+ months now, and LOVING it. Keeps my i7 2600k idling at 29C, and kept my previous AMD CPU idling at 33C, so, can't really argue that!
I listed noise as a con as most people don't want something that they can hear, though personally, I really don't care. I have the fan settings at 100% [according to the label on top of the pump/heat block] and while I can notice it occassionally, it makes little difference to me as I usually wear a headset for gaming anyways.
Summary The radiator and water-block are good, the stock fans are due for replacement for more silent one's that displace more air, overall it's worth it, make sure you got good airflow in your case also. It cools down my i5 3570k at 30c in a Corsair 300R case and 60-70 during gaming load. (Ivy-bridge is a hot cpu) and my case is small and dense. Temps would be better in a bigger case with better airflow.
Pros - Very good cooling. - Superior quality thermal paste used (no need to change it, really) - Will fit in any decent case (I got an Antec 1200 V1 so I couldn't get the H100) - Just overall good quality.
Cons - Pump noise on 'balanced' setting - Slightly confusing instructions - Backpanel requires a bit of fiddling and had me frustrated for a bit trying to fit it into my ASRock Extreme4 board. - A bit too pricy at $90-100.
Summary Well, this thing is really good for cooling an Ivy Bridge processor. But I'm thinking that it's probably not the ideal choice, though. The thing with Ivy is that at some point you'll just give up on your OC and choose the 'sweet spot' because it just makes a whole lot more sense. A cooler like this is probably best for a CPU that doesn't have such bad returns as the Ivy Bridge ones. I feel a bit silly for upgrading this from my H50; I'm sure the temps would've been just fine since I ended up not pushing my cpu to its limit (again, makes no sense to use up so much power for so little gain).
Still, I can see this is superior to my older H50 and I'd recommend buying it if you can get it for $70-$80. Otherwise, perhaps look into a lower H or a top-tier air cooler for your Ivy Bridge CPU.
Installation can be a bit of a pain. Instructions aren't the best.
Summary My first water cooler and I am happy so far. It is keeping my OC i5 nice and cool <50. The instructions are very poor so i had a little trouble at first but got it all installed in the end. The stock fans are noisy and i will replace them with Noctura when they go on sale. The actual pump does make noise but it does not bother me at all (fans are louder)
The H80 is a great liquid cooling solution. It reached one of the best performances we saw on all air coolers and sealed watercoolers that we tested so far. It is also not too loud, maintaining the noise at an acceptable level even at full speed.
The H80 is Corsair's newest and highest end 120mm all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. The "Double-thick" 38mm radiator is tailored to fit perfectly with the dual 120mm fans capable of 2600RPM and 92CFM. Offering a static pressure of 1.6-7.7mm H2O, the all black fans are perfect for shooting air direct
The latest iteration in the Hydro-series is the Corsair H80, which like its H60 predecessor uses a second generation design. This gives the H80 advanced cooling technologies such as a micro-channel cold plate design with split flow manifold, high static pressure fans, and low-profile cooling block.
The H80 includes a double-thick radiator and two 120mm fans. It can be installed almost anywhere you can install a standard 120mm PC case fan, and includes mounting brackets for all modern CPU sockets.
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