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CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
  • Built-in Corsair Link
  • Multiplatform magnetic mounting bracket kit
  • Large-diameter 120 x 152 x 38mm
  • 2700 RPM (+/- 10%) 77 CFM
  • Fan Noise 37.68 dBA
  • $114.99
  • $89.99
  • Save: $25.00 (22%)
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3 out of 5 eggs Great hardware, poor software, poor customer support 12/30/2012

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros:

- Inexpensive after discount, coupon code and MIR.

- Light compared to huge air cooler it replaced.

- SATA connection for the pump

- ease of install, much better that the old method where it was bolts, then a ring, then the pump had to twist to lock in place

- Unit can be mounted without removing the motherboard provided you have a CPU cutout.

- Quiet pump, no leaks so far.

- Nice thick tubes which makes it stand out from the competition that still use the standard slimmer tubes.

- thick radiator to disperse heat. When i ran the torture test i could really feel the heat exhausting out the back of my case.

Cons:

Most of my cons relate to the software that control this hardware.

- missing hardware, what you see in the picture on Newegg is what you get. If your going by the instructions you will not receive 8 washers, only 4. You will not receive 4 short screws, only 8 long ones for push pull. There is also a mix up in the manual with the 2011 and 1155 screws.

- Unable to differentiate which hard drive temp corresponds to which drive. It just labels them Drive Temp 1, 2, 3, etc.

- No way to tell which fan relates to what meter. I had to manually crank the fans up while looking in the case to see what fan RPM changed.

- The device icons do not resize when you resize the Corsair Link application, leaving everything jumbled up together.

- After i set everything up and rebooted all my devices were relocated to the top right corner of the application right on top of each other other so i had to put them all back in the corresponding location in the case image.

- When connected to the waterblock the fans are noisy on any mode except "Quiet" but when set to quiet they emit a high pitch wine. When connected to the motherboard the fans are still noisy on anything other that 6.5v "1200 RPM".

- The included fans are 3-pin fans. Considering the cost of this product it amazes me that the lower cost revised H60 includes a 4-pin PWM fan of this same design.

- Corsair link cannot fully control fans made by other manufactures. When i connected my 4 pin Cougar fans it was either Quiet mode or full speed, nothing in between. This caused me to yank the fans from the block get a PWM splitter and connect them to my motherboard CPU PWM header. Much better control.

- If you install their software it will create a process "Sierra 2.exe" that access your hard drives every 3 seconds.

Other Thoughts:

First, before anything i updated the firmware of the H80i to the latest. Despite the missing hardware i managed to acquire an alternative cable form a friend to connect the fans to the CPU block. They also did not receive all 8 washers or the 4 short screws with their unit.

- This was mounted in a HAF 912 Advanced and is my first water cooling unit. I swapped out my 9900LED which have more than proven itself since when i first installed it on my Q6600 in 2008. I decided to go this route because i was tired of rattling sound it made at 35% PWM and cleaning it out with compressed air was a pain, not to mention the proprietary fan that i could not remove and the discoloration of the copper over the years.

- I mounted this on a Q6600 processor on a 775 board. YES, you can mount this on a 775 board but there is a catch. First you must have a 775 backplate as the included one will not fit. I used my old 775 backplate and the 1155 mounting screws fit perfectly. Second, make sure that there is clearance for the capacitors at the top of the board. The CPU block hit my capacitors on my IP35Pro motherboard causing the it to bend when tightening the screws. I did not fully tighten.

- Corsair recommends to mount the unit pulling air into the case, which does provides an additional 2C drop in temps but since my case have a honeycomb cut out in the rear like most cases there was air noise when the fan is set to intake. Changing it to exhaust and no more air noise.

- The included thermal paste is ok if you want ease of install, but after testing temps with the included paste i cleaned it off and remounted the block with A5 N82E16835100007, temps dropped another 5c.

- I also swapped out the stock fans for 2 Cougar PWM fans N82E16835553006, much quieter and cools just a well.

When it was all said and done, i set the LED color then set the application not to start up, it was a great gimmick that the color of the LED block can change with the temp but when the software cannot do much more it becomes useless. I left the fan controls up to my motherboard, which did a way better job, monitoring temps (Abit uGURU is king!), fan speeds and to shutdown the system if the pump stops or the CPU temp goes over 65. I would not trust Corsair link to shutdown my system with their buggy software if something went wrong such as the application locking up or crashes.

In the end i moved the entire unit to my new build. Storm Shout II, Gigabyte UD5H, Kingston Hyper X 16GB 1300, Intel 3770K, @4GHz running at 17c idle and
never went over 50c with Prime95 max heat test running for 8 hours.

I contacted Corsair about the missing hardware since 12/5/2012 using their Tech Support Express, within 24 hours i received a response and i supplied my shipping information for the missing hardware all on the same day. The ticket sat there for more than a week until i called them on the 12/17/2012. Tomorrow will be 1/1/2013 and i have yet to receive the missing hardware d

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