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Pros: I have owned this cpu for over a year now with an overclock of 4.5Ghz @ only 1.26v. Runs at 50c Max w/ my corsair H110 on Prime95 Blend torture runs 25 hrs straight.
-Does very well in games
-Overclocking is amazing
-Runs very cool and uses low power
-Keeps up with current CPUs in today's market
-Should be able to keep this one for a while
Cons: My only con is that it does not support PCI-E 3.0. However, I have not seen any convincing benchmarks to show any real benefits of PCI-E 3.0 over 2.0 yet. Even w/ my GTX 780 I still get really great FPS in games.
Other Thoughts: This is probably the best and most long term cpu I've ever owned. This was definitely worth the price I paid 2 years ago (around $220 I think). I'm planning on keeping this for a while.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Pros: - Looks nice with blue LEDs and copper.
- Installation is fairly easy
- Still works after 2 years of use
Cons: - Fan does not auto adjust and must be manually adjusted
- If manual fan controller is not connected, your fan will run at 100% and sound like a jet engine.
- only provided me with 10c lower temps over stock hsf
- High price for minimal performance
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Other Thoughts: Honestly this should be going for under $15. It's really disappointing to get a product with such high reviews perform so poorly. I would have completely different thoughts about this product if it were cheaper. This should really only be used at stock clock settings or very small overclocks. After 2 years of this, I decided to spend another $60 more on an all in one water cooler instead and am now seeing temps 30-40 degrees Celsius lower than this one. Do yourself a favor and get something with more bang for your buck like a hyper 212 and I'm sure you'll get better performance than this at a much lower price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm
Pros: - Large radiator and 2 x 140mm fans
- runs 30-40 degrees Celsius at full load vs. my copper zalman
- Noise was not overbearing for me and relatively quiet
- Makes my case look less cluttered
- Nice quality
- Brought on sale for a good price ~ $100
- Works with the original NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case
Cons: - Installation took time and was kind of a pain, mostly the backplate.
- I had to remove the heatsinks from my high profile ram in order to get it to fit but that was mainly because of my case not the cooler.
Other Thoughts: I bought this because my zalman 9500 just wasn't cutting it and was only achieving about 10c above the stock hsf. I currently own an i5 2500k oc'd to 4.5Ghz and needed something to keep my temps under control. I went from 75-89+ temps with my old hsf at full load to 40-55 temps at full load with the h110. I was absolutely amazed that it could have dropped that much. I currently own an NZXT Phantom Full Tower case and I have it set up in push/pull configuration.
I was really skeptical about AIO coolers mainly due to people in forums giving them a bad rap but I think if you can get a good deal on it and you set it up right with proper air flow in your case, then they are definitely amazing and you will see results.