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CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler – Intel Only
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Keeps temps nice and cool

Practically silent

Cons: Installing it was a pain
Had to register it in my BIOS to get it to function properly

Other Thoughts: Installing it was a pain. If I were to go back in time and tell myself one thing while installing this, it would be to make sure the bracket to mount the cooler to the cpu is locked into the groves on the cooler itself BEFORE screwing it in. You can't just simply screw the bracket in slightly, then drop in the cooler and twist it into place, and then drop down the bracket more to screw it in.

My idle temps are at around 37c-40c, and under load it sticks around 60c-70c with my i7-4790K CPU.

I actually got this to replace my Zalman CNPS9500A aftermarket cooler, because the fan made too much noise. The Corsair H50 makes practically no sound, and keeps my temps even cooler.

I should also note that booting it up for the first couple times, you will hear the liquid gurgling in the cooler. But don't worry, because that goes away after only a few boot-ups.

Also when I booted up for the first time after installing it, my BIOS would say that there was an error with the CPU fan. I had to set it to water-cooling system in the Auto Qfan Tuning setup that came with my ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO motherboard.

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Functional, but high fan speeds=loud 12/06/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Keeps temps nice and cool while playing games. My idle temps are at 45-50c, which may seem like a lot, but when I go to play a video game like Battlefield 4, the temp usually only stays in the late 50c-early 60c.

Cons: The fan is pretty loud to the point that I can hear it through my headphones. And it's not really a consent speed. It goes super fast, and then it dies down for a bit and then goes super fast again. It also just generally makes odd-noises like a very slight buzz or hum. And for some reason you can hear the fan speed up and get loud and then die down again when you're doing minimal tasks such as opening up an internet browser or a new tab.

I made sure it wasn't any of my case fans making the noise, too. It's definitely the CPU cooler. I even tried modifying the fan speeds to the best of my ability in the motherboard BIOS, but nothing fixed it. For this reason, I'm switching over and getting CORSAIR Hydro Series H50.

Oh, and I was kind of careless with my instillation and cut myself on the almost-razor sharp copper blades. Multiple times. Make sure you have some band aids with you!

Other Thoughts: If fan speeds aren't a problem to you, and your generally use to a slightly loud computer, this will keep your temps down to a manageable level.

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Supports up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, comes with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cable management, 4 huge fans for excellent case airflow, plenty of room for pretty much anything you want (even large cards like the GTX 780)

Cons: Button on case to turn off LED's doesn't turn off the red strips at the top of the case, only the front fan (which is not really that visible anyway)

Other Thoughts: I'm changing my review from before (when I get it 2 eggs). I was complaining that my gpu couldn't fit into it because the latch was too high, when in reality the motherboard was too low. I forgot to put the stand-off screws into the case BEFORE putting the motherboard in, and putting the mobo on top of them to give it the few precious centimeters it needed. It was a rookie mistake to make.

The case is an excellent product. Probably the best case I've ever had, and one that I will continue to use for a very long time.


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Display Name: Mike M.

Date Joined: 09/11/09

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  • Last Review: 12/11/14
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