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CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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5 out of 5 eggs Follow up review. Pump noise gone. Average performance. 04/17/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: Quiet because it reduced fan speed required to cool than before.

Cons: Original setup design causes fan noise if fan port is grilled. The remedy: Using four hard drive screws, size 6/32, to mount the radiator on the case.

Other Thoughts: Instruction graphics is good but could be more detailed. Installing with the tubes low and "Corsair" label horizontal may keep things quiet. I am unsure though.

After a week of using it I can say the pump has quiet down for some reason, the pump noise is inaudible, and the fan is also quiet because it is usually running slowly.

I also fabricated a spacer between the fan and the radiator, which I believe helps efficiency a little more.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Not quiet. Good temps. Looks cool. 04/08/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: Minimize bulk.
Looks cool, well built.
Water cooling made quick and easy.
Simple design. Not messy.

Cons: This device uses the rear fan port as air intake. If the rear port is grilled, the fan will churn up noise for sure.

Strong fan not pwn controlled but the motherboard may be able to control fan speed by voltage.

Rattling pump a little louder than a quiet fan noise.

Installation guide did not state proper orientation of the radiator.

The radiator can not be mounted on the case with regular fan screws.

There's a weird plastic ring that the guide does not say what it's for.

Other Thoughts: Now I realize how extremely quiet my previous setup was using only slow fans and a naked tower heatsink.

I modified the setup by mounting the fan on the inside to fix the fan noise problem and that took me a lot of time tinkering and cost me four screws and a fan grill.

The temperature is a little better but the trade off is pump noise. Wish I have a quieter case. Luckily the motherboard can monitor fan speed.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still going strong. Ivy 3570k upgrade 06/27/2012

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It still works like a charm. Useable with Ivy bridge cpus.

Cons: Onboard Marvel sata controller still sucks.

Gigabyte cpu list contains WRONG INFO which states that F9 BIOS supports Ivy Bridge cpus. In fact the F10 version does.

Other Thoughts: Good thing I had a Sandy bridge cpu which is a great back up.

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